Well, the reason that we got ribbon snakes is actually a funny story.
We were going to get corn snakes, but my mom was purchasing them, and thought $40 was a little much to spend for a 4 year old. We had planned on green rough snakes, but when we held them, Leigh got bit by one. So, suddenly green ones are bad, and striped ones are good.
Plus, the size and feed are much more to my husband's liking (he hates snakes of all kinds).
As far as them being totally freaked out by the change, I understand that. They have a few different hiding spots, and we got the Forest Bark stuff that was recommended, and they can burrow in very well. Should I wait a couple of weeks to try and handle them again, or should I just hold them for smaller amounts of time every day? Maybe 5 minutes a couple times a day? I am trying to do as much research as possible. I just really want to do right by these guys, and make them as happy and comfortable as possible, for them as well as us.
I'll tell ya, I didn't expect the bite to hurt as long as it did after he bit me.
I'm glad it was me and not the munchkin.