I've caught tons of snakes in my time- this bull snake was the second biggest I've ever seen. Easily 6 foot and as big around as my arm.. not that my arms are huge mind you. Ben will learn not to be afraid rather to be respectful and know what is dangerous and what is fun. Bull snakes tend to be very docile and don't usually mind being held. I've been bitten maybe 10 times and it's always more startling than painful. This one was old and obviously had experience with humans- so he would have none of me picking him up.