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What does a bite feel like?

cornsnakeaurora
01-16-2016, 08:59 PM
From a corn... Just curious if I ever get bit what to expect.

I'm not worried about the pain my cat bites me hard once in awhile and I have 15 tattoos... Just curious


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hypnoctopus
01-17-2016, 11:06 AM
Baby bites feel a bit like the rough side of velcro. An adult bite feels like a little pinch.

cornsnakeaurora
01-17-2016, 11:55 AM
Thanks... She has yet to bite me I've had her two weeks... I know corns don't bite unless you have mice smell on your hands or blood. I'm sure it'll happen eventually.


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DollysMom
01-17-2016, 12:24 PM
Thanks... She has yet to bite me I've had her two weeks... I know corns don't bite unless you have mice smell on your hands or blood. I'm sure it'll happen eventually.


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... Or are startled, scared, or just prone to biting.

My Cleo doesn't even strike her food and has never made a move to strike at me, though I have startled her accidently on occasion and when she was younger she would try to get away.

However, I do avoid mice smell on my hands. It's just a generally good practice. Why confuse them?

A bite is not inevitable, but if it happens it is no biggie either. I'm a member of the bite club. I was bitten by an adult garter years ago, and Dolly bit me one of the first times I tried to pick him up.

Karl_Mcknight
01-17-2016, 02:46 PM
if a cat owner was worried about what a cat scratch felt like there would be no cat owners. And by the way, they feel about the same, depending on the size of the cat or the size of the snake.

cornsnakeaurora
01-17-2016, 04:57 PM
Yeah I'm not concerned about being bit.. Again just curious as what to expect if it happens

My cat has scratched me deep when I was cutting her nails once... And when I mess with her she'll bite pretty hard when she gets annoyed. By messing around I mean just playing around with her.


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Karl_Mcknight
01-17-2016, 05:21 PM
a baby snake's teeth are very small. Probably won't even break the skin. A good sized snake has good sized teeth. The bite itself is not that painful, rather when you jerk your hand back (and you will) and it rips the teeth through your flesh and possibly even yanks or breaks a tooth off in your hand can be quite painful. It's can also hurt the snake worse than you if you yank out a tooth or break one off.

cornsnakeaurora
01-17-2016, 06:11 PM
Makes sense... And yeah of course that's a normal human reaction.


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claire.chapman11
01-17-2016, 08:01 PM
I've been bit by a lot of snakes, and it doesn't really hurt at all. Its like being attacked by Velcro. I've never been grabbed onto and chewed though. Its definitely not anywhere near as bad as a rodent, cat or dog bite.

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cornsnakeaurora
01-17-2016, 08:50 PM
Like I said i have 15 tattoos where a needle was dragged across my skin for hours and hours... So I think they surprise of her bite might bother me more than the actual bite


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cornsnakeaurora
01-17-2016, 08:51 PM
Thanks :)


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Tavia
01-17-2016, 09:55 PM
Scared/pissed of biting doesn't hurt much, even with most adults. Baby bites you might not even feel. A mistaken feeding bite can be fairly painful. A defensive bite is a quick strike and release, and a feeding bite is much longer and is a grab on and chew kind of thing.
Unless they manage to nail you in a thin skinned place or a spot that flexes a lot, snake bites tend to stop hurting very fast and they are one of the fastest healing bites I've ever encountered.

backafter30
01-18-2016, 01:09 AM
I've been bitten thousands of times. As mentioned above, defensive bites are no big deal: strike and release. Only made worse if you have time to react and jerk back, also outlined above. Feeding bites are much worse. If they realize their mistake, they release and move on. If they don't, you could have a problem. I have an adult CA King with a feeding response that just won't quit. He will sink all his teeth into my hand as far as they will go and constrict like he's trying to kill me. I'll use my other hand to try and dislodge him, and he'll wrap around that one, too, giving me "snake cuffs". If I manage to keep one hand free, I'll use a thin plastic card to slip between his jaws and my skin. This does less damage (to both of us) than trying to pull out from his teeth. Otherwise, a quick dunk in the faucet usually changes his mind about a meal, but I've spent 20 minutes with him attached to me. At other times, the same snake is calm enough to pass around to school kids with no problem. You can usually tell his mood by his actions, but they're all different.

backafter30
01-18-2016, 01:12 AM
Oh, and even with no treatment whatsoever, I've never had any snake bite, no matter how much bleeding it caused, ever get infected.

cornsnakeaurora
01-18-2016, 09:55 AM
Geez that sounds terrifying ... Id panic for sure because I don't know snakes well yet


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daddio207
01-18-2016, 12:24 PM
I've been bitten thousands of times. I'll use a thin plastic card to slip between his jaws and my skin. This does less damage (to both of us) than trying to pull out from his teeth. Otherwise, a quick dunk in the faucet usually changes his mind about a meal.

Yeah me too! Well maybe just hundreds of time LOL ;) Getting bit is a weekly thing.
The plastic card trick is my go to with most snakes. I ?think? I learned it from Kevin at NERDS 20+ years ago.
Water as the last option.
I have a lot of luck getting a snake to release, especially a hatchling ,is by blowing hard into its face. I'm aiming right at the mouths opening on the side so basically blowing down its throat. Just used it last week with success. I did it at an expo a few years ago and the vender was stunned like I just did street magic like David Blaine LOL

Largest reptile to bite me was a 8 foot Columbian Boa.
Worst reptile bite was from my female Argentine Tegu. Though I was going to loose my thumb nail but it grew back in time.

Sand boas have "dirty" mouths and I always swell up at the bite spot. My big girl albino hognose latched on to me a while ago with no ill effects even though she was chewing hard to get her rear fangs into me !! Still love her LOL

Pogie
01-18-2016, 05:07 PM
I got bit from an adult corn this last summer. I saw it coming lol, but it didn't hurt at all. I was holding it at the time, saw it coming, tried to avoid it but it didn't happen lol. Actually it got me twice before I got it back into it's tank. Neither bite hurt. Only felt like someone pinched me, that's it. Didn't hurt what so ever. It did bleed, but still no pain.

Getting a shot or your finger pricked by a nurse is much much worse rotfl.

Karl_Mcknight
01-18-2016, 05:38 PM
Actually there are a lot of good YouTube videos of snake bites and how to get the snake to release. The best by far is just a couple drops of Listerine on their nose and they'll let go right away. It won't hurt the snake. There is actually one of the top Breeders that recommends this tactic but sorry, I can't remember which one it is. At any rate i now keep a small travel size bottle of Listerine right next to the snake's cage. But I'm quite sure this snake will never bite and I'll probably never have to use that idea.

Karl_Mcknight
01-18-2016, 06:05 PM
aHa! I found it. It's the guys from SnakeBytes.tv (BHB).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21UBSL_nV_Y

Fast forward to the 3 minute mark if you don't want to watch the whole video. But if you have time, you should watch the whole thing. These guys get bit all the time.

cornsnakeaurora
01-18-2016, 07:29 PM
That was a super interesting video


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