So we were recently given an adult male ball python by my FIL, he has been living with then for several years after they rescued him from a horrible prior situation where he was unable to get off his heat source and was badly burned. I would like to give this guy the best life with us possible. He was on newspaper with a cardboard hide a piece of sandstone and a water dish. I noticed yesterday he was looking dehydrated (at least that's what I found when searching the issue), one of his eyes looked a bit dented. He was also having trouble fitting his whole chunky body under his hide. So I removed the newspaper and put down reptichips (coconut husk chunks) and used it to give the hide a bit of a lift, then I misted it down a bit to help with any dehydration. He seemed to like the new digs, I however am still not completely satisfied with his set up and am looking for ways to improve it. His tank is a 40 gallon (tall not breeder) so there isn't a ton of room in it and he doesn't have a hide on the cool side which makes me really uncomfortable. I'm thinking of putting in a largish Tupperware style container and basically putting the water dish on top of it and burying around the Tupperware with the substrate so it's like a den and doesn't take up floor space. Does this seem like it would work? I'm also thinking about getting some fake plants to stick to the walls so make him feel more secure and I have real plants on the outside. I've uploaded a pic of what I have now. I'm also looking for suggestions on cheap hides that would look a bit more aesthetically pleasing than cardboard.