Quick Answer: Why Is My Ball Python Striking At Me?

Why did my snake strike at me?

If a ball python smells the food on your skin, they are very likely to mistaken your hand or arm for food, causing them to strike at you.

If you’re sure that you washed your hands really well and that you don’t smell like any type of snake food, the ball python has likely bit in defence due to stress..

How do you tell if your ball python likes you?

The snake may wrap itself around your hands or fingers, but not tightly. Its grasp may be firm for stability, but it will not squeeze so much that it hurts you. A snake which is comfortable with you will also feel free to explore your arms and shoulders when you hold it.

Why has my ball python turned aggressive?

Few of the main reasons why your ball python is aggressive are hunger, stress, being introduced into a new environment. Other causes of aggression are feeling threatened, lack of hides and more. Always check your ball python’s setup to see if living conditions are ideal, watch its behaviors to rule out any problems.

What do I do if my ball python bites me?

It’s uncommon for pet ball snakes to bite, but it’s possible. Handling your ball snake appropriately will reduce the chance of a bite. If you receive a bite from a ball python, clean the wound with warm soap and water and contact your doctor. Seek emergency medical treatment if the bite is severe.

Do ball pythons like to be held?

Do Ball Pythons Like to Be Handled While ball pythons are not characteristically emotional or “cuddly” creatures (they probably will never eagerly come towards you to be picked up), they typically tolerate handling quite well. Some may even enjoy getting out of their tank and exercising while you handle them.

What is normal ball python behavior?

Behavior of the Ball Python Adult ball pythons are solitary and nocturnal. They prefer having a dark place to hide during the day, and emerge at night to hunt for their prey. In captivity they can be very docile if they are handled frequently.

Can I handle my ball python everyday?

Handle your snake at least 1-2x weekly, but no more than once daily. Snakes do not require social interaction for their mental health, but regular handling helps the snake stay tame and can be a good opportunity for exercise.