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PAGE 9: HANDLING

 

There are a lot of mixed feelings about handling captive animals, the majority of people surveyed while compiling this information handle their animals and I do as well. Reaching lengths greater than 3 meters an adult M. boeleni can be quite a hand full. Having a large adult with attitude, who does not like to be handled, can be frustrating and dangerous. Interaction on a regular basis will condition the animal to handling and provide additional exercise. Always practice good aseptic techniques when handling by thoroughly washing your hands or any skin exposed to the animal. Beware M. boeleni like most snakes in the Morelia group have large teeth that can inflict serious lacerations requiring medical attention.

All of the wild Boelen's Pythons found were very docile and never exhibited aggressive behavior. Photos by Spataro and Baldogo

Dani tribesman respect and appreciate these amazing snakes. Their willingness to help locate this species was very enthusiastic. Without their knowledge of this species none of this information would be possible. Photo by Baldogo

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I handle all of my Boelen’s Pythons, conditioning them to interaction with me and my help. I want to ensure our safety as well as the safety of the snakes.

 

     

© 2007 Marc A. Spataro