So I brought Calcifer (corn snake, about one year old) home on Thursday and he's been settling in since then. He was very active the first night, zipping around and inspecting every inch of his new tank. Since then he's been hiding and hasn't really come out of his hide on the cool side. Yesterday he didn't come out at all while I was in the room, but today he poked his head out every so often to see what was going on, so he is making some progress. Hopefully it's normal for corns to be shy at first! I've taken the temps several times throughout the day both yesterday and today and everything's perfect, and I have seen him over on the warm side once or twice so he is thermoregulating.
My main question though, was when should I feed him for the first time? The people at the shop I got him from told me he was fed every Monday and is a great eater. I read on several care sheets that you shouldn't feed for the first week the snake is home. I got him on Thursday, so if I feed him Monday, that'll only have been four days. I really don't want to stress him by feeding too early, but I don't want him to get hungry, either! Sorry if it's kind of a silly question, but this is my first snake so I'm worried about getting things right.
The only other question I had is where can I find good hides for corns... it seems all the ones I've found are a bit too big. I want him to be able to feel snug and secure. He has a little fallen log hide on the cool side and he seems to prefer this one as it's smaller inside than the warm side hide. I'd like to replace that one with something he'll feel safer in... I think it's too open.