Do You Have To Handle Your Pet Reptiles?

Do You Have To Handle Your Pet Reptiles?


– A debate I see in the community that I find pretty interesting is whether you’re being a bad owner or even an abusive owner if you don’t handle your
pet reptiles or amphibians, or mostly reptiles, but
some amphibians too. Obviously, this is going
to vary a ton by species, and by type of animal, and by opinion. I don’t have a ton of like
data to back up my points here, but I still just think
it’s a cool thing to share and get your opinions on as to whether or not you
need to, for example, rehome an animal you don’t
give much attention to if it’s going to cause the animal issues, if the animal even cares at all, or if it prefers not to be handled at all. I think that’s kind of our spectrum here from you have to handle it
to you have to not handle it. We can start off with snakes,
a pretty simple example. Now, there are some snakes that are pretty social between each other like garter snakes, or
water snakes, or something, where they kind of enjoy
being together or in groups. But for the most part,
snakes are pretty solitary, especially all the common
ones you see as pets like ball pythons, corn
snakes, milk snakes, kingsnakes, sand boas, stuff like that are not going to be found in groups and they usually end up more stressed out when they’re kept with others. Although it technically
has worked out in the past. I know some of you have like 100 gallons with like four ball pythons. Not something I would do, but okay. Your animals are healthy and I wouldn’t do it. (laughs) And then not just that with being pretty solitary
around other snakes, but they don’t exactly need
human activity to feel happy. I did a video on whether
snakes can get bored and whether snakes or
reptiles can love you, and I think this is kind of
an addition to that trilogy as to whether they need
that human contact. And for pretty much most snakes, I would say that is not necessary. If you buy a baby ball python and you raise it its whole life all like 40 something
years without handling it, it’s not necessarily going to
have any lower quality of life assuming your enclosure’s
good and everything. Now, that means that they
were lacking on enrichment like exploring a room, going outside, seeing life, I don’t know, which are things they can’t experience if you don’t take them
out of the enclosure. But do they really need to
experience those things? Like are they simple enough animals where being in the same
three feet of space is fine for decades and decades? Again, this is another hard debate and it’s like how much space is necessary for an animal to be comfortable? Like for a ball python, some say a shoebox size tub, others say a minimum 75 to 100 plus gallon for a single male ball
python or something. Now, where people pull these
numbers, I have no idea. They’re all pretty random overall. There’s different rules of thumb. Like one is make sure
the snake can stretch out to the full length of the enclosure. Another one I hear is make sure the snake can just stretch out to like the one length
there and the other length. Others say it should be twice
the length of the snake. Others say it should be half
the length of the snake. I don’t know where
these numbers come from. I just kinda play it by ear and base it on the individual animal and how active they are. But in the end, I would have to argue that if the enclosure
is really nicely set up, whatever that means, a snake does not need to be taken out or messed with at all
throughout their entire life, but this will cause some issues
on your part as an owner. It’s gonna be harder to
work with the animal, maybe harder to feed it. If it has issues and
you need to take it out, it’s really not gonna be used to it. And if you simply decide that it’s time that you want to start
handling your animal, you’re gonna have to start from scratch. Now, a lot of people buy snakes as adults. I always prefer getting
my own animals as younger because you get to kind of
work with it as it grows. But now that we take in so many animals, we get to see a lot of
interesting adult snakes too, and reptiles of all sorts, but I’m just focusing
on snakes as we start. Just as an example, if you get a baby snake and you start handling it maybe a couple weeks after you get it, and you handle it almost every day other than feeding days and maybe the day after feeding, so like say five days
a week its entire life, I don’t think there’s any snake that would not eventually
become comfortable with you. I mean, there would be very few reptiles in general that wouldn’t. And once you’ve kind of
built this connection where your snake is comfortable with you, it can go away, but if you just kinda
keep it up occasionally, it’s going to remember
that you are an okay being that they don’t have to freak
out when you’re handling them. But if you do go long enough
between handling snakes, they can essentially lose that trust ’cause I’ve seen that with specifically my black rat snake. That’s only one example, so maybe it’s a rare occasion, but I would think it makes
sense to happen more often. When I got her, she was pretty crazy, but I worked with her really
consistently and really often and she became quite comfortable. She stopped musking, stopped
striking, and rarely hissed, but then I kind of started lagging on taking her out and
handling her and stuff, so over time, she kind of converted, reverted back to that state where she was like I don’t
know if I can trust you where she started musking again and stuff. And from then on, I’ve been pretty spotty
about handling consistently and so the question may comes does that make me a bad owner? Would somebody else doing
this become a bad owner because they let their snake
