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a bit afraid of snakes

Discussion in 'Reptiles & Amphibians' started by nuhkeetah, Feb 19, 2010.

  1. nuhkeetah

    nuhkeetah Puppy

    So, I am getting a job at petsmart, hopefully. i would be in the pet care department and this would deal with snakes, small ones.

    I have been around snakes but they still scare me a little bit. and knowing they will occasionally strike at me is terrifying to me!

    Anyone have tips on how to feel more comfortable? Some things not to do when I am handling them?

    Oh and giving them medications? Whats the best way to do that without pissing them off or scaring them?

    Thank you :]
  2. Gatorpit

    Gatorpit Good Dog

    Just be calm when handling them. Your fear will make them nervous.

    I would say to go ahead and let them strike you a few times. It doesn't hurt at all, and letting it happen a few times wll help you realize that.

    You pretty much can't medicate a snake without frightening it, just try to be gentle but firm.

    Just spend some time handling them. You'll get over your fear quickly enough.

    Seeing as how most of the folks that work in these stores don't know anything about most of the animals being sold, make yourself the exception and learn a bit so that you can better advise customers in their proper care.

    What I would suggest you do is make a list of animals in stock, and go to kingsnake.com and look up caresheets for each.

    The sheets provided by the store are very basic, uninformative, and frequently entirely incorrect.

    Not to mention some of the things I've heard employees telling people are just outrageous.

    ---------- Post added at 11:05 AM ---------- Previous post was at 11:04 AM ----------

    Don't mess with their heads when handling. They usually don't like that too much.
  3. nuhkeetah

    nuhkeetah Puppy

    So much great information. Thank you GatorPit. :D

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