FAQS about Reptiles
Feeding Your Snakes
Many people feed their animals by hand. Most of the time, dropping prey into reptile cages with your bare hand doesn’t result in any problems. But even tiny snakes can make a mistake. If your reptile start associating your hand with food, there’s a chance that it’ll bite you before it’s even realized what it’s doing. After all, snakes often strike first, and think later.
Most constrictor bites aren’t likely to be damaging to you, but they can hurt the snake. Plus, no one likes to be bitten. Feed your animals prekilled prey using tongs, and you cut down on the risk of being bitten, stressing your snake, and treating your reptile for tooth loss. Feeding with tongs is just a smart idea.
Handling Your Snakes
Handling your animals with snake tongs is a little less common than tong feeding, but it’s still smart. This is the way most zoos and professionals handle their snakes, and for good reason. Even snakes that don’t associate human hands with food may attack something moving quickly in their cage, especially if they sense that it’s warm.
Using tongs to remove animals from reptile cages means that you don’t end up being bitten. This is a particularly big concern for larger snakes. Tongs can also help you handle snakes that don’t have a great attitude. Not every snake requires tong handling, but some of them are going to. It’s a good idea to have the tools on hand before you need them.
Which Tongs to Use?