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Frequently Asked Questions-
The number preceding an animals description indicate the sex of the animal.
1.0 The animal is a male
0.1 The animal is a female
0.0.1 The animal is unsexed
TS The animal (primarily geckos) were incubated at a temperature that yields a high percentage of a single gender. We incubate female geckos at 81 degrees and males are incubated and 90 degrees.
CB- Indicates that the animals were captive bred.
CBB- Indicates the animals were captive bred and born. This is the case with all of our animals, all animals available on our site were produced here by animals we bred.
CH- Indicates the animals were captive hatched. Captive hatched animals are the result of gravid females being field collected in the wild and held until eggs are laid. The eggs are then taken and incubated and hatchlings are sold in lots to distributors. This is the case with most of the baby ball pythons that show up in April, while this may result in the introduction of new morphs, importation of large quantities of animals is not good for the hobby or consumer.
LTC- Indicates the animals are long term captives, meaning they were wild caught animals but have been in captivity for a period of time. This is a tricky one because every seller can have a different opinion as to what it means to be long term captive; for example I spoke with someone that brought in baby ball pythons last year and after having them for only 8 days was selling them as long term captive. To me this is dishonest and doesn't accurately reflect what they had.
WC- Indicates the animals have been recently imported and are wild caught.
These abbreviations are used to indicate what type of prey item the animal is feeding on;
f/t- is short for frozen thawed, when feeding frozen thawed the prey item is normally purchased frozen and then thawed to room temperature prior to feeding.
f/k- is short for freshly killed, in this case live animals are terminated just prior to feeding.
live- is just that the prey items are fed to the animal while still alive.
This is a loaded question! There are a lot of very good people in this hobby and I have links to several of them GOOD GUY LINKS . There are however many big names in this hobby that have horrible customer service but are given a pass because of their name. I will not mention any names here, the point is every purchase should be made in a case by case manner and use your own experience to help make the best purchase you can. As with cars there are very few reptiles out there that are a one of a kind so if you don't feel comfortable with a seller don't buy! There will be more of what you want available just be patient.
I consider flippers the car salesmen of the reptile hobby, in that they don't produce or add value to what they sell. Flippers can do one of two things, first they can market animals for the breeder and receive a commission on the sale or they can buy at wholesale from the breeder for resale. I don't buy from flippers I would prefer to spend my money with a breeder. It is often hard to tell whether a seller is a flipper or a breeder so ask them directly if they produced the animal you are interested in.
Yes and NO. Unfortunately when it comes to forums there is no way to ensure the information being given is factual. The biggest mistake one could make would be to judge an individuals credibility based on their number of posts. There are a lot of people out there on forums that talk as though they know everything but in reality know very little! I affectionately refer to these people as the forum trolls or poachers in that they ad very little but like to take shots at others. Some of these individuals will have thousands of posts on multiple forums and my question would be how do they find time to actually work with animals when they are constantly forum surfing? Then again most of the trolls have produced fewer animals in their life than the people they are talking down on do annually. As a result of people like this there are a number of very good and knowledgeable people who won't visit a forum and share their experience. With regards to forums like the BOI on Fauna, threads are put up in haste without allowing proper time for resolution. Once there they are hard to remove and the trolls are quick to jump in and having heard only one side of a situation their contributions are more often than not misguided. Even the slightest oversights can be quickly blown way out of proportion and good people can be portrayed in a bad light. I guess the moral of the story is take most of what you read on the forums with a grain of salt don't take any of it to be 100% true.
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