Greetings everyone. This is my first post on here and I am just seeking some advice. Growing up ( I am now 22 ) I had a ball python for a few years and loved her..she was maybe 3 1/2 feet long and would let me handle her all the time..Recently I have acquired a 2 year old, 5' burmese python from a friend who is moving and can no longer care for her. She is in a custom built cage out of wood with a typical water dish, carpeted portion, and a stick for her to wrap herself around..the cage has wire mesh on the tops and sides as well as the heat lamp on the top of the cage. I've had her a total of maybe 48 hours so far and if I approach the cage she quickly perks up, looks right at me, and just sits there. If I make any kind of movement she follows me and does not hiss..but just stares at me.. Tonight I tried letting her out and adventure around my apartment a little bit and try to get to know the environment and I proceeded to try and put her back in after maybe 20 minutes or so..When I went to pick her up she began not necessarily hissing at me but what sounded like blowing air out of nostrils..she didn't look at me and do this just slithered away while making this sound. I was able to get her secured back into her cage and turned her lamp back on and I am now on here asking. So here's my question..What is this sound? Is this normal? Is she just tense because of the new environment and I should let her be for a little while? I am not necessarily afraid of her by any means but I do not enjoy being bitten just like everyone else lol edit: I should also say that the owner told me she has no history of biting but it has been a couple months since she has been handled as he has been too busy with work to handle her. He also said he typically feeds her medium sized rats once a week. Is this accurate or should I adjust it accordingly?