Comments for East Coast Reptile Breeders http://ballpythonbreeder.com Ball Python Morphs by Colin Weaver Thu, 09 Apr 2015 22:37:51 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Comment on A Continued Analysis of Ball Python Investment by Scott http://ballpythonbreeder.com/2011/03/a-continued-analysis-of-ball-python-investment/comment-page-1/#comment-1730 Tue, 10 Mar 2015 00:57:17 +0000 http://ballpythonbreeder.com/?p=3089#comment-1730 Markets can generate negative returns also.

All businesses have the prospect of failing. All need a plan, a shrewd head for where to manage costs and growth. I’d love to see your analysis assuming industry standard caging, real rodent prices, supplemented self bred prices, smart hide solutions etc.

When I was into snakes before (I have none now) I kept them on news paper. I keep my daughters rabbit and Guinean pig on shredded statements (dig through that I’d thieves!) and free news paper. The lived beyond average lives. Reptiles may be different, but the point is there are solutions.

Can your process be made more LEAN? Are you using net present value calculations for all equipment purchases? Are you considering energy costs in the equipment designs selected? Are you optimizing your inventory? Are you building partnerships to share trade show expenses?
Are you maximizing social media networks? Web sites for example are a lot less expensive than they used to be. I have a profitable hobby business with no actual website. I took it down because it was the least of my sales source. I may put one back up under the ultra cheap type. In fact Google stared a new free web site service ( pain to interface with).

Finally, why ball pythons? What about something with a similar to greater value but that lays greater clutches?

I met a man that did around 100k a year in king snakes ( grey bands). He specialized. He also kejpt an eye out for deals. Buy animals at fire sale prices from the washouts, or just resell them.

I’ve seen bakeries fail, butchers fail, sign shops fail, mechanics fail, hunting/ fishing guides fail….. And yet all have the other extreme also.

Build a plan, work the numbers first, and stick to the plan. I don’t see how snakes differs from any other business?

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Comment on A Continued Analysis of Ball Python Investment by Scott http://ballpythonbreeder.com/2011/03/a-continued-analysis-of-ball-python-investment/comment-page-1/#comment-1729 Tue, 10 Mar 2015 00:56:50 +0000 http://ballpythonbreeder.com/?p=3089#comment-1729 Markets can generate negative returns also.

All businesses have the prospect of failing. All need a plan, a shrewd head for where to manage costs and growth. I’d love to see your analysis assuming industry standard caging, real rodent prices, supplemented self bred prices, smart hide solutions etc.

When I was into snakes before (I have none now) I kept them on news paper. I keep my daughters rabbit and Guinean pig on shredded statements (dig through that I’d thieves!) and free news paper. The lived beyond average lives. Reptiles may be different, but the point is there are solutions.

Can your process be made more LEAN? Are you using net present value calculations for all equipment purchases? Are you considering energy costs in the equipment designs selected? Are you optimizing your inventory? Are you building partnerships to share trade show expenses?
Are you maximizing social media networks? Web sites for example are a lot less expensive than they used to be. I have a profitable hobby business with no actual website. I took it down because it was the least of my sales source. I may put one back up under the ultra cheap type. In fact Google stared a new free web site service ( pain to interface with).

Finally, why ball pythons? What about something with a similar to greater value but that lays greater clutches?

I met a man that did around 100k a year in king snakes ( grey bands). He specialized. He also kept an eye out for deals. Buy animals at fire sale prices from the washouts, or just resell them.

I’ve seen bakeries fail, butchers fail, sign shops fail, mechanics fail, hunting/ fishing guides fail….. And yet all have the other extreme also.

Build a plan, work the numbers first, and stick to the plan. I don’t see how snakes differs from any other business?

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Comment on On the Economic Viability of Ball Python Breeding by Scott http://ballpythonbreeder.com/2010/04/on-the-economic-viability-of-ball-python-breeding/comment-page-1/#comment-1728 Mon, 09 Mar 2015 01:07:29 +0000 http://ballpythonbreeder.com/?p=2203#comment-1728 This is fascinating.

When younger I wanted a reptile business. Now 20′ years later, a business and economics degree later plus certification in lean sigma and I’m revisiting the idea.

All cottage businesses will deal with the weekend warrior that doesn’t value their time or recognize that they are bleeding to death.

I’d love to take a close DMAIC. At a breeder. Possibly as a quality improvement consultant.

This time around I’m less interested inbreeding what I like verses what is viable. With all the new morphs, I. Not certain its a market I could oe should touch.

What about other species that have much larger clutches? That could tip things significantly.

That said I met a man that did $100ka year from his home in snakes. But he was also a curator of reptiles I his day job.

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Comment on What Can Phil Zimmerman Teach The Reptile Community? by Dirk http://ballpythonbreeder.com/2009/04/what-can-phil-zimmerman-teach-the-reptile-community/comment-page-1/#comment-1668 Mon, 05 Jan 2015 23:28:09 +0000 http://ballpythonbreeder.com/?p=591#comment-1668 Give designer balls to pop-idols, sport stars, Hollywood celebrities etc. as pets.
Few people can say no to an expensive free gift.
When they speak of their pet snake and appear in public with it, their scheeple followers will imitate them.

