Hey guys! I've had my little Jungle dude for about a month now. He's going great - eating well, he's shed, and he's actually pretty placid to handle. He's my first snake, and while I'm loving having him and also fairly confident he's going well considering he's eating fine and shedding, pooping etc, I do have a few questions just to make sure I'm doing the right thing by him! He was hatched December 2018, so he's 9 months old now. The breeder had been feeding him fuzzy rats (sometimes 1, sometimes 2 per feed) and tried him on hoppers a few times. They told me he'd be fine with hoppers, so that's what I've been feeding him. They leave a bit of a bulge but nothing enormous. Is that an okay feed size for a snake that age? I know his size is more of a guideline, but I'm just not sure how big is "too" big and would be detrimental to him. Also, feeding schedules? I received a chart with him that had all the dates of his feeds and sheds. He shed maybe a week after I got him home, and I fed him that same day on the breeder's advice. I'm trying to match what schedule they were feeding him on, but there's no real rhyme or reason to it. Some times the feeds were 5 days apart, others 10, others 7. Just not too sure what the best plan is. I have fed him twice so far, going on roughly every 7-10 days as he's on hopper rats now which are slightly bigger than what he's had previously. What's a rough guide as to how often to feed him? And the last (for now!) question I have is about defrosting rats. He's eating f/t, and I've been thawing them in a ziplock bag in a cup or bowl of hot water until they've fully thawed out. Just curious though, what is the concern (if any?) with defrosting the rat straight into warm/hot water? Is there any health concerns to the snake that way? I am purely buying ziplock bags for this purpose at the moment, so wanted to know if it were okay to go right into the water or best to continue with the ziplocks. Thanks guys! I'm loving having the little dude, and pretty stoked with him. Still waiting for that first inevitable bite, but he has been super cruisy so far and hasn't even struck out at me.