So yesterday I received my first ball python in the mail. I was super nervous cause its my first experience with ordering and getting an animal shipped to me. So other than him being delivered almost an hour late, everything went smooth. I took him out immediately, looked him over for a couple minutes and put him in his enclosure cause he was super stressed, striking and everything. I even covered his tank to try and put him more at ease. So of course he was making laps around the tank all night which I kind of expected since my first snake did the same, but then he starts crawling up the side of the tank, gets to the lid and falls over into his water dish. SO I’m sitting next to him (his tank is next to my couch) and I’m just hearing silence THUMP silence THUMP . Hes making me super nervous, hes only 2weeks old, I don’t want him hurting himself, etc. He has his cool and warm hides (thermostat set to 90*, humitdity @55%) and hes been in both already, he has a paper towel roll in there as well that he’s already made use to hide in, his water dish and I just put some vines in there for added enrichment/more hiding. I took him out today to weigh him (80g). I did offer him food ft, he was eating live) but he refused, so I’m guessing he was still stressed. Today I uncovered his tank about 1/5 to get him used to some light and people constantly walking by. Right now hes out and roaming over the vines.
Is there anything else I could be doing to settle him down or is there something Im doing wrong thats freaking him out more? Im really trying to leave him alone as much as possible other than topping off his water dish (cause him falling in it is splashing it all over) and lifting his hide to make sure hes still alive.
I’m a worry wart, I know this already.