And I don't know anything about snakes, so that sucks. I have done a fair amount of reading so I'm not completely inept, but I haven't been able to find answers to a number of questions I've had. So I come to you, fine people of the HC network, for assistance. I have a 3 year old male JCP, who was raised by some guy who I'm guessing didn't take very good care of him. He told me he lost him a few times for months at a time, fed him .. occasionally, and when I got him he was (and still is) in a 10 gallon aquarium tank turned sideways with a branch in it, and nothing else. I'm guessing I need a bigger habitat for him (4+ ft), but I'm not exactly sure what I need. I've learned that he might ingest Aspen snake bedding, but I would like to get him bedding that is acceptable for him. I want to get him some toys (rocks, hiding areas, etc), and perhaps more branches. I also want to get a bigger living solution, but I'm not sure where / what / how big. I at least know that he likes hanging out vertically. He was very tame when I got him (two weeks ago) and the gentleman I bought him from told me he hadn't bit since he was a baby. He also said he had just been fed so I had about two weeks until he got a new treatment of mice. I left for four days and came home and he had escaped (ouch, rookie lesson #1) and had been in my bedroom relaxing. He had multiple abrasions from escaping and looking to be in a bad mood. I was in a hurry so I quickly put him back in his cage and let him think about what he did for awhile. The next time I opened up his cage, he proceeded to bite me within two seconds. I didn't hear him hiss, but he looked angsty to say the least. I got mad, put him back in, and let him think about that for another day. When I let him out the second time I was extremely nervous and so was he, because he didn't want to be handled at all. Afraid of him biting me, I put him back in until today. Today I fed him. I put him in a makeshift enclosed area and fed him two little (live) mice, which he seemed to thoroughly enjoy. He simply looks like he's in a better mood now, and I'm guessing the next time I handle him he'll be too full to want to bite me. Right? I hope? I put him back in his (unfortunately small) cage for now. How long do I have before I can handle him? Would it have been alright to pick him up to put him back in? What I did was I put his tank up next to the feeding area and let him crawl in, so I didn't have to take any risk. I've read about putting my hand in the tank every day and letting him get used to me. I'm very sad because the first few days I had him (before his weekend escape adventure), he was very docile and enjoyed crawling around on me for a few hours at a time. I had him laying on my desk for a few hours when I did work and he didn't even come close to wanting to bite. After he escaped he just looked angry and like he wanted to bite. Maybe he's just been hungry? I don't know much about the personality of snakes or how they work, but if you guys could provide me with any information it would be ridiculously appreciated. Thanks!!