Sadly, I have bad news to report. One of my babies, (actually it is the one i bought with the slit from the umbillical cord still open that hadnt eaten), died today. We ended up having to assist feed successfully twice. We attempted about 6 times, 4 of those times he spit it out or would work it until he could spit it out. I kept hoping his feeding response would kick in. He wasnt gaining weight and still hadnt even shed yet. However, I dont think that is what killed him. See last night my husband was checking on all the snakes while I was at work. We had an undertank heating pad that was connected to an on/off thermostat. The thermostat was actually running two tanks well under the wattage requirements and is set at 87 degrees. The one tank (with my pastel ball python) is fine and is actually reading 88 degrees with my temp gun. The undertank heating pad got so hot on the baby ball pythons cage it melted through the pad (there was a hole in the middle) and charred the wood of the desk underneath black (can you say almost caused a fire?). He was cooked. He lived for a little while but died sometime through the night last night. I will never use undertank heating pads again. Is there anything I could have done differently to prevent this? I am thinking I did something wrong, but I am not sure if it was a technical failure of the heating pad, or my fault for setting it up wrong.