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Posted by Myk at 2/7/2013 6:09:26 PM

I wonder when the first time I'll be bitten by a snake. If you're reading this you should share your first time being bitten. It doesn't have to deal with a snake it could be by a monitor or really anything.

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Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 2/7/2013 6:43:04 PM  

Hmmm... while I still remember my first kiss, I do not recall my first bite. My worst one, on the other hand I do. 

Posted At: 2/7/2013 7:01:31 PM  

I think the first thing that ever bit me was a parrot.  Our Congo African grey.  Bit me on the lower lip.  Being all of 4 years old I didn't know any better and yanked back - which is exactly what you're not supposed to do.  That's also the only real serious parrot bite I've ever had (our family has been keeping them since I was about 3.5 years old.  I've never had another one that broke skin.

I don't remember my first snake bite.  They tend to happen so quickly that I don't really register that they happened - it's more of a "Did he/she just bite me?"  *looks for blood*  "I'll be damned, I did get bitten."  I assume it was probably from my first snake, a ball python.  Probably before I started using tongs to offer the prey.  But those are assumptions.  I only remember a few bites vividly - those within the past year, and maybe three or four others.  Those are more memorable because of the cirumstances or the snakes in question though.  Not because the bites were bad.  I've never had what I would consider a bad snake bite.  I'd rather be bitten by a snake (in the manner in which I've grown accustomed) than have a papercut.  Or be sore from working out/exercise.  Now a retic bite for example might make me reconsider that statement...

George H. Wessel VII,
Posted At: 2/7/2013 7:14:53 PM  

Is it wrong I remember the first girl I kised but not the first girl I slept with? first bit was a very pissed off everglades rat snake when I was 8 yo. I bragged about that one for several years. After that I've lost track. I would say I don't ever plan on keeping anything to give me a "yeah I will always remember that bite" moment., but when Oly gets big and it happens I plan on crying like a school girl to Sonja.

Heather McGahagin,
Posted At: 2/7/2013 8:15:20 PM  

The first reptile I can remember being bitten by was a baby corn snake, but that really doesn't count for much of anything. So my first substancial bite was from my green tree python when I was at Nate's house getting it sexed. For a smaller snake it hurt pretty bad. As far as first bite period I'm not sure....I've been taloned in the face by a red tailed hawk if that counts. =/

Michael ,
Posted At: 2/7/2013 8:16:53 PM  

George  maybe  your mind blocked it  becouse of  something strange ?? .. Hmm  First time ... was a baby  Boa  I was looking at it's tail  and it did not like that at all ..

Lauren ,
Posted At: 2/7/2013 8:21:21 PM  

First bite? Probably right when I took my first snake out of her shipping container. Morrigan was a bitchy little baby, hence the name. She calmed down after a few months and is now the best snake in my collection... can reach in when there's rats sitting out in the room and she will sniff my hand and not strike. :)

Dave Pierson,
Posted At: 2/7/2013 9:56:26 PM  

My first actual bite, by a captive snake, was, and I don't believe I'm going to relay this story from 20+ years ago, was from a larger, 12 foot or so, african rock python.  I was rather young, irresponsible, and stupid.  He had gotten out one night.  We tore up this tiny apartment looking for him.  And we had cats (sorry George.)  So, after a week goes by, still no snake.  Yes, we lost a 12' python in a 450 sq foot apartment,  did I mention I was young and stupid?  So, late at night after getting home from work, I put a frozen pizza in the oven, mind you, we had pulled the kitchen apart, including underneath, inside and behind the oven, to the extent of pulling up the bottoms of the lower cabinets.  No, we never had a chance at getting a security deposit back.  So the oven was on for about 6 or 7 minutes I think, and this damn boy comes flying out from underneath, he had gotten inside the framework of the oven, between the actual cooking area and the outer shell.  He's hissing, mouth open, standing 6' up in the air in my face.  I was screaming for my roommate, to help me grab him. He only got me on the hand, but, I stuck to boas for years after that

Actually treating the burn down his stomach was even more exciting.

Ohh...  if we only had the internet back then, instead of two dirty reptile store to learn from...  (Just stick him in the bath tub with a live chicken, he'll be fine...)

Joe Farah,
Posted At: 2/7/2013 10:00:03 PM  
Fun topic! I love hearing these stories. I was probably only 3 or 4 when I started grabbing snakes in the back yard, so I don't remember the first bite, and since then there have been thousands. Most are while field herping from Nerodias, racers and the intimidating coachwhip. The worst bite from one of my exotics was from a huge jungle carpet that latched onto my hand thinking I was food. Took a while to get him off and I lost a lot of blood. I'm looking forward to spring so I can get back to picking water snake teeth out of my knuckles with tweezers. I'm also looking forward to May when George and Nate take their hits from coachwhips as part of a right of passage to become honorary Colorado field herpers. I'll video tape it. As for you, Myk... It's just a matter of time.

Aaron Florian,
Posted At: 2/7/2013 11:21:45 PM  

My first snake was a garter, and she was sweet as pie.