lose that trust with the owner? Again, that’s the point of this video. It’s all up to debate, but I would have to say it really doesn’t matter all that much because I can work with her again. The issue, I would say the biggest
complaint you could make is that she’s gonna have to
go through that stress again because taming an animal
down is stressful for it, but it’s pretty much always worth it if you want to get to that state where you can handle it consistently. Another example is my Kenyan sand boa. I really like sand boas. I think they’re pretty cool. They’re not a favorite of mine, like I’m glad I got one. I don’t regret getting my sand boa, but I handle her less
than any other animal and not handling your animal
can cause some other issues like turns out she
gained a lot more weight than I thought she did. She is chunky now. She is I think you could just
call her fat at this point. I had literally gone
months without handling her because I don’t know, I just didn’t have the
interest at the time. I had other snakes I wanted to handle. It’s even harder with her because she’s a borrowing species, so she’s not an animal you
just see on the surface. It’s one that burrows and you can really go its
whole life without seeing it, which is kinda weird to think about ’cause like they might stick
their head up for some food, they take it, they bring
it down into the substrate, and you never see them again. So someone could also argue like oh, you’re not even checking on the snake which means you don’t
know of any health issues that are coming up, which is also a pretty
solid argument I guess. I’ve never had an animal just like develop
something out of nowhere. Like the main issues we’ve had in here are like when I was getting started, I accidentally introduced mites. So that was introduced and
I had to deal with that and get rid of them all, but that was like years ago now. And then like parasites. My savannah monitor had parasites. She didn’t get parasites
while she was here. She already had them
before I even got her. And then of course, if you don’t properly
like quarantine an animal or keep it too close, and
it’s new, and has an issue, then it can be contracted
to another animal you have. And technically, any animal
could develop something like a cancer that you would not notice without taking it out. So it’s a pretty decent idea to check on your snake every so often even if its just for a quick look, kind of a quick little unprofessional exam to see how it’s doing. And then there’s the other people that say every animal
needs its six month exam. I think that’s a bit over the
top, especially for a reptile, but you do you if you want to spend $75 on something that an owner
can probably just do themself in like 10 minutes. I mean, obviously, vets hold a
lot of very useful resources, but I don’t think that makes sense to me to take your animal twice a year to get it looked at for no reason. If it’s been eating, and hasn’t acted different,
and looks normal, just all the common sense things
when caring for an animal. So in that case, I think
Ember’s a good example of one of the negative thing that happens when you don’t handle your animal is you simply don’t
pick up on those issues. So now that I have taken her out after a few months without,
I’m like oh, she’s fat. Time to change her diet. And now I just have to
check on her more often to make sure the new diet
is working as it should be. We can move on to something like lizards which I think are a pretty similar deal, but some species are known
to be much more social. We can start with a
more antisocial species which I would probably just say leopard geckos as an example. Now, that’s not to say that leopard geckos don’t enjoy handling or can’t be handled. They’re one of my favorite
species to handle, but it does take them more
time than a snake for me to get used to handling if
they aren’t already used to it. And it’s the same deal. If they’re not used to it as they grow, it’s gonna be more difficult. And if they go a long stretch of time without human interaction, that same thing will happen. But they are so solitary that
they’re not losing anything by not being handled by you. And leopard geckos are even smaller, so it’s easier to get
them a larger enclosure that they can explore. But I honestly don’t think leopard geckos enjoy exploring that much. Some of my animals, I like to mix the
enclosures up super often. Some of my animals, like, they really seem to like it
when I mix the enclosure up. They have new places to
explore, new hides to check out, new plants to lick or whatever, but leopard geckos, I try
not to move stuff around ’cause when I have like if I
wanted to switch something out, it would usually just
stress them out for me. Like Goldie, my first leopard gecko, if I would switch his
substrate to something else like paper towel, reptile carpet, or even get him a new hide,
or water dish, or food dish, he would just act different. He wouldn’t like it, and he would have to readjust, and it would take him a
while to get eating again. But animals like bearded
dragons and blue-tongued skinks, I would say probably do enjoy that mix up and that enrichment. And bearded dragons are probably one of the most social popular lizards. Like I don’t think that’s a surprise. I think most people agree that they can most
certainly enjoy being pet, being like hung out with, coming with you to places. I think they really
enjoy all of those senses that they’re filling in with
smells, and sights, and sounds. Obviously, it can overdo it and like they can become
stressed out because of it, but I think in moderation, bearded dragons really do
enjoy human interaction. But does that mean if you
don’t give a bearded dragon that it’s abuse or neglect? This is hard because I’m
