A fine example to novice snake keepers of the old saying: “Do as I say, not as I do”

This is what happens when you are in a hurry and forget to pick up your snake hook, or suitable substitute, before reaching into a hungry carpet python’s tank. Carpet pythons have notoriously bad attitudes, and when they’re hungry it’s like serpent PMS. EVERY snake keeper gets bit now and then….but this was just forgetful on my part. I’m not afraid or ashamed to admit that sometimes I make mistakes. Some of us really into the reptile world like to show off our snake bites like badges.

What did this feel like, you ask? A hundred red hot needles, a stab wound, and the same feeling you get when you sprain your wrist. The thing about snake bites, I’ve found, although they can be initially painful, the pain dulls and goes away in a short time. Always remember….wash out and bandage a snake bite IMMEDIATELY.

MY ADVICE IS FOR NON-VENOMOUS ONLY. I know very little about venomous and would never presume to give ill-informed advice.

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