Er, I don't wanna be a brat, but, shouldn't you have made sure that you had a tank, and all the fixtures, for the snake before you bought it? I understand from your post that the snake probably wasn't going to go anywhere if you waited another day or so... I know how 'impulse' buys are (even I am not completely innocent of that), but it's just a thought for the future. I agree that if you bought the tank, then your parents had no rights to give it away. If you purchased it yourself, ask them for a substitute, and I would ask for BIGGER and BETTER!!! LOL Good luck!