A few questions before I dive too deep into my plans to get a carpet python. I'm building an enclosure out of materials I already have. I have two pieces of glass that are 23" x 32" each. Not sure if it is going to be a hinged door or sliding door yet, but I am trying to decide if I want to go vertical or horizontal. I know these guys are "semi-arboreal" but I'm thinking it will be best to make the cage longer rather than taller. I have read a few threads where people have built or started building upright cages, but they never said how much the snakes used the vertical space after they were finished. so my options are 46" tall x 32" long... or 32" tall x 46 long... or 64" long x 23 tall.. I think my best option is 32" tall x 46" long What are your thoughts? What do you think about using slate tiles for the bottom of the enclosure? Should I just put the heat pad under the tiles? About "mutt snakes" or "mix"... not sure what to call them really... I know some people value their snake's pure bloodline. Is there a reason besides breeding purposes? Are there health issues associated with interbreeding sub-species? I'd obviously rather get a pure bloodline python, but there are some good looking mixes in my opinion. If anyone has any other advice let me know. Thanks!