Okay people, time for thinking caps and opinions (varied and conflicting ). We "know" that hides are important in our enclosures, right? That the animals get stresssed without them. Well, the thought hit me last night that Zoo animals (snakes and lizards) don't have hides - just things to hide "beside", because people want to SEE the animals. Now, these animals live a long and seemingly healthy life under these conditions. So, is it really VITAL to have full hides? And how do we KNOW the animals are stressed without the FULL hides, aside from regurgitations? Maybe some animals are more secure than others being out in the open? And are Colubrids diff. from large Pythons/Boas, who seem to never have full hides when most people keep them? I know this is a lot to digest, but I figured I would ask the people whom I respect for their opinions. Thanks!