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    Default I want a snake but i'm afraid of being bitten

    I've been really intrigued by snakes for quite some time now..

    I have never owned one and I've only held a corn snake for about 1 minute.

    I'm scared of being bitten by a snake but the thought of having a cool ball python morph and being able to handle it for a while seems really cool.

    I guess I'm more of afraid of not knowing what to do when/if I were to get bit, and how much it would hurt... and if it happened I'm afraid I wouldn't want to hold the snake anymore..

    It's weird.. even though a tiny fear is there... The thought of owning one still remains.

    Thoughts? Should I try one out, or hold-off till I'm more confident?

    but I also feel like to be confident with them, I have to own one??

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    Go with a corn snake , our first snake were ball pythons and honestly found them boring.....we picked up five corn snakes and theyre totally awesome... one of them we had to switch back with the breeder due to a Kinked spine and whilst getting pictures it bit my finger it didnt really hurt,was a little blood but all in all not traumatic more amusing than anything :P

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    Thanks for the insite,

    Corn snakes seem cool too,
    When they bite, do they latch on? or just a quick strike-n-release?

    Also, if a snake does strike, is it best to leave it alone, or continue to hold it?

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    The corn that bit me felt no worse than a blood sugar test and I kept holding him no problems I didnt want him associating him biting with me putting him away

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    Oh and it was a very quick bite and release theyre not trying to eat you they want to bite and quickly release to escape

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    Appreciate the info. I'm going to try and hold some at Repticon and see how that goes. Thanks!

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    My wife was terrified of snake too and wouldnt let m have one for eight years then once we got one she wen an got he own she loved them so much

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    haha, I feel like if I do get one, I'm going to enjoy them a lot too.

    If I can bother you for one more question

    Are the snakes you keep, mainly look but don't touch type animals? Or do you find yourself holding them moderately or frequently? If so, how long do you handle them for?

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    From my experiences with other's snakes, I would suggest a children's python. Personality-wise, they're like a cross between a corn and a ball python. Very docile, yet somewhat active at the same time. I've always been leery of snake bites myself, and this was the snake recommended to me, and I love them.

    The suggestion was also to start small. Young snakes have a much less intimidating bite than adults, so going with a young snake will allow you to get used to not only owning a snake, but also with dealing with the possibility of being bitten. And caring for it as it grows will also help develop your attachment, so you're much less likely to be too upset with it if it does bite.

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    We have them out every couple of days alternating between them and probably an hour at a time... my 12 year olds snake she has out virtually every day , theyre all very much held

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