If only 10% of the target group accept the pet snake and come out publicly in support of snake ownership, it will result in 10’s of thousands of new enthusiasts overnight. Having a pet snake will go mainstream and be the new in thing.

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Comment on The Enigmatic Ball Python Appetite by Randy Klock http://ballpythonbreeder.com/2014/08/the-enigmatic-ball-python-appetite/comment-page-1/#comment-1655 Wed, 24 Dec 2014 23:10:48 +0000 http://ballpythonbreeder.com/?p=10026#comment-1655 What a great article. As a lover of ball pythons and an owner of a 14 year old large male it is comforting to know that I am not alone in my frustration when he goes off feed. My other balls have not had many if any problems with feeding but they are younger than him also. Some as young as this years babies up to 5 year old male. I would love to get into breeding them since I have gotten females now also. Reading these articles and books are a great information source as are other owners and breeders. Thanks again for the informative article. I have a lot of reading to do…..

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Comment on Sweet Deals On Other People’s Problems by Emily http://ballpythonbreeder.com/2009/12/sweet-deals-on-other-peoples-problems/comment-page-1/#comment-1645 Wed, 03 Dec 2014 17:34:41 +0000 http://ballpythonbreeder.com/?p=1607#comment-1645 Thanks for the great article, or articles I should say. I am new to snakes, and decided to get some Ball Pythons. I have five snakes, and already have been burned once and am wondering about the true genetics of another. Boy, you learn fast in this game.

Anyway, I just wanted to say your website is extremely informative and clear cut. It all makes a lot of sense to me and you’ve given me some clarity about which way I should go with my collection/breeding program.

Thank you!

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Comment on Let the UK Be a Lesson by James Barber http://ballpythonbreeder.com/2011/11/let-the-uk-be-a-lesson/comment-page-1/#comment-1610 Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:40:34 +0000 http://ballpythonbreeder.com/?p=3900#comment-1610 The problem is not being able to prove who the irresponsible owners are without say micro chipping animals and registering the animal to the owner. Then say Tommy’s anaconda is loose eating the neighborhood cats Tommy now has some answering to do, and Tommy can now be held accountable for his actions. If Tommy wanted to sell his anaconda he would have to transfer ownership of the animal. It cost 10 to run a background check in Florida to verify I can legally own the firearm Im there to purchase. If there where a way to put something like this into effect then the only person they would have the right to address would be the irresponsible owners. I believe you should be able to protect your self and your family by any means necessary, I believe we should be able to choose the pet of our choice and I believe that the people who are irresponsible should be held accountable for their actions, and I also believe that if there was a system such as chipping and registering the animals then there would be a lot less irresponsible owners knowing they could be held accountable for their actions. There is a extreme amount of money in the reptile trade with some snakes selling for as much as 20,000.

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Comment on The Enigmatic Ball Python Appetite by Colin Weaver http://ballpythonbreeder.com/2014/08/the-enigmatic-ball-python-appetite/comment-page-1/#comment-1579 Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:50:33 +0000 http://ballpythonbreeder.com/?p=10026#comment-1579 Pippit, From your comment I assume you are feeding f/t. Rather than dangling the rodent you might try just laying it in the tub and leaving the room (and turning off the lights). Warmth can also be an issue. The rodent should not be too hot in your hand. If the rodent is hot in your hand then it is too hot. The rodent should feel fairly neutral in your hand (not cold, not hot). If the rodent is too hot it most likely ‘looks’ very odd to an animal that can see heat. That’s likely to be a turnoff.

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Comment on The Enigmatic Ball Python Appetite by Pippit Carlington http://ballpythonbreeder.com/2014/08/the-enigmatic-ball-python-appetite/comment-page-1/#comment-1578 Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:13:29 +0000 http://ballpythonbreeder.com/?p=10026#comment-1578 This is one of the best, most in-depth articles I’ve ever read on this subject!

I was wondering if you can answer a question for me. I have a 2 year old female that was eating 3 rat pups twice a week and growing quickly but over the summer started being an erratic eater. She just went back on some feed over the past 3 or 4 weeks but is back down to about 1 rat pup per week. She will even show signs that she’s hungry like coming up to the top of the cage, pacing, and pointing her nose up when I come into the room, but then often when I dangle the rat in front of her she looks interested but behaves very tentatively, flicking her tongue at it and then looking above the rat as if to investigate where it’s coming from. Then she backs away or loses interest in it.

Do you know what this behavior means, and if she is hungry to begin with why she’s reluctant to strike at the prey once she checks it out? It seems plenty warm.

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Comment on The Enigmatic Ball Python Appetite by Adam Chandler http://ballpythonbreeder.com/2014/08/the-enigmatic-ball-python-appetite/comment-page-1/#comment-1560 Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:40:42 +0000 http://ballpythonbreeder.com/?p=10026#comment-1560 Excellent article, Colin. I’ve found as well that an ARS tub can make a big difference in making a Ball Python feel secure. Just recently I had an adult Black Pastel female on a 6 month feeding hiatus that was housed in a translucent CB-70 rack tub. Fresh bedding, difference type/sizes of prey, nothing worked. Within 3 days of moving her into a solid gray ARS 7030 tub she took a rat literally out of my hand when I opened her tub and has been aggressively eating since.

Anyway, thank you for sharing such a thorough and well written article.

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