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RE: Easterns in zoos

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Posted by: Carmichael at Sun Dec 30 15:33:33 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Carmichael ]  
   

As someone who is in the zoo industry, I can tell you that the initial post claiming he or she can get indigos from zoos is full of BS. And if they are selling them, it wouldn't be to the private sector unless there was some under the table stuff going on. I'd stay clear of it. For the record, I agree too about the price. There's nothing wrong with charging $1K for a snake that will be around for a very long time.

Rob Carmichael, Curator
The Wildlife Discovery Center

>>It is interesting that people will try to save a few hundred bucks for a snake they will have to feed and house for 20 years (and we know how much they eat!). I have been watching the snake market for years - well before the internet. The average cost of very few snakes has held up over the past several years, but indigos are one of the few. Fifteen years ago a pair of womas cost around $4,000; now you can buy a pair for $500. Eastern indigos cost around $500 a pair fifteen years ago. Now a pair is around $1,800 to $2,000. Interesting.
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Rob Carmichael, Curator
The Wildlife Discovery Center at Elawa Farm
Lake Forest, IL


   

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