I'm in the same position as well. Last year someone found a Burmese python on a college campus. It was going to be distroyed if I didn't take it. Like you, I took it in 'until I can find a better place for it' but became attached. I still have my baby and I wouldn't give him up for anything. It's difficult yes, (he's currently going on 15 feet), but worth it every step of the way. =) Good luck!