tempted to say in the wild, they wouldn’t have human interaction, so like why would they
need it in captivity? But you could also say if you
don’t give your dog attention, I would say that’s a form of neglect because they are so social and really need that human interaction. But dogs don’t like, wolves and stuff don’t
get human interaction. They have each other, I guess, but also dogs are domesticated so can we even talk about that since they’re not even
in the same ballpark? I don’t know. That’s another hard one. I would say I would feel more guilty not giving a bearded dragon time than I do a leopard gecko simply because of how
different they are socially and personality wise. But of course, it comes down
to the individual as well. And then there’s stuff like the iguana where as far as I know, one person can get super social with it and be perfect with it and as soon as it’s in a new home, it’s just gonna mentally reset
and you have to start over. Now, depending on how
far along the iguana is, I’m sure this is not always the case, but I’ve been told this a lot. That’s what our experience was like which is literally one experience so don’t take that as like all iguanas. But based on research and more experienced
keepers I’ve talked to, it sounds like that’s often the case, especially with younger ones or those that are not very established with humans in general. And then there’s stuff like
what about aquatic stuff like aquatic turtles? I mean, I like to take
Franklin out, my turtle. He just likes to run around. He really enjoys human activity. He’ll climb on you. He’ll like follow you around. He’ll do whatever and he
most certainly enjoys it, which he didn’t really
get a ton of interaction before I had him. He was like 10 when I got
him so he’s like 12 now. And I think for the first like year, the family was interested, but after that, they just got bored of the turtle and he just kind of existed and they fed him and stuff. And did he care that he wasn’t
getting that interaction? I don’t know, but I think he certainly
gets something out of it. Not to say you have to take
your aquatic turtle out, but even just stuff like
feeding and being near it, I don’t know. It’s really probably not necessary though. Even like ax, it’s out of shot right now, but like axolotls, they are way more
interactive than I expected. Now, you can’t just go
in and start petting it. I guess you could, but
you probably shouldn’t. I always wondered if you
could swim with them. Like think about if you had a big tub and it was just axolotls
and you just jumped in. What would that be like? But when like the (mumbles)
was always watching. She’s always in the back
seeing what’s going on. If you go up, she’s ready for food. She’ll kind of follow you around. She’ll recognize you. She’s probably one of the
smartest animals in the room. Is that interaction required? That’s also a hard one. Axolotls are a more social animal. Some people said I should
not get a single axolotl. Other people say that two
is great, but not required. There’s obviously a spectrum for this as we do with everything. Why do I have to keep saying it? We all know there’s a
spectrum for everything. We should all know this by now. But again, I don’t think
an axolotl is an animal that someone’s gonna tell
you you have to rehome if you don’t sit in front of its enclosure and talk to it for 10 minutes a day because it really
doesn’t matter that much. So should you feel guilty
for not handling a reptile? I don’t think guilt’s the right word, but you should feel concerned if you think you might have a
change of heart in the future because it’s going to become
increasingly difficult as you don’t handle or work with them. Even if they are already adults, just the more time they get
without interactions with you, the less comfortable they’re gonna be once you try and go in for it. But I would think for the most part, the majority of snakes and lizards and maybe even turtles do not need that. Again, there’s nothing wrong
with (mumbles) interaction. A lot of them seem to
really enjoy the enrichment, like even look at certain
monitors and tegus. They’re like as people say, you can even teach them to do things like recognize certain
signals or whatever. But even though you can do that doesn’t mean it’s a requirement. And they won’t be missing out on some important life
experience as a lizard if they don’t get that. So I guess I don’t have an exact answer. I’m sorry if I disappointed you. I’m just really curious
to kind of bring this up, see what you have to say in the comments. (mumbles) a part two talking about what your
opinions are on this, but I think it’s really interesting because people do often
rehome their animals out of guilt simply ’cause they aren’t quote giving their ball python enough time even though all the husbandry’s covered. They just feel bad ’cause
they’re not taking it out when it probably doesn’t even
need it in the first place. Now, that’s not to say if
you don’t want the animal, like yeah, it’s great to rehome it, definitely find someone
that is excited to do it ’cause you should be
excited to keep an animal ’cause that’s a pretty
big investment to make both like emotionally,
physically, and financially. So don’t feel bad for rehoming, but also don’t feel required to just because you don’t
take it out all of the time if it’s an animal that
really doesn’t need it. So I don’t know, I think
that’s a cool topic. I’ll kinda add this to the
morality playlist or something. I think it’s fun to do, fun to just bring these topics
up and sprinkle my opinion, and even if it’s unpopular, but I think my opinion’s
pretty mainstream on this, but the comment section shall
tell me if that’s not true. So that’s gonna be it for this video. I’m Alex and thanks for watching. (upbeat music)

