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Before you buy an Indigo

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Posted by: johnnic at Wed Aug 15 09:04:41 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by johnnic ]  
   

Correction there on ur assessment of USFWS Interstate Commerce permit. They aren't even making any money from it. It costs them $80 to process the permit. So they make a lousy $20 from it. I have friends who work in environmental law. They tell me USFWS spend 80 % of their resources fighting developers/other issues in court. Leaves very little to actually do what their suppose to do. The will NEVER allow a wild indigo to be legally placed in private hands. Even zoological/conservation societies usually have to go through many legal hoops to study wild indigos. Basically, leaves illegal poaching as the only option for private breeders to obtain wild genes. Sad...

Yes, Alan B. recognized the inbreeding issue on Drymarchon very early and has tried to reverse the trend with the Central American/South American Dry's. Unfortunately, due to the legality surrounding Easterns, he opted to work with them on a limited basis but is now assisting other Eastern breeders in reversing this trend. As for other indigo breeders out there. DON'T BELIEVE ANYONE WHEN THEY TELL YOU THEIR STOCK IS BETTER THAN OTHERS!@@!#! Most of the stock out there in this country are at least partially related. Some were even purposely inbred for generations to intensify colors (ie. red throats). Before you obtain an Indigo I would certainly ask them for lineages. If they can't provide 2-3 generations of lineage, I'd seriously reconsider obtaining stock from them. Also follow the physical cues above (ventral scalation etc...). After researching the lineages of Easterns for the past two years, I can count LESS THAN 10 legal founding lines in the past two decades.


   

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