Training Snakes! Choice and Control in Training Echoterms

How do you train a snake and what are the benefits? Can training improve quality of life and decrease stress for reptiles in human care? How can we objectively measure what a stressed animal looks like? Reptelligence aims to answer these questions and more. Through re-designing habitats to give more options for choice and control over how and when they behave, offering both natural and non-natural feeding enrichment that allows ectotherms to go through their entire foraging action patterns, and using operant conditioning with non-food reinforcers for a variety of training, a marked difference in the body language of snakes when in hand as well as in habitat has been found.