Randy Schultz

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100 thoughts on “Do You Have To Handle Your Pet Reptiles?

  1. GoHerping says:

    Do snakes love their owners? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8prcirHDfNU
    Do snakes get bored? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5FSK5DAmII
    What do you think about handling animals – is it a necessity?

  2. Romantic Outlaw says:

    if I didn't want to handle my pet I would have gotten a fish

  3. RXNNY [TXYE] says:

    My juvenile bearded dragon is always mad what can I do he hisses at me when I clean his cage and put food and water in container

  4. Sam Dragonborn says:

    When my sister first got her lizard, my dad said she had to handle it every day or else it would stop being tame. She doesn’t handle it every day anymore and it’s still tame but I definitely see the logic of what he said. It’s cool to see that he was somewhat right

  5. Demonic Hollow says:

    I relate to the 100g with 4 bps. I cringe at the thought. My dad has a 75g with a rt boa and a albino BP. He tried to seperate them and the BP (male adult named Verdel) became hostile and didn't eat till hi moved him back. Gaia is the female boa

  6. Riot Breaker says:

    My leo absolutely loves my hands, she'll climb on without hesitation now.

  7. Koselill says:

    I feel the exact opposite. I feel like Id handle them too much.

  8. NavyBluntChris says:

    Dumb question
    After seeing Franklin's nails/claws, are you suppose to trim turtles nails/claws?
    Just curious.

  9. David Valenta says:

    Questions:
    if you have a few but say, less than dozen snakes of various species, and you do want to interact on a regular basis,
    supposing that husbandry/environment is solid, do you have to wash hands/forearms between handling each snake? Do they respond positively or negatively to the smell of other snakes on you (especially Kingsnakes, for instance?)
    _
    Also: Is there a vid here re: how to do a "check-over"?
    seems like most YouTubers will advise not to let a snake get within striking distance of the face (good advice..) but how do you hear the difference between good & bad breathing, for example?
    How do you check/ open the mouth if necessary , or just wait for the occasional yawn ?
    -What parts of "pet parenting" maintenance are tougher to manage, while keeping the animal ok w/ social / enrichment handling?

    Thanks-!

  10. Elizabeth Phillips says:

    My two snakes vary a lot. Martha can go the longest time without interaction and she'll still be as calm and interested in exploring as she would be if I handled her every day. She's really even-tempered and seems to love human company. Kellogs on the other hand 'untames' really quickly, so I handle him more to reduce the stress of relearning human interaction. I think this relates, potentially, to their personalities – Martha is incredibly active and gets visibly bored of her viv after 3 weeks of no changes, so I have to rearrange everything often. Kellogs is quite subdued and boring, so I'm guessing that the lives of active, inquisitive snakes are far more enriched by human contact!

  11. TheBlueWolf247 says:

    I handles my snakes daily, they don't care if I go weeks without touching them. They still remember that I'm the food bringer and another source of heat, so honestly I don't think my snakes would care if they suddenly weren't handled again. But I love them so that's not gonna happen.

  12. Steven Wilson says:

    In my experience, I handle my animals if they are roaming. For example, when I come home, my leopard gecko will climb her tallest log and look for me. In this case, I’ll take her out and let her explore the room a bit for exercise/enrichment. Otherwise I leave her be and she is fine.

  13. Doge says:

    that snake is T H I C C

  14. Marilala says:

    A friend of mine had a green iguana that…I’d say ‘loved’ scratches right behind his neck. He would crane his neck and close his eyes. It was actually adorable.

  15. keelan James says:

    Hi my bci's viv is 104°c i read it on brian barzycks care sheet she's 9ft and i was reccomened to put her in a 10g so i did but shes been sleeping for about a week what do i do should u add some calci sand? or is the enclosure too big?

  16. Tyler says:

    So um, I try to handle my bci but most of the time it handles me, it’s very stressful for the both of us and in an attempt to help I moved from Soviet Russia to London but it hasn’t seemed to have any effect yet

  17. darienreaper says:

    Finally a fellow brotha who likes reptiles!

  18. Scarlett says:

    do reptiles like to be touched by humans, though? I cant imagine they'd choose it, would they?

