My snakes were always extremely mellow, but as they got bigger they also got heavier! They also had the annoying habit of refusing to cooperate. The result was that I went to no end of trouble getting a suitable model, dressed just so an posed properly before my cameras and this 15 foot nut refuses to coil around her or stay where I put him! Very frustrating! But when everything worked right it was great. 2 of my models even got snakes themselves and loved them.