Snakes, I've discovered, are a lot like children. Except easier to feed.
Anyway, faced with such challenges there is only one response: make some stuff to help.
Of course when the boys were born, the Maker community wasn’t as well established and, Raspberry Pi, the core of many IoT projects had yet to be born itself. So this project gave me an opportunity make up for it now. The Pivarium deals with the the main requirements mentioned above.