  19. TrueMegaManiac says:

    chonky snek

  20. rubymimosa says:

    I think, if you have snakes and reptiles, that handling it regularly is fantastic. For solitary animals that are not very intelligent and show no positive response to being handled then if the husbandry is great that they don’t need handling. Though I would want to!

  21. Trey K. says:

    Every animal is an individual. I've kept a blue tongue that wanted nothing to do with me, and if I let him out to roam he'd spend it hiding anyway. My ball pythons want to come out constantly, nosing at the lid every few days, and given the opportunity they'd roam for hours, then curl up in the windowsill enjoying the fresh air. My first ball python is used to free roaming for sometimes days at a time, and I look forward to fixing up my room so she can do that again.

  22. NiccsWorldTour says:

    Is it fine to feed bearded dragons pellet food I do make sure he is hydrated

  23. Trey K. says:

    In general I let the animal decide if they want to be handled. My ball pythons actively climb up my arm when I open the enclosure. My rainbow lizard usually isn't a fan of being picked up, so when he's not having it I leave him be.

  24. Stephanie Lau says:

    I think the answer is yes, with some caveats. I think that all captive animals should be comfortable being handled to some extent depending on their comfort level. I feel that the bare minimum of handling is necessary to check on the physical condition of the snake and assess if there are any changes that I need to be concerned about. When I handle my snakes I take the opportunity to check out their muscle tone, scale condition and breathing. Also I feel that a snake should be accustomed to at least being handled enough for you to deep clean their enclosure. Say if you have a snake that you never handled and so everytime you try to clean its enclosure it freaks out. You might then put off cleaning its enclosure to avoid the unpleasantness of handling a freaking out snake but in the long run it works against the snake because it's living in a dirty enclosure. I have three snakes of different species. Carpet python, ball python and mandarin rat snake. I handle them all at least once a week, and maybe more in the summer when it's warm enough for them to be outside. Also, being able to handle my carpet python has worked out for me because I know her poop schedule and I can get her to poop and pee out in the yard rather than in her enclosure which keeps her living situation cleaner for longer.

  25. Morgan P. says:

    taking a ball python to the vet is like taking a pet rock to the vet lol… but you know that already unfortunately

  26. WeBackTesla says:

    We don’t have reptiles, but our cat ignores us sometimes and it hurts haha jerk.

  27. Gaming.Gecko says:

    I have two blue tongue skinks that seem to wait a the fronts of their terrariums for me to take them out. They seem to get a bit bored if they aren’t handled often

  28. Stoner Raccoon says:

    My rosy boa absolutely loves being held, he is around 8 months old

  29. Jst AGreek says:

    Can you go over toad care?

  30. flyingrabbit says:

    Wolves are a lot different- not only do they have each other they need each other and if one is pushed out of the pack its very stressful —its instincts is to be in a pack or die. Thats why domestic dogs get all sorts of anxiety from being left alone in the backyard separate from the family- its like being kicked out of the pack.

  31. *Astriix Aniimates* says:

    Well yes, but acctually no

  32. It's JAYETTI says:

    Do you clip Franklins nails?

  33. gothicanimegirl44 says:

    I love getting my Kenyan sand boa out because he loves to explore and I like putting him on new materials and stuff and we're currently working on my roommates Kenyan sand boa as she apparently wasn't held by her former owner and is very spazzy when you try to handle her so we are working on that and then we always try to handle our ball pythons come out around town with us and even have like Sonic runs and such with us because I don't know we love them and its so much fun to be around them and even if they don't necessarily get anything more from it as long as they're not stressing from it they are fun to be around

  34. johnOXman says:

    Nice video, Alex. I'm hoping for some more Ball python stuff in the future! Thanks!
    Keep up the good videos!

  35. Asholatte ' says:

    I have one ball python who genuinely stops eating and gets “depressed” when I don’t handle him for long periods of time. He’s pretty “attached” to me and seems to actually enjoy being near me or on me and will even move away from strangers towards me again

  36. Meggo My Eggo says:

    I think that handling animals is necessary. I have a baby red-tailed boa and she was so difficult to handle the first few days but now she chills with me a lot now. She doesn't flinch as much as before and immediately goes "Oh, I'm being picked up now. That's fine," and passes out. Now, handling her, changing her substrate, feeding her, and adding things I think my boa would like is a lot easier. So, yes, handling your reptiles is necessary if you want them to trust you enough so you can do things to make sure they're healthy and happy. Plus, it's fun seeing them hang out with you and you could watch movies with them without them trying to get loose.

