you would not be "cramming" hides all over the place. a hide can be anything from a silk plant laying on the floor to a couple of half logs that all can make the tank look a whole lot better. i have a 2.5 foot boa in a 4x2x2 cage for now, and he has like 4 hides in there, two of them are rocks, and two plants that he uses for hides. he also has a branch with vines wrapped around it that he hides in sometimes. like i said not all hides are old shoe boxes and such they can be decorative if you use your imagination.