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    From the day Ringworm, our banded Cal King , came home from the pet shop, she has had one mission--- to destroy the fingers of anyone holding her. She has recieved her black belt in finger chewing, and is graduating to hand constricting. Makes a daddy proud! Although she eats like a pig, and is well taken care of, she prefers to be as mean as she can be. I am glad that the other babies we bought, desert kingsnakes, were the exact opposite of her bad attitude. They are easy to handle, and do not bite. And excellent eaters. I do not know what happened to this snake while she lived with whoever hatched her out, but it is like a permanent scar in this snakes head. She would kill both of the other snakes if she had the chance, and looks at our dog like he's an oversize mouse. She is intense, but she is too beautiful!! I will keep her til she is dead, nature would appreciate that.
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    Well, heres a little update on my snake.
    Monday I noticed that her eyes were cloudy. So I left her alone until today. I checked her to see how she was doing and I noticed that her eyes was clear. Maybe it was a reflection or something that I saw when I thought her eyes was cloudy. Since I left her alone she has been hiding in a basket that I have overturned in her tank. Today when I saw that her eyes were clear and she wasn't shedding, I decided to touch her and see how she reacted. I rubbed my hand down her body, she didn't seem to really like it but she didn't get upset either. So I picked her up and let her crawl from hand to hand for about five minutes. She never tried to turn and bite.
    So I think that her time away from the pet store has caused to be less defensive. I also think think that by me leaving her alone has let her calm down a little.
    I first wrote this because I wanted to tell how she was so unlike normal king snakes. Since I've had her home she has been showing typical king snake behavior.
    I know I have a long way to go with this snake but I also think I have made a huge jump 5 days I've had her.

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    aww that's GREAT! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] maybe s/he'll become your best snake :P sometimes you like them more if they were a pain in the ... neck... at first [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] like my birds! aldough I also love molly... :'( but that's another story.
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    Well, one thing for sure, you need to wash your hands or use sanitizer if you have messed with another reptile before going to her. The scent of another snake will trigger a feeding response sometimes with kingsnakes, and I think chains are among the most aggressive snake eaters in the family. That may have been part of the problem at a pet store, if she was around other reptiles and they just went down the line in their care of their animals.

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    Congrats on you buy [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

    I had a herp friend a while back that used a method of calming down maniac snakes that I've never heard of before.
    What he did was this: After taking the snake home, he left it undisturbed for like a week. (covered cage to eliminate stress, etc) After that week, he offered food (eating is often a good sign, many wont eat if stressed).
    Then he threw in an old used T-shirt of his into the tank, and covered it for another week.

    He swears that this method calms the snakes down towards him. I never handled any of his snakes, as he kept mostly venom.
    His theory was that putting the smell of himself in a safe environment to the snake, would help it to get used to that smell, and strike less at him.

    I tried this method out with my Cheynei litter, as they tend to be evillish, and to this day I havent been bitten once by them.

    It's too early for me to vouch for it, but it could be worth a shot...

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    As I promised, here are some pics of my king.








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    awesome! Looks real healthy too. I myself have a black rat snake and a corn

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    I don't see its jaws locked around any fingers. Is that a sign of a truce between human & snake?
    Bruce in CT

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