I did the same thing when I got my first Python. - If you explain their behaviour in a manner where it doesn't put them in such a bad light, that can be a good thing. - Now what else I would suggest is letting your parents handle it. but being a Jungle Hatchie it will be virtually impossible for a while. - Hiding their food as well as hiding the fact your feeding them is a good thing also. - List their cool facts! E.g they do have ears they are just covered (snakes are not deaf).