Can A Retic With Inclusion Body Disease Still Strike?

I am researching inclusion body disease (ICB) in reticulated pythons, and I was wondering if it is possible for a retic with IBD to strike a handler, even after developing symptoms such as star-gazing. Thank you.
Robert Noxworthy

reticulated python


Inclusion body disease is known to strike pythons and boas.

It really depends on how bad the neurological signs are. In severe cases, these snakes become a neurologic cripple, and I think it would be difficult for them to make a targeted strike.

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That said, it may be possible for them to strike randomly and, by sheer luck, hit a target. I would be very cautious, especially if the snake has a history of aggression.  — Douglas R. Mader, M.S., D.V.M., DABVP (C/F, R/A), DECZM (Herpetology)

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