  37. Yenniw x says:

    I usually check up on my toad every time I feed her/change her water and make sure she's doing okay and then take her for a check up once a year, more if she's actually having issues, of course. I've explained both of our life's stories in other comments, so I'm not going to get into the one issue she did have when I first got her.

  38. birdwithabrokenwing says:

    Great video, fair and sensible 👍

  39. scytheprincess says:

    Hey, I need some advice! I recently got a leopard gecko from Petco. His tail wasnt very big at all so I've been making sure hes eating enough but is he eating too much? I fill up his bowl with like 3 or 4 mealworms iin the morning and when I come back from work hes eaten them all. (Not knowing how often to feed them at the time) I refilled the bowl and when I got back in the morning he had eaten them all again. So in total hes eating like 10 mealworms a day for 2 days in a row. Should I give him a break? Or is he just trying to regain what he lost at Petco?

  40. jojojroe B says:

    Dont you like to stretch out to the full length of your body? Dont you get bored??? Yes Im putting Human Traits on a Reptile but we are all Animals .

  41. Rasquan Shabaka says:

    Have zero reptiles (have an axolotl) but love this channel

  42. G. Rodriguez says:

    Depends purely on the species for example: Red eye Crocadile Skinks should no be handled…. Boomslang, should not be handled…. However that Baby Black Throated monitor over by that baby Tegu (they both should be handled before those teeth cause damage)…. Wild caught animals generally dislike to be handled. Bearded Dragons 😠 should be handled 😠😠😠 — I'm used to wild snakes

  43. Celena Milan says:

    I have crested geckos, a leopard gecko, and a Whites tree frog. I tried handling them but realized that they just don't like it. I had a ball python I loved but never handled and so I found him a new home because I thought it was the right thing to do but I regret it… he was fine not being handled and if really needed he would tolerate it. I miss him so much 🙁

  44. mamatoadx4 says:

    I agree that the animal should be handled enough that they arent afraid of you and that if there is a problem that needs to be treated your and the animal ae fairly comfortable. My gecko did NOT like being handled. She was about 4 years old when she was given to me. I handled her enough to be able to take her out and hold her for a few minutes and put her in her soak. She did try to bite me a few times but it didnt hurt LOL I could feed her by hand easily enough. I did talk to her every day so she new my voice even if I didnt pick her up. My daughter has 3 baby snapping turtles for 3 or 4 months that she handled and cuddled every single day numerouse times a day (my daughter was 15 at the time) untill we released them back where she found them.

  45. EdBot says:

    In my opinion, just get to know your animal. Just like try handling them every couple days for a month and see if they settle down with you at all or if they are still squirming away from you. If they seem to be enjoying it, start handling them more, and if they aren't, handle them much less, like once every 3 months. I have a beardie and 2 turtles and I've found that my beardie loves attention and cuddles, but also likes to explore around. The turtles don't like to be handled, but they like to explore without attention. So I just take them out of the tank and put them straight on the floor, close the doors, and just watch YouTube for an hour in there while they scuttle around. Then I find them, and put them back in the tank. And that's what works for them. It's different for every single animal, you don't know what your animal will be like by reading things about the species. You might be able to get a rough estimate, but there is no definite answer to whether your animal will like to be handled

  46. COHARIE CREEK CUSTOM BAITS says:

    Can you do a video on the recent camp lejeune issue involving the ball python and the red tail boa

  47. PoPs says:

    You have 30 plus animals of course you can't handle all of them constantly, good content 👌

  48. ImpersonatorX says:

    Reptiles dont have the cognitive function to be emotional, their brain structure leaves just the basics to survive and a strong sense of instinct. Comfort isnt that big of an issue outside of their basic needs. that said, having people around can mean that you're not a threat and they dont need to be stressed around you, excluding pissy the angry "cobra", that one's just pissed by default

  49. Elijah Baird says:

    Like

  50. Corgi Cookies says:

    One of my snakes is really social. He'll climb out onto your arm. Whenever I come into the room, he starts freaking out and trying to get to the top of the tank. He'll just stay on my shoulders and sleep for hours. When I put him back in, he'll squeeze my arms and fight me, or stick his face over the side. He really enjoys socialization and I would feel guilty if I ignored him for a long time. But my leopard gecko doesn't like coming out, and she gets really nervous. I don't handle her unless I'm cleaning or feeding. I think it's about the individual.

  51. Preston Jones says:

    "My turtle loves to run around."
    Erm… Run?

  52. BEANS says:

    Is that a new leopard gecko?

