Moving ALL Of My Rattlesnakes!


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Will Nace: What is going on guys? It’s another awesome night. It’s been a very long day for me. I had my normal job today and then I came home to continue cleaning. As you see, I still been moving stuff around. If you guys did watch my last video, I’m not done. The room sneaker was a complete mess right now. It’s only because again, Chandler moved out. I have to clean all the cages that the snakes were in. I’m going to be doing that, moving stuff around. It’s going to be another long night. Hopefully you guys do enjoy this video. Okay guys. This first snake we’re going to be moving is my albino Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake native here to Florida but this one has the albino gene in it.

I’m going to be moving her all the way down on the bottom right now because she is very used to people now. She doesn’t get scared. As you can see, I’m moving my arm in front of the cage. She’s not freaking out or even rattling at this point. That’s very, very good. But I want to work on the other two, so I’m going to bring them up a little higher. Just so they can get a little bit more used to people. That’s part of trying to tame these animals down, getting very used to seeing us and noticing that we’re not a threat to them. I’m going to go ahead and open this glass.

She might start rattling now, but she’s not rattling when you walking by the cages which is very, very good. That is the start in the right direction. About this size here is where I actually start to work with my snakes. When they’re babies, it’s a little difficult. There she is. I want to come down here. Now, I love that you guys do ask me all the time. You see that I have different beddings and the different cages. Now, normally something I do about that is it’s like an environmental change. Getting a little feisty. I do change the bedding up every couple of months. Because it’s an enrichment actually. Again, I have not started working with her yet, so she’s still feisty, but she’s still used to people where she normally won’t rattle when I walk by the cage now.

A lot of you guys have heard in the past my blacktail rattlesnake doing that. Again, he is on the bottom. He’s going to be getting moved up tonight, which is always going to be fun. Come on, get your tail in there. I’m going to be moving him up tonight so he gets more used to people. Again, so changing the bedding around for the Easterns. I have been keeping them on eco earth with a little bit of sand, but now I’m putting them onto wood shavings. I will be keeping them on this for, I’d say about two, three, maybe four months. Again, it’s another way of enrichment, just changing their environment, changing what they’re staying on, their smells, the humidity levels that will rise or fall as the mulch gets wet or dry. It’s pretty much a type of enrichment form and that’s why I do it.

Now after the mulch, I’ll probably either go back to eco earth or sometimes I’ll put them on full sand for a month. Won’t do that one for long. It just happens to be good enrichment for them. All right now, something I normally do too when moving cages around, cleaning cages is I always clean the glass just because I do film a good amount of stuff through the glass and I want it to be nice and crystal clear for you guys. That’s something I had gotten into the habit of doing more often than usual. Usually, I used to just clean it if there was poop or blood or something on the glass from the snake’s venom because a lot of times sometimes when they strike minimal shootout and it’ll get dry. I usually only clean the glass at those times, but because of you guys and YouTube, I’ve been doing it more often than usual.

Now again, I am switching these snakes around, so I’m taking this off here. There was puff adders in this cage prior which I’d have my two puff adders, but I’m not putting puff adders in here now, so I’m going to scrape this off and tomorrow night and I’d have to relabel everything which only takes about two seconds. Florida state law is everything has to be labeled with what is in the cage. Again, no puff adders so I’m going to clean this glass, we’re going to slap it on there and then we’re going to be moving the next snake.

Hey guys, so I’m putting the glass back in now. A lot of you guys have asked me numerous times and I’ve tried to answer it as much as I can, what’s the cages are that I use? These are Vision cages, guys, I believe is their website. I buy them used, I don’t buy them off of the website, but they are phenomenal cages for keeping venomous in the glass, pops in and out there. They can with different locks. They are really, really great cages. They have heating elements spots. They’re awesome. I absolutely love them. That’s the cages that I use.

