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Old 08-04-2010, 09:52 PM
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I'm not a rectic, 'conda or burmese keeper and doubt I will ever be, mainly due to the fact it would make me a single man but I've always wondered how big snake keepers manage with interaction, handling etc when the snake is easily much stronger and more powerful than the handler! How often do people handle their big snakes and what is it like?!

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I try to interact with my burm every other day, unless hes just been fed or in shed...and although he probably is much stronger than me he is just a dead weight and easy to handle.
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its like holding a big, heavy, lump of pure muscle, i used to have a 12' burm which i handled alone (other people in house just incase) and was fine to handle, just very heavy and tirinh at times lol. was a joy to handle though, but mega strong
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Old 08-04-2010, 10:02 PM
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Depends on the snake. If its a feisty one you can deal with them, and its more exciting in a way. Its a lot more rewarding though with the more gentle animals such as burms by and large which are as described above pretty much dead weight. On the other hand a retic is constantly on it and moving around which makes gentle retics as exciting to deal with as anything else. Theyre rapid for their size and can weigh some aswell.
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apart from the weight my big burm is easier to work with than my boas, he is pretty slow moving and generally dosent grip too tight, i usually handle him on the floor rather than try to stand up with him and have someone to help when putting him back etc.
retics are a different ball game, very active when out and always trying to go where they arent supposed to altogether much more of a handful.
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We have an almost 9foot african rock and my boyfriend finds her much stronger and heavier to handle than my 11.5ft retic. Both snakes do not lie still like some burms do and so you are constantly having to "walk" them and it does start to get tiring pretty soon!
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its like holding a big, heavy, lump of pure muscle,
gay much......

personally for me i dont handle mine...grab them by the tail and use a python hook
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gay much......

personally for me i dont handle mine...grab them by the tail and use a python hook
lol come try that with mine I bet she bites
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retics are completely different , mine is small and shes been so active since i got her and ive seen retics that are a real giant and they always try to move to whenever they want, they feel they have the control jeje, in the other hand my burm is so friendly jajaj, hes always comfprtable with you and never wants to escape


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Wow, quick answers cheers people sounds like the rectics are a tiring snake to handle! I've only got a royal at the moment but I've met & handled quite a few different types of snakes, none bigger than 10ft though mind you (except when I was 10 and went to the Isle of Wight Zoo - 6 of us holding a rectic or conda, cant remember which but I do remember I had the head!)
...My royal can really squeeze when he wants to so always wondered how you would manage 10+ footers, but I guess they are a different species of snake so act and behave differently!
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