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New keeper - now I have some questions

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Posted by: antiquity at Sat Mar 23 16:07:43 2013  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by antiquity ]  
   

Hi all,

After getting my female 2011 Eastern about 10 days ago, I received my 2011 male last Tuesday. The female is at this point the larger of the two, at 4.5 feet and nice and thick (I have a pic posted about two threads down). The male is probably 3.5 feet or so, and not as robust but healthy and beautiful. They are both doing great, already eating and pooping.

I am looking for some input.

The male seems very calm and secure when handled. He is alert and inquisitive, yet not shy or flighty.

The larger female gets her throat puffy, and will try to flee when getting her from the cage. She is docile and hasn't shown any aggression, but is clearly a bit more nervous when handled.

Part of the reason I am so excited about these snakes is the interaction and their temperaments. How do I go about getting her more confident when handled? I know it's only been a short time that I've had her, and I picked her up myself and know she was well cared for. Is it a matter of her getting settled in a new home, or is this just typical of Indigos at this age? Do they automatically get more confident with age?

FYI: their set ups are, as far as I can tell, just right. Warm side 82 during the day, cool side 74; night drops to 74 warm, about 70 cool side. Hide boxes, including a humid hide box in each cage. Fresh water always, and both are eating off a paper plate.

Thanks for any help!


   

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