We just bought two corn snakes from a local pet store, though I will mention, I did the knowledge part of the research ON MY OWN, rather than take their word for it. We were going to order from a breeder but I felt so bad about the shipping trauma I chose the store instead. We got two cage mates, so we knew they already get along. One the pink/white/pale colored one you can see his (we call him a male but don't really care what gender it is) past two feedings...black spots in his body. The other standard red/orange corn of course with her (refer to earlier comment) we can't. My husband went in and got them while I was with the kids, he gave me the food chart, and first looked at our lighter colored one, every recent attempt (past month) he has happily eaten...then I flipped the page and looked at the other snakes chart, since april 5th when they arrived the store has attempted to feed her 4 times and for each of those they have a O meaning she didn't eat. I'm planning on trying for the first time with them both (separately of course) on Saturday. The pale colored one is certainly more active but both have been circling the 15 gallon tank. Though mostly the red stays hidden...should I be concerned? I read that they may not want to eat close to shedding and may hide...but I do not know how long that process is? Another new environment in less than a month I'm sure is stressful, and even though my kids are DYING to touch the snakes (we just bought last night) I am not letting them till tomorrow. We have a 14-day return policy on them, should I wait and attempt 2 times to feed in that time and if still not eating return or save the time and return now? The kids love the snakes to watch them in the tank, but I would hate to have spent 50 bucks on something that is about to die. I did read they can go months without eating but I would hate to wait it out and then the snake die from not eating (though I did see her drink lots of water last night hours after being in her cage)...so I just want some advice as what you would do knowing all this??? Thanks for any tips OH one more thought- It's right that I am to feed them in a different container than their cage right? so they don't think every time we put a hand in there it is food? And then how long do I wait after they eat to put back in the cage? I know you are to wait 48 hours to handle after eating, but I didn't see anywhere how long I wait to put them back in the cage? You are all going to become my new friends!!!! Husband and one child want nothing to do with these snakes so it's all me here!!!! So I'm very thankful I found all of you!