My next snake was a garter. Wild caught. Mean as hell. He bit me MERCILESSLY when I caught him. I ended up taming him down with a glove. I'd just let him bite the glove until he eventually realized that I, and my hand, and his mouth, had nothing to do with one another.

God I loved those snakes!

Casey Dillard,
Posted At: 2/7/2013 11:39:19 PM  

First for me it was a 7' retic about 12 years ago. Bled like crazy and x-ray showed a tooth stuck under my skin against the bone. Needed minor surgery to get it out and still have the scar.

Joe Jiminez,
Posted At: 2/7/2013 11:51:13 PM  

The first bite I can remember was from a GTP when I first got it I had it out and it got me and I remember being shocked and saying son of a bitch so I named it "son of a bitch" 

Bethany Richendollar ,
Posted At: 2/8/2013 12:10:08 AM  

I'd have to say my first bite was probably a garter as well. Nowadays I take a majority of bites from Northern watersnakes.

I'm counting on those videos, Joe!

Posted At: 2/8/2013 12:36:57 AM  

First few hundred bites were all garters I caught and released on my parents' property when I was a kid. Not very memorable.

My first memorable bite was from an 8-foot BCI when I was working at an exotic pet store. I was fourteen or so, trying to sell the snake to a couple. No pain or damage, really, just a handful of pin-pricks and a LOT of blood.  Long story short: they did not buy her.

I'd bet the blood stains are still on the carpet--if that place is still open.

Myk ,
Posted At: 2/8/2013 1:13:36 AM  

I feel like i should've put "most memorable!" wow i didn't expect so many people to join in. I hope my first bite is very awesome like some peoples! I almost got bit by both western and eastern diamond backs, as well as sistrurus miliarius and agkistron piscivorus.. Due to the first two I wont' try to hold vemonous snakes without a firm grip (i'll barely hold them now incase you were wondering).. The pigmy almost tagged me cuz i took a walk through our campus's woods, apparently they live there happily lol. and the A. piscivorus (isn't that such a cool name lol) I was doing field research and it came across whilst i was doing gator spotting so i had to get it and show people.. It almost nailed me 4 or 5 times.. I feel like if i had depth perception (or if other's saw me) they'd be freaked out, after that i felt like before this upcoming spring i need to pick up a snake hook. 

Myk ,
Posted At: 2/8/2013 1:16:22 AM  

and Joe I will be looking forward to them. always love videos of snakes.. and always have an interesting aspect of snakes biting things.

Joe Farah,
Posted At: 2/8/2013 1:39:55 AM  
This blog is a lot of fun :-). It definitely sounds like you need a hook, Myk. You obviously don't want that 1st bite to come from a hot. Besides the potential physical damage to you, you might end up with a hospital bill equivalent to a home loan. My close calls have been when I was focusing on one snake and didn't realize there was another coiled right next to me. That'll get your heart beating. And yeah, I can promise some good footage come spring. Cheers peeps

Myk ,
Posted At: 2/8/2013 2:31:25 AM  

Yeah my problem with the diamond backs were age and "pet lover" syndrome. I was young and didn't know the proper hold but i was removing it from someones house (they were terrified and i was a little too stupid to know how bad it was lol), and messed up on the hold and dropped the snakes head and it swung right next to me so i did that weird scoot thing. LUCK really was what saved me. a relatively cold snake and me in super baggie clothes. then the eastern diamond back was back when i thought i wanted a hot snake, i was holding it and i felt this "aw i might be hurting it" feeling so i slightly loosened my grip. the next thing i knew was i could've made diamonds in my bum, saw colors in the dark due to how large my eyes were and it felt like i urinated myself. i couldn't tell you how fast i threw that snake. I did feel bad, but that was after i realized what just happened.. with a little squirm he head was resting on the hand i was just holding it with, it reared back into an S which was touching my left now all in the matter of seconds. Ever since then i never really went out to hold a hot snake, made even holding non venomous snakes a little shaky when i see them coil back.
hopefully this spring I'll be able to find some snakes down at my property (as long as my "neighbors stop killing every scaled thing they see)

Niki ,
Posted At: 2/8/2013 7:20:08 AM  

One of my little cape house snake It had just settled down then deicded it'd rather try to eat me. It was just a baby at that point, silly thing.

No worst bite stories yet. My biters are still reasonably small.

Joe, make sure they take their sunglasses off when handling the coachwhip. Gotto make sure to give the snake access to all body parts Mine is hellbent is getting my face.

Emily Milton,
Posted At: 2/8/2013 9:00:56 AM  

My first bite was from my little boa, Ripley.  Upon arriving to my house thanks to the marvelous Sonja, I got her out of the box, and out of her deli cup, where she proceeded to tag me about 15 times.  I may have lost count.  They were SO CUTE!

The little thing was barely over three months old, and had the attitude of a T-Rex.  GOD - it was adorable.

Posted At: 2/8/2013 9:13:12 AM  

White Lipped (D'alberts) Python.  Got in there nice and deep and hit a nerve.

