Ohh, you have a pretty boy :P And it's okay. I know ALL about having internet issues :P
And snakes don't need live food, actually. :3 Mine gets fed frozen and thawed out mice. It's much better than having to feed it live (as the mouse can actually kill the snake if the snake is not hungry).
To get an avatar, go to the top of the page where there is a bar with a bunch of words(under the user name area up top). Look for "User CP", and click on it. On the side bar look for "Edit Avatar" and click on it. It should tell you how to change the picture (:
Hope I helped!
Oh, and I'm not sure about the piping, as I've never used it myself, but you might try to make a thread asking about it? If no one else has used it, at least the others might be able to tell you if it's safe or not. Good luck!
hey. actually i have rats now lol. 4. i dunno how a male mouse smells,never had one. but i heard its quite pungent. my rats do mark their territory (including me!!) so there is a slight smell but its not bad at all. if you completely clean their cage,all new hammocks,toys,blankets,they will re-mark which will smell a bit. as long as you keep some of their slightly already marked stuff in there.its all good. plus as with gerbils,they are social animals and need at least one friend. else they will get lonely,depressd,sick and die early.