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By far the most recurring questions I've been asked since yesterday is how am I not afraid of these snakes, do they bite, are they poisonous/venomous, how do I "tame" them?
To start, I only keep non-venomous species, most cities have bylaws against keeping venomous snakes and freehandling species that can cause serious harm is not something I would so casually display. Poison/ous is a completely different trait which very few snakes possess and is a defensive mechanism for prey species, not an offensive/aggressive tactic.
Next - I have got all of my animals as babies or relatively young juveniles - by handling them consistently they have grown up to be very comfortable with me and I, likewise, am attuned to each of their personalities. Being perceptive of their behavior and what their body language displays is my responsibility so that I don't put them under any stress through my own actions. I haven't really 'tamed' them, because snakes don't have some innate aggressive nature that I need to break - they're just like any animal and need to feel safe. I have habituated them comfortably to their environment as any responsible pet owner does, regardless if you're talking about a dog or cat, or in this case, a snake.
Finally - anything with a mouth *can* bite, but these aren't creatures that are looking for a fight. If a snake strikes at anything it's either stressed and is on the defensive, or it's about to eat something. Since my animals are comfortable in their home and I make sure that I don't surprise them or handle them irresponsibly, I have never received an unprovoked bite. I have been bitten by accident a couple times during feedings where someone misses the rat and hits my hand instead. These are minor bites, as soon as they realize I am not their supper they will let go. These bites hurt about as much as a cat scratch and comes with the territory when you're keeping them. It's important to realize that if you own any animal, at some point you might end up getting bit by it - that doesn't scare me because I understand them enough to know it won't actually hurt me.
Let me know if there's any other misconceptions you'd like me to address!