Now that I got this glass in, we’re going to be grabbing my other female Eastern. Now, she is on the same level that she’s going to now, but I’m hoping over there I can get her start eating frozen toads. This is my female that I have had issues with. At the beginning, was eating mice, she was doing great. I got her off of mice onto rats and now I got her to frozen toads, but now she’s giving me trouble. She won’t eat it. She’s only eating mice. I didn’t feel in the last time I fed her just because I was in a rush that night and I didn’t have Tyler here to help me out.

Now you’ll see, hopefully, her and her brother, which are the male below her, I haven’t handled them in a little while now, but they were calmer when I got them then. They had albino. So let’s see if I can get her out and see what she’s going to be like. Hello, beautiful. Come here. You’re okay. It’s a little head dumped there. Alright, so there she is. That’s my beautiful female, normal Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake. These came from a very good buddy of mine. His name was Rhett. He produced these last year and he actually just produced another batch of babies this year. Careful baby. All right. You’re okay. All right. I’m going to go ahead and slide her in here. No. You’re okay. Awesome.

For those of you guys commenting about my shoes or my feet, please stop. I’m not going to be wearing shoes. I don’t wear shoes. Please do not worry yourselves. If I get bit on my feet, that’s my own problem and my own fault. Why do you guys have been complaining about what I wear when I handle venomous snakes and my shoes are one of those topics. I don’t care, I grew up handling snakes barefoot and I’m always going to handle snakes barefoot and that’s just how it is. As you can see, this isn’t going in easy as I thought it was. She’s actually flattening her body out right now, but I can get her head in there. Come on baby. See it’s not always big precious, easy rattlesnakes. There is a harder side to it.

Come on. There you go. Nice new cage, nice new cage smells and close that up and then she’s in perfect.

Cameraman: Taste it.

Will: No. I just totally smelled my hand thinking she just must, there’s a little other stuff on there too. It’s not pleasant. Not going to lie. You can probably see the shiny mix there.

Cameraman: Yes. It’s disgusting.

Will: If you can’t see the shiny mix, I’m sorry, but you’re not missing much. Anyway, we got some more stuff to move around and clean. We back with you guys here in a little bit. Lots going on tonight. We’ll see you guys here in a minute. Okay, guys? I’m actually going to be taking the canebrakes out of this enclosure for right now. I’m going to stick them in this other big enclosure just temporarily so I can move these cages around. I don’t really like moving the cages around with the snakes in them. Nothing, I haven’t done it, but it does put a lot of stress on the animals. I’d rather take them out and put them in something else.

Normally I wouldn’t do the garbage can in this case, but I do have an open cage. It’s all fresh mulch in there so I can explore, get some smells while they’re in there for a little bit. Now when I say a little bit, I’m saying like, I’m going to move some cases around still tonight and then tonight they’re also going to be coming out, which their cage will probably not be getting redone because I just redid this, I want to say, I don’t know, maybe a month ago so it’s still got some time that this betting is good.

Hello. Beautiful. so I’m just going to throw them in there for right now. I’m going to move this cage off the top here. Hey, buddy, you’re okay. Beyond good, I promise. See, look at that. Constantly checking my back to watch the female, making sure she’s not coming out but she’s probably good in there.

There you go, beautiful. I want to say he’s a male, but I don’t really think he is a male. One of these days, my sister is going to come over. She’s going to help me probe all the newer snakes. [snake rattles] You’re okay. You’re okay. I’m sorry, did I breathe on you? I know my breath is really bad, I’m very sorry for that. Okay, so I’m going to go ahead and put him in very carefully. You’re okay. You’re okay. [snake rattles] Come on.

Now, something a lot of people do too, is they tend, when they’re putting a snake back in a cage, to touch the tail of the snake to get it to move in faster. That’s great and all, you can do that if you are in a hurry, you need to get your snake in, but that also scares snakes. That’s why they move in, move faster, because it’s a bad area to touch them. Understand, when you’re grabbing a snake by the tail, you’re not really grabbing it, but touching them when they’re in a new enclosure like this, let’s see. See? He moves it in, but immediately his head is coming back this way, because it could be a possible threat to them.

