Snake Articles (mostly Cadmium Morph news)

The articles on this page will cover my Cadmium Morph breeding project as well as other snake related experiences I have.

Why and when to sell

Once again I fly in the face of convention by trying to sell a bunch of hets before I sell the visual morphs. I've heard the arguments about what constitutes a popular snake, how to maximize your profits before other breeders flood the market. etc. These are all good points made by people who want to earn some $$ in their chosen hobby. Passion + profit = modern success

I get it. But, once I tried to sell an old riding lawn mower that ran fine but by the nature of it's age would require maintenance and a sound mechanical hand. People kept showing up to buy it and asking what was wrong with it. I explained "it's a $100 lawn mower if you can't keep it running you shouldn't buy it." I finally gave up and starting running people off until a guy showed up, asked no questions and said he'd make it work. Good for him.

Back to my snakes, these are adult, captive bred, well documented rat snakes from a species with only a couple of morphs. It's been a passion project of mine for over a decade. If you aren't willing to risk a couple hundred bucks on weird looking, notoriously nippy snakes and handle the feeding/breeding of what you get; then you should stick to ball pythons and corn snakes. I really just want to look around in 20 years and see people with my rat snake morph (or it's subsequent results) saying "check out this cool snake". That's my goal.

One more point: There's the sticky wicket of the fact that these are a white list species in the state of Texas. If it's a "wild-caught, typical" or an animal that can't be told from a "wild-caught, typical" then I'm supposed to have a commercial non-game license and can only sell to another commercial non-game license holders. (FYI: I have been a non-game license holder for almost 15 years at the time of this post) Hence I went through all the trouble of photo documenting these animals for years and specifically tracing their lineage. I am happy to talk with anyone interested in what I've done. I'm happy to get feed back from anyone who knows about these animals and can show me things I have not seen.

That being said, I'm still deeply, disappointed that I have to go to facebook to find people who want to buy these snakes. Oh well. 2018 will be crazy with visual morphs for sale and my next project which is intense documentation about temperament.

Good luck, killer.