When I first got Tigger ( my 12 foot Tiger Retic) he was not tame at all. It took me about
3 months to tame him. Here is how I work with him.
For the first week I used the snake hook to touch him a few times and I would just put my
hand on his body and the hook holding his head. I did this for about 2 or 3 minutes a day. I
also put my shirt I was wearing in his cage at night so he would get use to my scent. I did
the shirt trick for about 3 1/2 weeks.
The next 2 1/2 weeks I would use the hook by his head and pet him on his body. He would
jerk his body and throw my hand off but I would put it right back on him. I did this for
about 15 minutes a day.
Then after the 2 1/2 weeks I still did the same thing but I would also pet his head. I did
this for about 5 to 7 days.
Then I started to take him out of the cage for about 10 to 15 minutes every day. I would
let him go just about any ware he wanted to but I would not put him down. I did this for
about a week. I still would pet him in his cage just about every day.
The next week I started to let him crawl around on the floor. But I had to use the snake
hook to pick him up as he would strike at me.
After about 1 or 2 weeks he was fine with me then I started letting my kids pet him when I
had him out in the house.
The first time I took him outside (this was about 6 to 7 months after I got him) he when
right back to wanting to strike at me so I had to use the hook with him. After about 2
weeks he was fine outside with me and I even let my kids pet him too.
I still use the hook every time I open his cage to take him out. All I have to do is touch his
head now and he knows it is not feeding time.
The only time I would not do anything with him was on feeding day and the day after.
Tigger stays in feeding mode for about 1 to 2 days. Tigger has only bit me one time and it
was just a little bump on my hand and it was to let me know he did not want to come out as
he was deep in shed. The bite did not even bleed, just 2 or 3 little marks in my hand.
Tigger has become one of my tamest snakes I own, and he is not head shy at all. I believe
this is because when I first got him I would pet his head allot.