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Old 06-24-2015, 02:24 AM
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Consider an early idea type thread -
I'm not stupid lol but I do some day hope to keep a few "hot" snakes and I've always seen the prevailing thought process "Learn from someone with experience with them - don't dive in alone". Does anybody on here have any of these types of experiences?
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Also to further explain (since I typed up the OP in a hurry before my break was over) I'm looking for both anybody on here that keeps hots and anybody that's trained with someone or learned from someone - I'd like to find a teacher
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I worked with a few pretty pedestrian hots as a Zookeeper. Its a matter of changing your frame of mind when handling them.
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It's not that hard really (though I wouldn't start off with elapids), common sense goes a long way.
A few pointers:

Never open the enclosure before you've located all snakes.
Never go within striking distance of the snake, use the full length of the hook at all times.
Don't get too comfortable, even though your snake never showed any aggression towards you it doesn't mean it never will, they're treacherous like that.
Treat all venomous snakes like if they could kill you, even if they have a mild venom.
Keep a good lock on the tank, no improvised duct tape contraptions.
Never open the tank while intoxicated ( should go without saying )
And of course, don't get bit!

When you're ready I would recommend you to start with a smaller arboreal viper, mostly cause they're easy to handle, most of the time they'll just grab on to the hook and stay there. Also they're not likely to hide amongst the leaf litter and "ambush" you.
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Always have a plan if you do get bit. You never want to get bit, but you need to be prepared for if you are.

A species identification card to hand the EMTs or take with you.

Know if and where antivenom is available locally. Call those sources regularly and verify stock.

Work with a 2nd person around if you can. We had a 2 person policy.

We ran a drill once venom actions 4x a year.
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Thank you both for everything, this is all for long term. Not even within the next year or two - just acting as a sponge for now, soaking up all I can. Your information has been great.
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Also keep an epipen handy. It isn't uncommon for those who routinely work with venomous snakes to develop anaphylactic reactions to the venom. There are small amounts that end up in the enclosures from one action or another by the snake (such as feeding) and that can kill you long before you could get help to your house.

As an example the details aren't quite exact but he did die from anaphylactic shock.

One of the things to consider is that the day it becomes totally routine to clean and care for the animals, then that is when your most likely to get bit.

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