Pet Snake Bites
My answer is ALWAYS “Anything with a mouth CAN bite. I would not let you touch this animal if I thought that it was going to bite at this time, and I would rather be bit by this reptile than a dog or cat ANY day.”
In my everyday, making-a-real-living life I am a pet groomer. I have been bitten by cats and dogs on a weekly basis for the last 11 years. In fact I am known in my area for specializing in dogs that have been kicked out of other groom shops. I HATE getting bit! I am in no way one of those tougher-than-nails people that can get bit and act like nothing happened. And I will tell you that I would rather get bit by any of my snakes than a dog, a cat, a rat, a mouse, or a fire ant.
Do Pet Snake Bites Hurt?
Most of the time when you are bitten by a snake or other reptile, you barely feel anything. It is sort of shocking and not a fun experience the first time you get bit. However, it really doesn’t hurt much if you stop and think about it. You will probably be a little jumpy after your first bite until your second bite, when you realize it was not just a fluke that it didn’t hurt.
Of course we are NOT talking about venomous snakes! If you have a bite from a venomous snake, get medical attention immediately!
If Your Pet Snake or Reptile Bites and Won’t Let Go
Sometimes they bite and just don’t let go. It can be a scary experience the first time you get bit and the animal decides not to let go.
- Don’t freak out!
- Don’t pull your hand out of its mouth or pry its mouth open as that could hurt either or both of you.
- SOMETIMES just running water over the animal’s head will get it to let go.
- If that didn’t work then try to quickly put a dab of rubbing alcohol near its nose/mouth. This will almost always get them to release you.
- If that doesn’t work get a paper towel and dampen it with the alcohol and put it over the animals mouth/nose area. As far as I know this always works. I’ve never heard a case of it not working.
- If all else fails, as a last resort, pry the animals mouth open and then off of your skin. Be sure to clean the wound thoroughly, even if it is barely bleeding.
Small Snake or Lizard Bite Treatment
Small snakes and lizards rarely leave anything more than a row of pinpricks for you to scare your friends with.
- Corn Snakes
- Ball Pythons
- King Snakes
- Sand Boas
- Smaller Boa species
- Bearded Dragons
- Water Dragons
Larger Snake Bite Treatment
Larger snakes (think burmese pythons and anacondas or any tree snake) can cause enough damage to need a visit to the doctor or hospital for a few stitches so always take precautions when working with larger snakes. I recommend only handling them when someone else is around. Even a very tame and sweet snake can sometimes mistaken you for someone they don’t like or for food.
- Some Larger Boas
- Burmese Pythons
- Reticulated Pythons
- Green Tree Python
- Emerald Tree Boa
Larger Lizard Bite Treatment
Larger lizards like iguanas and monitors can do some serious damage to fingers, etc. Always be careful when handling an iguana or monitor you don’t know. If your large lizard is tame you will usually get a lot of warnings before they decide to bite. Listen to what they are telling you and always remember that they can hurt you, even if they usually won’t.
I am not trying to scare you away from owning any of these large, beautiful animals. However, you should always be aware of what you are getting yourself into. I do not recommend any of these larger animals as a first reptile pet.