Hello! I took my first step into the world of snake keeping and purchased an albino ball python from petsmart last Friday. Since my purchase, I've found that many disagree with buying from these stores, but I got a fairly good impression when purchasing the snake. When I went to buy the snake initially, it was being held in the back (along with the other five or so pythons) for feeding and they refused to sell the little guy to me until the following morning to keep stress to a minimum after feeding. I didn't get a chance to see the snake eat, but I don't think they'd go through all the trouble to lie to me about feeding when all the employees seems very interested in this particular snake. I was given a feeding chart upon purchase the next day, which I will post a picture of, that seems to indicate that the snake has eaten frozen hopper mice since being in the store for the past four or so weeks. For the first few days, he did a bit of moving. I am a student in Fort Collins, but go to Boulder for the weekends, so I drove him down there for the weekend so I could keep an eye on him. For future weekends, I will simply leave the snake up in FOCO with everything running on timers and self-regulators. I wanted to observe him for the first few days, however. Over the weekend, he was handled for short amounts of time a few times, and then returned with me on Monday. After being set up, I attempted feeding a frozen hopper mouse Monday night. The python came out to investigate, however, no strikes were made. I left the mouse overnight, and still, no feeding attempts were made. I tossed the mouse in the morning and changed the paper towels in the tank. I heated the mouse using warm water, then gave it a 30 second or so blast with a hair-dryer before feeding. Beyond weighing the snake Tuesday afternoon, I have not handled it at all this week. He's about 18" long with a weight of about 323 grams. Does this seem about right? Although it had only been a few days, I visited a reptile shop and, after speaking to one of the employees, ended up buying a live rat pup in hopes that my new snake would take it. The snake refused, showing minimal interest. Should I be concerned? I feel that I being a new snake owner I panicked and jumped the gun, but I can't help but worry that something may be, or that I have done my new snake, wrong. The temperatures in the tank have been fluctuating as I figure all the equipment out/ how to position it, and the humidity has been quite low. Is this most likely the reasoning behind lack of feeding? And the fact that it has only been 7 days since purchase? The habitat set-up goes as follows. - 10 gallon aquarium w/ mesh top. - 2 heat lamps, one with a day bulb, the other with a red bulb for night. They alternate every 12 hours via timer. - thermostat is arriving today for heat pad - 2 medium sized hides. - water bowl on hot side - an acurite temp module which is located on the hot side. Reads 84F on hot side with heat pad currently off. I didn't want to risk a burn. - humidity is extremely low currently at 21% as Colorado is about as dry as it can get. I'm adding a vaporizer to the room today near the tank, and have done some mistings which brings the humidity up a bit each time. The snake was fairly active the first two days, then stayed in relatively the same spot in the cool side for two days and now is back to exploring at night and moved to the warm side. I'll include pictures of the tank and feed sheet later when I return, but for now, here's an image of the snake himself. Thank you in advance for any and all advice, critique, and overall outpouring of knowledge! I've been extremely stressed about getting everything right and feel that I might be overthinking everything as I adjust and perfect settings.