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    Craigslist snakes?

    I tried searching the forums, but couldn't find anything addressing my exact question (at least not without scanning thousands of threads!). I'm looking to get another BP, and will hopefully find something at the upcoming herp show in Daly City... but in the meantime I've been perusing the online classifieds, including Craigslist. I know sites like kingsnake have more "real" breeders, but I would prefer to deal locally - so I can meet the snake before committing to anything.

    So my question is, can you actually get a good snake on CL? What should I ask, look for, offer, etc? I've seen a few really nice ones on there for very cheap, and would like to possibly check them out. I emailed one guy with a pastel and asked for pictures, what he was eating, if he had a tank, and that was it. I thought later that I should have also asked why he was selling the snake, where it originally came from, and what it currently weighs. Anything else I'm forgetting? And how can I be sure I'm not getting a snake with issues? As for dealing with CL people in general, I have a lot of experience with that... so don't worry, I'm not going to get scammed! Here are a few examples of ads I've seen locally, and I'd appreciate any advice/input from you all.

    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/pet/1156523123.html
    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/pet/1154936993.html (here's the pastel I emailed about - is it really a pastel??)
    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/scz/pet/1153680118.html
    http://fresno.craigslist.org/pet/1155166595.html
    http://reno.craigslist.org/pet/1132543363.html
    Lolo's Collection...
    Ball Pythons: 0.5 Normals, 1.0 Pastel, 1.1 Mojaves, 1.0 Black Pastel, 2.1 Spiders, 0.1 Lesser, 1.0 Orange Ghost, 0.1 Honeybee
    0.1 Spotted Python, 1.1 Stimson's Pythons, 1.0 Jungle Carpet Python
    3.4 Corn Snakes, 0.1 Western Hognose, 1.2 cats, and 1.0 dog (46lb mutt)

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    Re: Craigslist snakes?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lolo76 View Post
    I tried searching the forums, but couldn't find anything addressing my exact question (at least not without scanning thousands of threads!). I'm looking to get another BP, and will hopefully find something at the upcoming herp show in Daly City... but in the meantime I've been perusing the online classifieds, including Craigslist. I know sites like kingsnake have more "real" breeders, but I would prefer to deal locally - so I can meet the snake before committing to anything.

    So my question is, can you actually get a good snake on CL? What should I ask, look for, offer, etc? I've seen a few really nice ones on there for very cheap, and would like to possibly check them out. I emailed one guy with a pastel and asked for pictures, what he was eating, if he had a tank, and that was it. I thought later that I should have also asked why he was selling the snake, where it originally came from, and what it currently weighs. Anything else I'm forgetting? And how can I be sure I'm not getting a snake with issues? As for dealing with CL people in general, I have a lot of experience with that... so don't worry, I'm not going to get scammed! Here are a few examples of ads I've seen locally, and I'd appreciate any advice/input from you all.

    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/pet/1156523123.html
    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/pet/1154936993.html (here's the pastel I emailed about - is it really a pastel??)
    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/scz/pet/1153680118.html
    http://fresno.craigslist.org/pet/1155166595.html
    http://reno.craigslist.org/pet/1132543363.html
    I'm from the Bay area and if your looking for another ball python. There is going to be a reptile show at the cow palace on the 16th and 17th. You should be able to find a good deal there.
    Ball Pythons, All male:
    Normal, Albino, Spider, Pinstripe, Mojave, Pastel, Orange Ghost, Lesser Platinum, Bumbleebee
    Other Snakes:
    2 Green Tree Pythons, 1 Brazilian Rainbow Boa, 1 Jungle Carpet Python
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    Re: Craigslist snakes?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lolo76 View Post
    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/pet/1154936993.html (here's the pastel I emailed about - is it really a pastel??)
    Bad pictures - but it looks like a normal ball to me.

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    Re: Craigslist snakes?

    -cough- stay away from the Fresno het pied. Look up Phil Hoerner's reputation. ALWAYS look up a seller's reputation.
    Magickal Morphs

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    Re: Craigslist snakes?

    Whoops!!! You already knew about the Daly City Show. I should have read the entire post Anyways, I would wait for the show and skip the craigslist ads. I'm sure you'll be able to find whatever you are looking for at the show.
    Ball Pythons, All male:
    Normal, Albino, Spider, Pinstripe, Mojave, Pastel, Orange Ghost, Lesser Platinum, Bumbleebee
    Other Snakes:
    2 Green Tree Pythons, 1 Brazilian Rainbow Boa, 1 Jungle Carpet Python
    Reptiles:
    2 Northern Blacknobb sawbacks, 1 Crested Gecko, 1 Bearded Dragon, 1 Dalmatian Hermann Tortoise

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    Re: Craigslist snakes?

    the East Bay Vivarium usually has a good number of balls you could always check there to see if they have any that catch your eye

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    Re: Craigslist snakes?

    Quote Originally Posted by JT20 View Post
    the East Bay Vivarium usually has a good number of balls you could always check there to see if they have any that catch your eye
    That's where I got my current normal BP, Delilah... they are terrific, but have a limited (and expensive) stock on morphs. If I don't find anything at the show, though, I'll probably end up going through them again.
    Lolo's Collection...
    Ball Pythons: 0.5 Normals, 1.0 Pastel, 1.1 Mojaves, 1.0 Black Pastel, 2.1 Spiders, 0.1 Lesser, 1.0 Orange Ghost, 0.1 Honeybee
    0.1 Spotted Python, 1.1 Stimson's Pythons, 1.0 Jungle Carpet Python
    3.4 Corn Snakes, 0.1 Western Hognose, 1.2 cats, and 1.0 dog (46lb mutt)

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    Re: Craigslist snakes?

    Quote Originally Posted by thefnshow66 View Post
    Whoops!!! You already knew about the Daly City Show. I should have read the entire post Anyways, I would wait for the show and skip the craigslist ads. I'm sure you'll be able to find whatever you are looking for at the show.
    Yeah, that was my original plan! Just thought I'd look around online too, so I have something to compare at the show... are the prices at reptile shows better than average?
    Lolo's Collection...
    Ball Pythons: 0.5 Normals, 1.0 Pastel, 1.1 Mojaves, 1.0 Black Pastel, 2.1 Spiders, 0.1 Lesser, 1.0 Orange Ghost, 0.1 Honeybee
    0.1 Spotted Python, 1.1 Stimson's Pythons, 1.0 Jungle Carpet Python
    3.4 Corn Snakes, 0.1 Western Hognose, 1.2 cats, and 1.0 dog (46lb mutt)

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    Re: Craigslist snakes?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shadera View Post
    -cough- stay away from the Fresno het pied. Look up Phil Hoerner's reputation. ALWAYS look up a seller's reputation.
    I hadn't researched anyone yet, but thanks for the heads-up!
    Lolo's Collection...
    Ball Pythons: 0.5 Normals, 1.0 Pastel, 1.1 Mojaves, 1.0 Black Pastel, 2.1 Spiders, 0.1 Lesser, 1.0 Orange Ghost, 0.1 Honeybee
    0.1 Spotted Python, 1.1 Stimson's Pythons, 1.0 Jungle Carpet Python
    3.4 Corn Snakes, 0.1 Western Hognose, 1.2 cats, and 1.0 dog (46lb mutt)

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    Re: Craigslist snakes?

    you may want to just do research now and wait a couple months till more 09 babies are hatched and feeding, you will have a better selection of morphs then.

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