ok so my burmese python (saphire) is acting up she did this thing wr she shed and wuz going really fast towards my hand every time i go to pick her up so she shed about a day after that she wuz fine then i feed her for the first time fater her doing this waited 3 days for her to digest and now i went to carry her nad shes doing it again she followed my hand REALLY fast
you need to get those rodents out of that room and never get the rodent scent on you until that time handling your burm or I promise you will get bit. When I'm thawing rodents in the bathroom, my burms and retics can smell them right absent. Scent one of the ways snakes hunt. If you smell like their food, then they will think you are their food.
Well you're gonna hold problems then. I would try the best i could to separate them. Otherwise you're going to have a burm that is other stressed and hungry. A snake in food mode, can be dangerous when it gets bigger.
IF you are feed in the same enclosure where on earth she lives, this may be a reason why this is happening. When you feed within the same container, it is best to regularly change the bedding and wipe the inside of the enclosure.The rodent scent from a preceding meal can remain inside the tank for a while. The more you feed surrounded by there and do not change the bedding out or wipe down, the more the rodent scent accumilates inside the tank. It purely piles up. Two things trigger a feeding response, scent,heat and movement. Movement and heat would be your approaching foot and the scent from the last time you fed her is already in nearby. IF you do feed in a separate container, start using a hook to discourage and condition her from getting into that snappy mood. When snakes feed right after a shed, their feed response is strong and their mood is anxious.When my snakes do this same thing I offer them a small meal sometimes, kinda close to a snack you could say, before their actual feeding light of day comes up.
i agree with the other person
Answers: you don't say how big she is.. my burmese be fed once a week and did this, then I found out, she wasn't eating plenty, so each week I increased her to 2 giant rats, she ate those with no problem and still followed my hand.. I finally get it right with 2 giant rats 1 week and then 3 the next next 2 after that. Also, females are much more aggressive then males. I handled Abigale constantly and made sure she be always well taken care of. When I finally give her to Mariane World in Vallejo Calif. she was 10 feet long.
My son have a burmese from a baby until it was 2 or so, it was longer after 5 feet and as big around as a soft ball when we sold it. I made my son sell it because he wasnt keeping up near his grades (another story) I have to ask, when you reached in the cistern and the snake followed your hand, did you already have the live feeder rats in the room? I ask because we figure out that the reason he was so agresive was he must own smelt the rats, because he was fine all other days. Also, we feed the snake the Live small white or gray mice, 1 or 2 at a time, when it be young, but once the burmese was a year of so old, he would literally drink 10 or so, every month. My son would just toss them in and he would strike them fast. We next moved up to gerbals as a treat. If you are feeding your snake frozen/dead rats, then I would strongly suggest (the snake guy at a pet store suggested this to us) Wear leather gloves when you are dangling the rats for feed, this way the snake learns that when you have a glove on its feed time, so they are less likely to strike at your bare foot when you reach for him. I would try increasing the feeding and wearing a glove on your hand, those leather biker gloves that stir halfway up your arm work great. But I do think the snake is hungry and is looking at your hand for more food. Have you have the snake bite you yet? it ain't fun trying to pry those teeth out of your skin, just ask my son, it happened when the snake be a baby, no bigger around then my index finger, and then when it be about 3 feet long, thats when he started using the glove at feeding, and it never did that again.