All right, so I’m going to close that up. All right, we got to move this there, and then this there, and then that there, and that way here. It could be a lot of stuff. We’ll be back in a minute.

Okay, as you can see, we got these two now done, set up. Actually, I lied.

Cameraman: We got to put some water in there.

Will: I’m missing the water bowls, yes. That’s okay, that’s okay. This one, we’re going to put the nice bluish-green, grey in there if it’s okay. That bad boy right there. For that one, for this one, we can put– let’s just put this one in there. Right, it’s okay. Water bowls are easy to change and move around, so it’s okay. Now, I usually use a big pitcher, so I don’t have to constantly refill it or pull the water bowls out. It just makes it so much easier. It’s okay if I do spill these, because these are Florida snakes that are going in here, and it does rain quite often here in Florida, if you didn’t know that. Okay, now there’s water bowls in there.

Back to the beginning. In this one, I’m putting the male Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake in here. She’s always out in the corner. You have the light off in this one. What’s up buddy? Come here. Now, when I first got this snake, I’d actually posted a picture on my Instagram, with him sitting in my fingers. He was very laid back when I got him, again I haven’t really had the time to work with him, like I’d wanted, just because very busy with work, school, and all that other stuff.

He still seems pretty chill if you ask me, so I’m going to go ahead and put him in his new enclosure. Again, I absolutely love him, because he does have a double diamond right there, with some white in the middle of it. That’s how I know him, he’s my male, and I’ll always know him because of that one particular spot on his back. If you look right here, the tip of his tail, if the camera will focus on it, he’s got a little bit of stuck shadow on there. That’s okay. We can soak him later on to get that off there.

Hey, you got to stay in there. That’s your new enclosure, buddy. That’s your new enclosure. There you go. Go ahead, close that up. Boom, and he’s in there. Now that he’s in there, I’m taking a snake out of the smaller rack and putting him in a bigger cage. Now this snake is the biggest on in the smaller rack. Same age as the Easter Diamondback rattlesnakes, which is my other bigger South American rattlesnake. I believe this one is a female. If you guys have been following me from the beginning, you’ve seen many episodes on this snake alone.

When it got sick when I first got it, I had to treat it. Eating problems that I had with it. A lot of different things, but this snake is doing phenomenal now. I haven’t again handled him or her as much either, but that’s okay. Getting to the size where I can actually start to handle these guys a little bit more. I am trying to grow them up. Now this, technically, was my very first ever South American species. I was super excited to get her. I actually had traded a buddy of mine, an acquaintance, for a very big Vision cage for her, a six-foot Vision cage, that I wasn’t using at the time. There you go, there’s your new cage. She’s going to moving around, smelling it.

Now, her parents are beautiful. It is actually the same parents as the baby South American that I do have as well. Do you want to move in there a little bit? There you go. Back to that tail thing I was talking about, too. It’s there, I just simply picked it up, and put it in, versus sitting and rubbing it to get her to pull it in. I’m not scaring her by doing that. It’s just a lot better for the snakes. You don’t want to scare your snakes. You want to have a serious relationship with them, so I do everything in my power to make sure when I’m handling them they’re comfortable, they’re not freaking out in any way, shape, or form.

You are still rattled, aren’t you? Oh, that’s the male. The male canebrake is rattling. You don’t ever do that. That’s just weird to me, but anyway. Okay, so we still have so much to do in here. All the labeling. I’m going to have to take care of, like tomorrow. Got to feed this week. Got to pick up some snakes from the airport later this week. Going to my sisters later this week. Lots and lots to do. I’m going to call it a night for filming. Hopefully you guys enjoy this episode. Big thank you to all my patrons out there, you guys are awesome. Stay tuned also later this week patrons, I’m going to be doing a behind-the-scenes thing here in the snake room, and if that’s something you YouTubers want to watch, become a Patreon.

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