Just put the hide box over your under tank heater. The snake will be able to hide and still digest its food without exposing itself. The females usually don't have the egg problem (at least mine haven't) without the male. Keep in mind though, if a female BP has mated with a male, she can retain the sperm for a few months so if it is an adult female- you may find eggs one day. This is not a very common occurance, but it can happen. All in all, if you have a male that is fasting, as long as you don't panic, you will be able to get through it with no problems. Good luck-my fingers are still crossed for you.