Well, if you've read my blog lately, you'll note that I've got a lot going on in my life. My brother was hospitalized, a friend of mine died, and to top it all off, Gamut has escaped, and I'm not sure if he made it outside or not. While all this was going on, I had very little time or energy to devote to my cold-blooded friends. The person checking on them left a bit of a gap in the cage door, and next thing I know, I come home to dropped rat and no snake. Believe me, I'm heartbroken. I feel like I was really irresponsible, and I really let the little guy down. I'm hoping and dreading that he made it outside. Hoping, because now I have to worry that he might make his way downstairs and attack the bird I was given when my friend died. Worried, though, because it hasn't exactly been an ideal temperature outside. I just want him to be safe and happy where ever he is. I've left out some water in his cage and a nice source of heat for him. I'm thinking about getting a little hamster and closing it up in the cage with enough of a gap so that if Gamut is around and hungry, he can get in the cage, eat and hopefully stay in the cage. At least I would know he's still around. (I suggest a hamster because we already have one, so if Gamut truly is gone, we can keep him with the other hamster.) Do you think this is a bad idea? The hamster would be fed and watered and have a place to play. It just also might become snake food. I hope that doesn't sound too callous to anyone. But it has been several days since he disappeared, so I think he must have found a way outside (old house, lots of cracks). If that's the case, I doubt I'll ever see him again. This absolutely will *never* happen again if I ever manage to get another chondro. I don't think I'll get one for awhile, though. Other than holding out hope for Gamut, I also couldn't afford another one at the moment. Plus, well, I can't just replace my pets like that. They're family to me. It's not going to be the same, even if I do get another one eventually. *sigh* I really loved that little guy.