Your questions about pet snakes for sale reptiles

Ken asks…

need ideas for new pet?

i have always wanted another lizard/snake pet and i have found a 40 gallon long tank with the required Accessories at a yard sale. what snake/ reptile should i get? i have had reptile experiences before. i do not want to get a bearded dragon or a blue tongued skink. thank you so much

Chris answers:

You should get one so big that it could eat you. That way, if your relationship ever goes south, you will know right away and not be left wondering.

Charles asks…

Is Zoo Med Vivarium Substrate Aspen Snake Bedding safe too use with pet mice?

I seen the Aspen snake bedding for sale on ebay is the bedding safe too use with pet mice?
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Zoo-Med-Vivarium-Substrate-Aspen-Snake-Bedding-26-4L-/260627197905?pt=UK_Pet_Supplies_Reptiles_Spiders_Insects&hash=item3cae976fd1

Chris answers:

Aspen is good for mouse substrate

Steven asks…

Thinking of another reptile (probably snake) for our daughter, what would you recommend?

We have a five year old daughter, who absolutely adores animals, particularly dogs and reptiles. We volunteer with the animal shelter, and frequently have dog “guests” in our home in addition to our own. Lily has a Ball Python who is almost 3 years old, and loves him dearly. He goes EVERYWHERE with her, to the park, to the beach, to play in the yard, she lays with him in bed and reads him stories, cleans and changes his tank, and even feeds him his mice. She is very intelligent and continually on a thirst for knowledge, and after visiting a local traveling reptile exhibit, is pining for another pet. She would love another snake, and I would like to stick with something larger (but not dangerously large, or something we may not be able to accommodate for its lifetime. We have twins that are two, and though I’m not worried about a snake eating my children, I don’t want any accidental strangulations because of a snake’s size and girth.) They have a rescue portion with some friendly reptiles who are for sale that have been exposed to children and have come from neglected or inexperienced homes. There is a 6.5 foot Bull Snake, a Red Tailed Boa (6 foot), a Carpet Python (8 foot), an Iguana (4 foot), and a Savannah Monitor (adult female). She was given the opportunity to handle and meet with all of them, and they all seem great, and of course we would be in charge of caring for it as they are all larger reptiles for more experienced owners. I’m looking for the opinions of experienced reptile owners, I would like to stick with rescue as it’s how we feel about dogs, as opposed to going to a breeder or pet store. Do you think we should wait until she is older before getting another reptile, or do you recommend any of the above? Thank you in advance for all responses 🙂
Thank you everyone for your help, we have decided to go with the Bull Snake, as he is full grown, and she is more familiar with handling snakes. Also if for whatever reason he were to bite, we know it would not be serious. We will venture larger or into lizards when she is older. And to the person with the negative comments about allowing her to take her snake out unattended. She is five. She doesn’t roam the streets or parks or even our yard unattended, if it were frigid temperatures or unsuitable conditions for her snake to be outside, naturally we would be with her, therefore we would make the best judgement as to whether or not it is safe for Kaa. She has excellent judgement regardless.

Chris answers:

All of those sound awesome but I wold go fore the Bull snake or the Savannah monitor these are the easiest to care for and don’t get THAT large but are still a good size here are some web sites to help you get started

http://www.petsnakecare.net/bull-snake.php

and for the Savannah Monitor

http://www.anapsid.org/savannah.html

Good Luck!!!

William asks…

My pet shop won’t sell me live rats to feed my snake…but I’m not breaking laws?

There are several pet shops where I live who refuse to sell me rats or mice because I intend to feed them to my snake. One of them has gone as far as to post signage saying that their rodents are treated and as such will be toxic if ingested.

I’ve checked up on the laws in my state and whilst there is a code, there are no laws. The code states that an owner SHOULD feed their reptile pre-killed feeds but that there may be individual exceptions. My snake will not eat for months at a time if he is offered a pre-killed feed, in fact he hasn’t eaten one since he was a hatchling. He shows no interest in pre-killed feeds and it doesn’t matter how long he’s been without eating, he will not eat them. I am not willing to consider force feeding when he is perfectly happy to take a live rat. I put the rats in the freezer for several hours to slow them down first so that he’s not in any danger. I can’t catch him wild rodents either as these carry diseases.

How can I buy my snake a meal when the pet shops are denying me sales? Are they allowed to deny me the sale when I’m not breaking any laws? What can I say to them next time I go there?

Chris answers:

You’ll need to find a pet shop that allows you to use the mice or rats as feed, or go online and see about having some shipped to you. They are free to refuse service to you for the reasons they are giving.

George asks…

How to find small business grants for a exotic pet shop?

OK so I got my DBA (doing business as) have my state tax ID and Federal EIN (employer Identification number) I have breeders as well as online wholesale supplies for all my accessories, waiting for me to place an order, Business cards are on their way from VistaPrint.com, But I’m lacking the funds to get it completely off the ground, is there a way to get funded, like new business grants to help with the start up costs, so I don’t have to use my bill money

Named it Larry’s Exotic Pets will be selling snakes, geckos, iguanas, bearded dragons, etc. also would it be reasonable to under cut my competition by 10 buck on all sales and still see profit already calculated some of my profit margins on select items. especially if I sell similar items and reptiles? any help or insight would be great full

Chris answers:

Talk to the Small Business Administration in your area. They will help you get started and point you in the right direction for small business loans.

To be honest, unless you are in a major city, an exotic pet store is not going to have enough of a customer base. Consider adding cat and dog supplies and more traditional pets. Make a name for yourself with the exotics; but don’t turn away customers just because they own poodles.

Chances are it will be easier to sell the exotics to people who are current pet owners. So, having the regular pet supplies will get customers in the door. It will give you a chance wow them with the lizards.

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