  53. wholesome and positive? says:

    my leopard gecko likes to explore and its so cute, she also likes being handled a few times a week

  54. Pixel Shark says:

    sand boa is dummy thicc

  55. PICKLE MICKLE says:

    OK GUYS I HAVE A PROBLEM I THINK, SO IM GETTING MY BALL PYHTON SOON AND I HAVE MY TANK SET UP I KNOW THE HUMIDITY 60 PERCENT AND THE HEAT PAD 90 DEGREES BUT DO I JUST NEED A HEAT PAD OR DO I NEED A HEAT LAMP AS WELL TO MAKE A HOT SIDE

  56. poof poof says:

    Hey I would like to thank you I have been watching you for a while and thanks to you I got my 2nd lizard a leopard gecko it's my first one having one Do you have have any tips or advice for them

  57. Lady Luna says:

    I have 2 beardies. One that loves to be loved and handled and the other rarely likes to be handled. I don't stress my beardie out by handling him when he doesn't want it. So I kinda agree with you. Keep up the good work!

  58. Montasia says:

    My ball python loves people. Everytime I open his tub to handle him, he comes out of his hide ready to go. His temperament is amazing and doesn't mind other snakes. My opinion to each their own.

  59. Tls Gaming says:

    You need a red tail tracer

  60. Greg Williams says:

    About the only reason for handling some reptiles other then vet visits and cage maintenance is so the animal doesn’t think your going to eat it. Otherwise I think they would rather be left alone. Large lizards such as tegus and monitors you want to tame down for your own safety. I’m talking by experience with them

  61. Greg Williams says:

    I have to dig around to find my sand boa😹🐍

  62. Greg Williams says:

    Like trying to tame a 25 foot reticulated python 😹😹🐍🐍

  63. Helga says:

    Kinda disappointed that you have a crestie pic as your video background, but no talk of cresties🙁
    When you mentioned swimming with axlotles, I was like, wow, Alex is always thinking of new video ideas while making a video.
    Make it happen Alex! For summer!
    Who wants to see "swimming with axlotles" on their notifications?

  64. Helga says:

    My ball python is WAY better socialized than most dogs. She does not bark, drool, growl or sniff anyone's butt!

  65. myranda says:

    My ball python gets happy when I give her new stuff and it's so cute

  66. SheElf Gaming says:

    My Leo hates my existence..

  67. Helga says:

    My Centralian used me to go outside. Just opened her cage, stood by it she would crawl on my shoulders and out we would go.

  68. Simply Sarah says:

    I think it is a good idea to know what the general thoughts on for attention for the reptile you are considering while keeping in mind that it can vary.

  69. puzzled doge says:

    Hey goherping! I have a question! Do you know where I can get a leopard gecko or if you will have a leopard gecko for sale soon? I dont want to buy from petco or petsmart

  70. Kasey Lynne says:

    Alex about his axolotl – "She's probably one of the smartest animals in this room"
    Me, looking at my axolotls – "You're literally the dumbest creatures I've ever witnessed"

  71. Danny Med says:

    ok since alex deleted his discord imma have to ask the wholesome comment section, can i use an organic peat moss potting mix as a cheaper alternative for my bio active or is it not suitable for reptiles/amphibians?

  72. rosirk says:

    That savannah monitor was really not having a good time.

  73. Fantasies By Juls says:

    Meanwhile, one of my rescue tortoises is unbelievably friendly. She will annoy the shit out of you while you do yard work until you pet her. Soon as you touch her, she’ll just sit and watch you.

  74. Kiara says:

    You’re by far the most educational crush I’ve ever had

  75. MadHatt3r says:

    I think its important to handle your reptile like, once a week to make sure its not sick and it doesnt have any wounds etc

  76. Livi Long says:

    I ben thinking about getting a beauty Dragon and I am on a budget and I am have trouble to find the perfect price so if you help with brands or sum things like that I wood appreciate the. Thx

  77. Emma04079 ‹ says:

    My snake. I didn't hold her for atleast 5 weeks. She was fine when I held her. She just needed to adjust. She's also a ball Python. She doesn't mind and usually falls asleep in my hand

  78. Kristine Sanchez says:

    Hi! I love your videos, could you possibly talk more about your blue tongue skink? I currently have an Indonesian that does not like being handled at all. But when I feed her she’s excited and will come over to me.

