We at Sinister Serpents Exotics are very happy to give our customers the ability to buy snakes online through our website with safe and affordable, super fast overnight shipping - nationwide. We are currently working with seven different beautiful species and sub-species of captive-bred exotic snakes. The species we are currently working with includes Boa Constrictors, Ball Pythons, Blood Pythons, Sumatran Short Tail Pythons, Borneo Short Tail Pythons, Woma Pythons and Super Dwarf Reticulated Pythons. In addition to the many exciting morphs we will be producing from each of these species, we will also be producing some very selective, world's first strains of Python hybrids, including Superballs (Blood Python x Ball Python) and Walls (Woma Python x Ball Python).
Our customers will always have peace of mind in knowing that when they buy our snakes for sale online, they will receive only high quality, healthy snakes that are professionally packaged, shipped and delivered overnight to their doorstep with our 100% Arrive Alive Guarantee! Our customers can also rest assured knowing that our snake's genetics, lineages and percentages have been carefully identified and documented and are exactly as advertised. Before we place our snakes for sale online it is important to us that we spend time handling each snake on an individual basis to start acclimating them to human interaction and making sure that they have eaten at least a few times without any problems after their first shed. When customers buy snakes online through our website every snake will be shipped with a birth certificate, a unique identification number and full lineage disclosure along with parental sizes and photos to keep for their records.
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Our breeding season is underway and we are anticipating our first Ball Python hatchlings somewhere between early and mid 2018. Be sure to check out our Ball Pythons page, as well as our pages for all of the other species we are currently working with for information and updates about everything else we will be having become available as our breeding projects progress.
We are very excited about all of our current and upcoming breeding projects. We have a great variety of gorgeous species in our collection and we look forward to producing some amazing snakes to make available to our fellow snake lovers. We hope you will keep us in mind and check back often.
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ARE YOU A FIRST TIME SNAKE BUYER?
If you have never cared for a pet snake of your own and you are trying to decide if a snake would be the right pet for you, we highly recommend reading our basic guide before you decide to buy a snake. Simply put, there are many species of snakes that make amazing pets! It's pretty safe to say that most snake owners find them to be captivating, mesmerizing, fascinating and even therapeutic creatures to spend time with. The best part is, most species can potentially live for up to 20 - 30 or more years with proper care!
Research Before You Buy A Snake
Once you have decided to buy a snake your first step should be to do extensive research on each of the species that you are most interested in. We recommend firstly deciding how large of a full grown adult snake you would feel comfortable handling. You should then research the average size ranges for both males and females for all of the species you are most interested in. Most importantly, you should research all of the husbandry requirements for each of the species.
General Snake Husbandry - Prepare Before You Buy A Snake
We provide specific care information for each of species of snakes for sale on their corresponding pages of our website. Most of the species we work with each have slightly different housing, feeding, temperature and humidity needs, which should be the very most important part of your research. We highly recommend reading the information we provide for each species to help you decide which snake will be best for you. Before you buy a snake you should already have everything setup and ready for it's arrival before you place your order. You will need an appropriate size enclosure, proper lighting and/or heat pad and most importantly a good quality thermostat to accurately control the temperature consistantly. We also highly recommend having a digital laser thermometer to get the most accurate surface temperatures throughout the enclosure, as well as a thermometer/hygrometer, which will stay in the enclosure to monitor the ambient temperature and humidity. Maintaining proper temperatures and humidity levels is the most important factor for keeping snakes healthy. It is vital for proper digestion and shedding and preventing respiratory infections. For most of the species we work with, fish aquariums are strongly advised against, because they do not hold humidity well. Substrate is a topic of great debate in the snake community. We highly recommend newspaper or paper towels over any of the substrates. We feel that it's much more sanitary and it eliminates the inevitability of snakes swallowing substrate during feedings and potentially developing serious digestive problems.
Attention And Enrichment
Even far more so than cats, snakes are actually very independant and really don't require a whole lot of attention. Though, we very much believe in spending some time holding them and letting them stretch out and get exercise at least a couple times per week. This also keeps them used to being handled and helps maintain the trust that has been established. We always try to take each of our snakes out for at least 10 minutes or so every day or sometimes every other day. If we only had one or two pet snakes we would definitely love to have them out a lot more! We shouldn't fail to mentions that it is recommended to not hold snakes for at least 24 hours after it has eaten. This avoids the possibility of regurgitation by giving the snake's digestive system time to digest its prey. Whether snakes actually enjoy being held or they just simply tolerate it or if they would rather just be left alone is a topic of great debate within the reptile community. However, our own experience with all of the species we work with has shown us that most of our snakes demonstrate behaviours, which lead us to believe they enjoy it most of the time.
Why Buy Snakes Online Directly From Breeders VS Local Pet Shops?
There are many reasons why it is a much better idea to buy snakes online directly from experienced breeders than pet stores. There have been countless reports of emaciated snakes for sale in major pet store chains, as well as "Mom and Pop" pet shops. In many cases, the sales associates you will find working in major pet store chains have extremely limited knowledge or experience working with snakes. In most cases, pet shops aren't even able to properly sex the snakes for sale in their stores, so buyers won't even know if they are buying a male or female. Additionally, when you buy a snake at a pet shop, most of them will not be able to provide accurate genetic, lineage or parental information or even a date of birth. This is all basic, yet very important information that should always be provided when you buy a snake. Simply put, pet stores buy leftover snakes at wholesale prices from breeders then mark them up and they know very little about them. Their only concern is selling the snakes at a huge profit. When you buy snakes online directly from breeders, even the smallest of hobbyist snake breeders understand the importanceof keeping detailed documentation of all the above information for their snakes for sale and take great pride in doing so. That is the very basics of what we do.
Why Buy Snakes From Smaller Breeders VS Major Breeders?
First and foremost, in no way do we mean any disrespect whatsoever to any of the other larger, well known snake breeders in the community with snakes for sale online. In fact, we have nothing but the utmost respect for them. Some of them are the true innovators and forefathers of snake breeding, who have discovered some of the coolest genetic mutations in the world! However, there are some things we feel that people, who are looking to buy snakes for sale online should be aware of. Firstly, a lot of the bigger, well known breeders are mass producing snakes. Some of them have hundreds and even thousands of snakes to care for at any given time. There are a lot of potential problems that come with keeping that many snakes. For example; some of the most well known breeders with snakes for sale online are known to have mite infestations in their collections. If you buy a snake with mites it is treatable, but if you have other snakes the mites can very quickly infest your entire collection. The obvious underlying problem with keeping such large numbers of snakes is that it is simply impossible to give each snake the proper amount of care, time and handling they should have before they are sold. One last problem we will mention is the lack of personal customer service. Try to communicate with some of the well known breeders directly or even just email them through their websites. Quite a few times we have done so and we couldn't believe how common it is for some of them to never answer their phones, return phone calls or even respond to an email with basic questions about the snakes for sale on their websites. When you buy a snake from smaller breeders every snake and every sale is much more personal to them. So, in most cases, you will have much better direct communication, much higher quality customer service and the snakes will have had much more care, time and handling put into them. For many of us smaller breeders, it will take years for us to even reach the point of being able to begin profiting enough from putting our snakes for sale online to cover our costs of caring for of our animals. Once again, we mean no disrespect, but please be aware that "big name brands" + "big name" prices definitely do not equal the highest quality in this industry.