I am new to this site so...Hello! I have an interesting story to share and advice to ask.... My reptile experience began three years ago with two baby red eared sliders (they are now more than 5 inches across) and then about a year ago (after my husband drooled over them in the pet store for about a year) we adopted our first bearded dragon (we now have two) so it would be natural for my father in law to call me when he found Alamo.....The security guard where my father in law was working was about to get a shovel and kill the snake on the ground all of the commotion attracted the workers to come out and see what was up. That is when Tim (my FIL) walked up and told the security guard to just go back to work he would take care of it and he just picked it up...It was a 3ft ball python crawling on the sidewalk not three blocks from The Alamo (yes that is where the name came from) in the middle of the day. He was brought home to me at which point I saw (to my horror) the cruelties of man. This was the sweetest snake and yet badly injured. the bottom of the jaw was mangled. the skin was off of one side and peeled back to expose the bottom of the right side of the lower jaw and the cut then runs back all the way behind the jaw hinge on the left side. the tip of the left jaw was gone along with the snakes tongue. I felt like crying We are thinking that the snake crawled up in someones car and got hit by the fan or maybe a weed whacker no way to be sure. My knowledge of snakes was average but good (thanks to the Discovery channel lol) so I know that missing it's tongue would have led to disaster in the wild. Then I noticed the healing the injury was about a week old and showed no sign of infection. It eats just fine...I do however feed it adult mice when I'm pretty sure this thing is big enough for rats. I feed it two mice twice a week. I am concerned about over taxing the injured jaw as it is it gets stretched and shows a little blood at the very tip of the injury so I am positive if I feed it anything larger before it heals I will cause extensive damage. How could someone just let this beautiful snake go? It is very unagressive its favorite place is on my shoulders it will spend hours going back and fourth....I am however loving my new baby and have checked all of the care sheets and everything that is posted I just wanted some opinions of people out there who have these darlings instead of just generic stuff. Thank you so much for helping me and my rescue pet!