  79. Scg1 hunter84160 says:

    I have a golden gecko ( aka naked mole rat ) and i do not handle him at all

  80. Adam Diedrichs says:

    Cool topic. And I just think that you should. As a reptile in captivity, do they get something out it? I'm gonna say they do. Of course it completely depends on the animal all in big Capps species. Smaller snakes are very curious. Medium snakes, meh. I always handled mine. Larger snakes, pretty solitude, but I always handled mine.
    Like I mentioned , cool topic.

  81. XxJasylxX says:

    I handle my green anoles that you’d usually think wouldn’t allow you to handle them but I handle my two green anoles by hand and they’ve gotten used to it that they don’t want to get off my hand or want to get on my hand

  82. Caroline Meredith says:

    I think it's something most reptiles can enjoy, but they don't miss it when the interaction's not there. It's similar to how a snake won't wish they were in the forest when they go back to their enclosure after a trip outside. They just live on and it doesn't bother them.

  83. Morgan Sanderson says:

    My ball python loves being handled, and gets mad when I don’t handle him enough, but if you get a ball python that dislikes being held, don’t hold it.

  84. Doctor Chief15 says:

    Isnt the whole point of getting a pet reptile/amphibian to be able to handle them??

  85. Joey N says:

    oh my god that snake is CHONK lmaoooo

  86. K.B's World of Pets says:

    First of all I love you and your videos! I think it would be good to handle your snake and lizard because they live in the same space all their life so giving them the chance to explore helps with enrichment. I agree with everything you said, it is a tricky convo and it does depend on that animal.

  87. TTK Skully says:

    So I'm going to buy a beared dragon and I went to petsmart to get the cage I was thinking about a 40 gal. But eventually I got a 20gal. Petsmart told me that at minimum a 40 gal. For a beared dragon and not even max a 75 gal. And I thought they were crazy,but are they right?

  88. Arabeth Peters says:

    Tbh if I owned even just one snake/reptile I'd handle it all the time purely for the fact that I care for it
    Just like. Snake mom. Loves her snake.
    Plus I'd probably have a cat. …unless that's a dumb idea. A snake and a cat in the same house, I mean

  89. frostdragon64 says:

    My gargoyle gecko tolerates being held. He'll spazz being picked up but calms down very quickly in my hand. So he gets held twice a week or so.
    But my crestie spazzes and hops around the tub when spritzing the enclosure with water. So I only handle him if I need to since he seems so stressed.

  90. A Sneaky Production says:

    Agreed.

  91. Dan Dan says:

    I do not handle my snake it makes her feel nervous and unsafe I would like to handle her but she does not like it so I am not a bad reptile keeper

  92. sincerely says:

    I used to be an animal manager at pet smart and petco and I wish I had gotten more comfy with snakes. I held them when I needed to. When someone wanted to see the animal or when I was feeding or cleaning their enclosures. But it ALWAYS made me nervous. Which is so silly, even with years of working there I got bit five times over by hamsters. Kind of a dumb phobia I couldn’t let go of. I never totally relaxed around them.

    I was nervous with iguanas (which I honestly think should never be sold in large chain pet stores) just because people have no idea the amount of space and care they need. They were always aggressive. But snakes I never had a reason to be afraid.

  93. Himanshu Wilhelm says:

    Reptiles need to handle US. Humans are softie mammals, and can literally die if isolated for too long, like bunny rabbits.

  94. Amy Wright says:

    I have an aesculapian snake and she's absolutely wild when i try to take her out. She likes to whip and bite now that its been a while since handling and even when i go to feed her, she's very flighty and defensive and i feel terrible for her not trusting us anymore but i have no idea how to get her back ☹

  95. mdnohos1 says:

    I like the Stardew Valley Junimo in the back

  96. Sabrina Gulick says:

    i love how you explain things, great articulation

  97. Sabrina Gulick says:

    "new plants to lick" that is exactly what I'm thinking when choosing flowers hahaha

  98. Moonbeam LS1 says:

    Personally, owning a crimson giant day gecko, I just give her attention in other words since they're not a very handle-able species. I frequently call her by her name (which she seems to be starting to respond to! :D) and I make sure I'm around her a little, and I make sure she has a very nice enclosure.

    Her tank is 60 gallons, and she has tons if things to climb on, mostly wood from my own yard that I've prepped for get tank, and she gets new plants every now and then.

  99. Random Person says:

    1 of my leopard geckos loves being out. She’ll try to climb the tank walls to get out

  100. Judgment Proof says:

    If you really think about it, yes, they also need love as much as we do. I personally wouldn’t have a pet I didn’t intend to handle regularly and bond with. My reason for that is because I know how it is, I grew up with no nurturing from my parents

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