Sarah Auzina,
Posted At: 2/8/2013 11:06:16 AM  

My first bite is far more pathetic. Cute lil gargoyle gecko hopped out of my hands and onto the floor, and proceeds to continue hopping across the floor like a frog, which is her main mode of transport when she's out of her home. I went to pick her up, and she bit my knuckle to tell me she wasn't ready to go home yet, she was out for a walk.

Last night's bite was even cuter. Had the crestie out for a visit and he, in his hyper hunting mode, pounced and tried to eat my shirt. He had this cute look on his face with my shirt hanging out of it, like hmm, nope, doesn't taste like cricket. I carefully extracted the shirt from his mouth and he proceeded to continue on his hunt, and took a dive for my ear. Luckily he missed, or I'd be sporting a gecko earring. Which would be awfully cute. What a good idea for earrings!

Master Gator,
Posted At: 2/8/2013 11:06:36 AM  

Hah, my first bite was from a red-eared slider I had when I was 7.  I had to think really hard to remember it.  And to think, since then I've been bitten by an array of other reptiles time and time again

Emily ,
Posted At: 2/8/2013 11:42:15 AM  

Most memorable snake bite would be a baby BP that I had just unpacked from the shipping soon as I got him out of the bag, he started biting my hand repeatedly and would not stop!  I literally had to run to the room where I had his enclosure set up so I could get the little demon out of my hands.  For the next few months he would hide up on the upper lip of his enclousure (right above the sliding doors) and "jump" down on to my hand every time I opened the doors, biting me every time.  Little bugger.

My most memorable animal bite of all time would be when I was home alone, trying to break up a fight between two of my dogs.  I went to grab the instigator's neck, just as the other dog lunged to bite that same spot.  I managed to break up the fight by pushing one of the dogs into the bedroom with my leg (while attempting to wrap a towel around my bleeding hand) and closing the door.  Minutes later they were totally fine, like nothing ever happened, while I was crying, bleeding profusely, applying an ice pack, and trying to figure out if my hand was broken or not.  Hand turned out not to be broken, but I did get the wound flushed out with copious amounts of sailne, and was sent home with a healthy dose of antibiotics.  Amusingly enough, there was a full grown man in the exam room next to mine, who had come in for a cat bite.  I could hear him whining quite loudly from my room, while I was biting my lip and refusing offers to take a break saying "f-it, keep going!"

Lisa ,
Posted At: 2/8/2013 12:59:49 PM  

lol  Only have been bitten once, by my 1st snake, Jax.  It was my 1st lesson in "things you never do with a snake"  lol  It was totally my fault, trying to keep her from falling off of my bed, I flung my hand at her to catch her and scared her.  A couple drops of blood, less than when the nurse sticks my fingure.  

L & A Lopez =0),
Posted At: 2/8/2013 3:43:39 PM  
Never been bitten by a snake =0) was bitten by a water monitor and a Colombian tegu.... oh Yeah, and a tokay today. LOL none of them caused major damage. Water monitor caused the most bleeding.

Posted At: 2/8/2013 9:03:17 PM  

lol the first time i got bitten was by my male sand boa. I laughed. It was also my fault, since I was trying to see what his bite threshold was since I was going to take him to outreaches. Apparently its being repeatedly poked in the face while in the bath :D (Dont worry, I dont make this a regular past-time). The second time I got bit was when I was feeding my ball python, dropped the f/t rat...and went in to pick it up. Stuuuuuupid newbie mistake. I then proceeded to apologize to HIM!

I've never had a bad bite, but I have been tagged by SEVERAL brazilian rainbow boas that a friend has :P The bites tend to look worse then they feel. 

Posted At: 2/8/2013 9:04:18 PM  

I'm trying to convince my bf who has never been bitten that its not that bad, and he needs to find a way to get it over with. I was pretty freaked when I first got into reptiles about getting bitten, and as soon as it finally happened I could rest easy and laugh at myself for being that nervous! It has improved my handling skills immensely.

Posted At: 2/8/2013 9:30:49 PM  

my first snake bite ever was from a little baby garter snake I had caught in the field. I was holding onto it pretty well to keep it from biting me and then my friend said to relax because it was calm. Of course the instant I let it go a bit it turned around and tagged me. 

Posted At: 2/9/2013 6:04:44 PM  

The most memorable one I had was from a tiny little IJ carpet that missed the rat pink in my hand and decided my index finger was food. I spent the next 15 minutes feeding everybody else with a little bitty python constricting and trying to eat my finger. 

Myk ,
Posted At: 2/9/2013 7:04:13 PM  

this is a very fun thing to read when i have some down time.

Posted At: 2/10/2013 10:41:41 AM  

First bite (that I remember) was from an Australian Black Swan at the zoo. Ducks and swans were in a semi-free environment, and I went to close to the swan. Swan, being a swan, got angry and attacked. I was little, almost same size as the swan Not cool!

And for snakes, I maybe got snapped a couple of times, but nothing memorable. However I got musked a lot -__- Which isn't fun.

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