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Old 08-05-2014, 06:52 PM
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I re homed a carpet python from a pet shop that was closing and i can not handle her. Everytime i put my hand near her viv she strikes out it takes nearly a hour to even change her water. Can anybody offer some advice? She was never handled in the shop and they used to put her food in the viv so i think the viv smells of food now.
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Old 08-05-2014, 07:02 PM
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Old 08-05-2014, 07:09 PM
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Tap training a carpet doesn't really work since they just climb the hook.
I've tried for a long time to do this.

My trick for snappy carpets is to use a sheet of card or a rub lid as a shield.
Go in the viv with it first, let them have a smell if they want but use it to push the head to the side or away from you while you do what needs to be done.
You can even pin the head gently with it and pick the rest of the snake up to handle.
You'll probably find that it will calm down once you've got hold of it.

The viv will not smell of food if you've put fresh substrate in.
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I re homed a carpet python from a pet shop that was closing and i can not handle her. Everytime i put my hand near her viv she strikes out it takes nearly a hour to even change her water. Can anybody offer some advice? She was never handled in the shop and they used to put her food in the viv so i think the viv smells of food now.
Tip for the future don't re home something you cant deal with, an hour to change water shows you shouldn't have taken her on.
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Old 08-05-2014, 08:06 PM
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I do the same as Hannah. All my pure jungles are very moody and love having a go. I tend to use whatever's around me at the time and gently push the snake away.
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Old 08-05-2014, 08:13 PM
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Something I also noticed with my carpets -

I had a viv stack of 5 vivariums, one of top of the other. The top 2 were difficult to see into and I needed steps to clean and feed.

I put a very tame Jag I had at the time on the top viv and over the space of about 3 months she became very aggressive and would bite at any sign of movement. I then put her in the bottom viv and over the next few months she calmed down.

I tried this again with one of my jungles and found exactly the same thing happened! She is now kept at around waist height and calmed down!

I don't know why or if anyone else has experienced the same thing with other species? Being semi-arboreal I suspect that when the snake is 'looking down' in the wild when on plants/trees then it thinks that most things moving below are prey??
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:50 PM
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Something I also noticed with my carpets -

I had a viv stack of 5 vivariums, one of top of the other. The top 2 were difficult to see into and I needed steps to clean and feed.

I put a very tame Jag I had at the time on the top viv and over the space of about 3 months she became very aggressive and would bite at any sign of movement. I then put her in the bottom viv and over the next few months she calmed down.

I tried this again with one of my jungles and found exactly the same thing happened! She is now kept at around waist height and calmed down!

I don't know why or if anyone else has experienced the same thing with other species? Being semi-arboreal I suspect that when the snake is 'looking down' in the wild when on plants/trees then it thinks that most things moving below are prey??
I agree with this, I have a gtp who was docile and never really boticed me but now shes in a viv just above head height and she strikes at me now!? Must be a looking down thing! I might move my other overly docile one into that viv to see if he wakes up a bit being above head height!
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Tip for the future don't re home something you cant deal with, an hour to change water shows you shouldn't have taken her on.
There was nobody else to take her as the lad was a mate and just dropped the snake off at my house. I rehome many animals and have bosc monitors and a boa. I had no idea what temrament this carpet had or how they had treated it in the shop until afterwards. It was kept in its tank for over a year and never handled. I was the only person he knew who rehomed reptiles.
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Don't worry you are doing the best you can by her and seeking help. As others have said try to move her head away from you by blocking with something, if you pick her up and remove her from the tank she might well be placid. How big is this snake?
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Tip for the future don't re home something you cant deal with, an hour to change water shows you shouldn't have taken her on.
I don't think that is true.

They are asking for advice, this is the kind of thing you learn from experience, and there is nothing like a constantly striking snake to teach you how to deal with it. Nowhere did they say they feel overwhelmed or unable to care for it.

Your comment is the kind that discourage people from seeking advice which is the opposite of this forum's purpose.
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