Hi guys! New here, so I’ll briefly introduce myself.
I’ve been a big fan of the smaller american species of snakes since I was 7 years old - beginning with wild caught garter snakes In colorado. I’m turning 36 in a few days and here I am buying reptiles online.
I consider myself on the upper end of the beginner level and have kept Bull snakes, corn snakes, garters, rainbow boas and most recently a new hatchling western hognose snake.
It’s a juvenile male and I have had him for a couple of weeks now. Fed him on Tuesday (he quickly took two dop’s) and I haven’t been handling him too much - I have learned over the years that sometimes - less handling is better until after a couple of feedings (at least with really young hatchling snakes).
Our few interactions have been short but positive and his enclosure temps are standard (93ish on hot side and ~75 on cool). Thursday he was out and basking / cooling / exploring all day. FRiday the same. It was nice to see him out of the substrate since he had been burrowed for what seems like forever up until then.
Anyway I took the little guy out yesterday (Friday) and he was extra hissy and strikey. I put on my trusty gardening gloves (snake safe I promise) and was able to get him out but any movements really seemed to provoke him even more.
After a few minutes of calming down he began to maneuver through my gloved fingers like usual - and when he got to my left pinky he struck at it and bit. Kinda freaked me out - and figured it may be a feeding response. Put him down and came back a few minutes later - same thing. Got to the left hand and bit my ring finger this time. I got him off pretty safely and figured he may be hungry (I noticed he has pooped earlier so I guess he metabolized already).
I fed him two more dop’s and he is now under the substrate blankey again.
I’m not sure if this is just a phase all hog keepers go through with young drama King’s/queens or if This guy is just gonna let me know when he’s hungry by trying to eat my fingers.
Thank god I was wearing gloves cuz a bite on any fingertip hurts. Shit even a paper cut on a finger tip stings lol.
Sorry for the wall of text. But hope I can get some help from y’all
Thanks for your time