Alright, I know there are always plenty of these posts going around but I need some reassurance from some fellow snake owners. This is my second florida kingsnake to own, but I got my first one when he was already a year old and didn't have to go through his youth. I now have a 3-4 month old florida (brooks) king. I have had her just over a month. She is about 14 inches long and is in a 18" by 24" tank filled with 4 hides and plenty of plant cover. As it is a bit of a large tank for her size, I made sure she had plenty of hiding spots. The issue is, one of her hides, her favorite, is the All Living Things Bogwood from petsmart. The tip of the branch is hollowed out and inaccessible to humans, but an ideal place for a small snake to hide out. For a while it didn't matter that she'd hide up there, because after the first week of having her she would come out regularly at night to explore. She is a hardy eater who would accept a pinkie twice a week and then return to the hollowed tip. But now I haven't laid eyes on her since last Sunday. She ate the monday right after that but she didn't come retrieve the pinky during the day, instead took it at night when no one was around. I will also mention that she arrived with a fresh shed in her shipping container and hasn't shed since then. My first instinct is to assume that she is hiding out while she's blue and wont come out until she is ready to shed. However, I have no way to even see if she truly is in the log (let alone blue), and I recently found the mesh wiring was very slightly separating from the lid top, and a very stubborn small snake could have forced herself through to escape (it was tight enough it would be a very ridiculous and poky process, but plausible). Granted, the opening on the top was very inaccessible to her given her activity patterns around the tank. It was in the middle of the tank right over a short wine branch in there. I have never seen her climb on the branch or even want to, and she would have had to use it to reach that high. I offered her food again yesterday and the pinky did not disappear during the night. I have also set up a time lapse camera the past two nights to get a look at her, and she hasn't come out either night. So... am I freaking out? Is my snake still in there or has she escaped? I'm really hoping I'm just being an overstressed parent but the thought of a missing snake sucks, especially with how small she is. I specifically went out and got the 4th hide yesterday so that when I see her, I can take the bogwood out until she is too big to wedge herself in there. The new hide also provides a nice tight space so she can feel safe (the other 2 are a bit roomier), I didn't want to remove the bogwood without providing another proper security. And other tank info in case you need it, warm side of tank peaks at 90 degrees, cool side is 74. Night temps are warm side at 80-85 degrees with the coldest point on the cool side being 68 degrees. The tip of the bogwood she is in is located in the middle range of the temp gradient. Humidity is generally around 40-55.