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Old 31-07-2009, 09:28 PM
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Hi

Our wee Albino Cali King isn't taming down very well, he strikes, musks and cr*ps every time we take him out.

We don't handle him after feeding, and don't take him out for very long, but aren't too sure how long is too long (he's usually out for about 5 minutes at a time).

Usually settles down after he's out.

Is he likely to tame down?

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Old 31-07-2009, 09:30 PM
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My female albino cali king is also nuts lol! Have never really thought about how to calm her down ive just put up with it!
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i would hate to get this wrong so check but i have known of corns calming down when put with other snakes so that may i help i dont know but well please check and well i dunno it is an idea
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Old 01-08-2009, 10:35 AM
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I believe there's a possibility they would eat one another. I think they can eat other snakes in the wild, so not so sure that's a good idea

Anyone got an other ideas? He's so cute if he'd just learn to behave
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Old 01-08-2009, 10:45 AM
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Congratulations, you have a normal young kingsnake.

If you persist with handling - especially as you say he settles down after being gotten out - he will eventually learn one of two things:

1. You're not going to eat him, so he doesn't need to musk/etc you.
2. Musking/etc doesn't stop you from handling him so it's a waste of effort.
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Old 01-08-2009, 11:33 AM
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When you read through the cali threads there seems to be a trend for the albinos to be a tad fiestier than the others
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Old 01-08-2009, 12:04 PM
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Don't worry! My king thout I was food for the first 18 months I had him! He is now the softest most inquisitive snake. Kings just require gentle persistence - you may have to take a few bites and muskings, but its better to get it out of his system when he's younger, he will learn you aren't a threat after a while - they are a bit more hard work than a corn, but then they have more chartacter to them. Good luck!
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Old 01-08-2009, 02:45 PM
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there is some methods of calming and taming snake, the first one is persist with handling. if you handle him daily he will likely to know your scent as undangerous beings and calm down.

also you can try the shirt method. use a shirt for a day long do everything with it (go out and have a run) and so that shirt is full of your scent. put it in the cali tank, and he will see your scent (and shirt) as safe things. put it there for 3 days or so.

and of course, most young colubrid snakes are like that, they're easily scared, but i think it will dissapear when they're adult.

hope this helps mate
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Old 01-08-2009, 09:48 PM
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Thanks, never thought about a sweaty shirt, lol.

Also good to know that he's 'normal'!!!
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