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    What is the best ball python egg incubator for the best price?

    I want to know what the best egg incubator is for the best price. I am forming a price list to present to my parents to ask for another snake to start on the track of breeding these adorable creatures and I need to know what the best value is for an incubator. I am starting small (two females to be precise) so it doesn't have to have a very large capacity. So far it seems to me that I will not have eggs for about three years so it isn't a pressing matter. I know, as I am young, people will have a suspicion in my abilities to handle this but I am doing a lot of research before I do anything that could end up harming a snake or something that will present issues in the future. I have seen a lot of tutorials on homemade incubators and I would like to hear from someone who knows what they are talking about on whether or not these are safe/efficient.

    I would also appreciate some advice on the good starter morphs. I currently have a female pastel and a male black pastel. I was looking at lessers as they are a good price and can make some really neat combinations with the snakes I already have.

    Thanks for any advice in advance and I hope you have a great day!
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    Re: What is the best ball python egg incubator for the best price?

    The best incubator for the best price is home made. People try to over complicate something as simple as a properly heat and humidity regulated box. But beyond that there is a lot more involved in decidi g to breed these animals. To you have an established market to buy the offspring? Do you have a fund for the potential vet bills possibly x10? Do you have it in you to cull deformed babies? Lots more to it besides asking your parents to buy a few more snakes and think of them as money makers to name a few.

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    Re: What is the best ball python egg incubator for the best price?

    Thanks for your response. I wasn't thinking of this as a money maker. I am only doing it as a hobby and because I really love these animals. And I would do what it takes to make sure that the snakes get whatever they need to have the best life, even if it means ending it. I had not previously come up with a solution for a way to sell the hatchlings so I will be thinking about that more as time goes on and I will not commit to anything without having an entire plan for what to do in any event.
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    Re: What is the best ball python egg incubator for the best price?

    I think it's the one you can re-purpose when not in use. Get a good quality thermostat (I like herpstat) and put your materials together in a way that conserves their integrity. For example, I only had one clutch which meant I could transfer over the heat mat and thermostat for use with my 5 hatching tubs. After they moved along some of the stuff is not in use, but it could be. I didn't know at first that the drain hole on a cooler could be unscrewed, but it can, so now if I wanted to I could re-screw in the drain and the hinges and have a like-new cooler except for a couple random small screws on the outside. P.s., I didn't use the recycled cpu fan so ignore that, and the accurite was replaced by a small zoomed 2 in 1 hygro/thermometer.

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    What is the best ball python egg incubator for the best price?

    I wouldnít recommend to get too concerned with breeding, until you have already been keeping multiple snakes for at least a year. This will allow you to learn a lot and gauge if you really want to have a whole bunch of snakes in your house to care for, feed piles of rats a week, clean them all, take to them to unexpected expensive vet visits, etc..
    Plus, even if you do breed, it will be a long time before the first clutch hatches, so you have plenty of time to research and can worry about buying an incubator down the road, in the future.

    I have been keeping balll pythons for over 2 years now. I have literally hundreds and hundreds of hours of research under my belt, Iím a 40 year old with my own financial resources, I have already spent well over $2000, in snakes, housing, and husbandry equipment. I have considerable experience in marketing, sales and business.
    ...Yet, I still havenít quite started breeding. Itís a big commitment, to which I am preparing carefully.



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    Re: What is the best ball python egg incubator for the best price?

    I just set up my c serpents incubator.


    You can make one but to answer your question I think c serpent incubators are good and price well maybe look around craigslist.
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    Re: What is the best ball python egg incubator for the best price?

    Thanks for all the replies! If I do end up getting another ball it is likely I will get a baby, so I won't be doing any breeding for about three years. And thank you for all the suggestions on the incubators!
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    Arrow Re: What is the best ball python egg incubator for the best price?

    Quote Originally Posted by Godzilla78 View Post
    I wouldnít recommend to get too concerned with breeding, until you have already been keeping multiple snakes for at least a year. This will allow you to learn a lot and gauge if you really want to have a whole bunch of snakes in your house to care for, feed piles of rats a week, clean them all, take to them to unexpected expensive vet visits, etc..
    Plus, even if you do breed, it will be a long time before the first clutch hatches, so you have plenty of time to research and can worry about buying an incubator down the road, in the future.

    I have been keeping balll pythons for over 2 years now. I have literally hundreds and hundreds of hours of research under my belt, Iím a 40 year old with my own financial resources, I have already spent well over $2000, in snakes, housing, and husbandry equipment. I have considerable experience in marketing, sales and business.
    ...Yet, I still havenít quite started breeding. Itís a big commitment, to which I am preparing carefully.



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    That is awesome response, i am even reconcidering my plan to breed this season too lol...

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    I would just like to say I appreciate everyoneís response to this and the maturity the OP showed.

    After having my sons snake for a couple of years and then getting my own, I look forward to this coming breeding season and appreciate everyoneís input on the matter from above. Iíve had to euthanize feeders, paid the vet a few times and have been incredibly envious of ALL of the hatchlings Iíve seen this year. I think I can handle a culled/deformed baby (or the kingsnake I get will after I may have to pith it), especially after dealing with cannibal ASF and the mean ass rat that bit me and a baby rats neck. Unfortunately none of my snakes ate the nearly dead pup so itís life was all but wasted.

    I am an entrepreneur at heart but currently work for the man (freelance consulting is a .....); it will remain so for the foreseeable future but my snakes make it worth it and hopefully their babies will too. Itís a game of uniqueness, reputability and hustle; I think I could ďhangĒ.

    Just thought this post was a good one is all.

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    As of June, 25th, 2018...
    1.0.0 - Albino Pastel Black Pastel Pinstripe ('18)
    1.0.0 - Albino Candy - Candino ('17)
    1.0.0 - Super Pastel Butter ('18)
    1.0.0 - Super Pastel Calico ('16)
    1.0.0 - Lesser Pastel ('16)
    1.0.0 - Black Pastel ('15) [on hold]
    0.1.0 - Lesser ('14)
    0.1.0 - Orange Dream Pastel Spider ('17)
    0.1.0 - Pied ('17)
    0.1.0 - Pastel Black Pastel Spider ('16)
    0.1.0 - Hypo Enchi Butter (Ď17)
    0.1.0 - Leopard (Ď17)
    0.2.0 - Dinker YB ('18)
    0.1.0 - Pinstripe Spider - Spinner ('18)
    0.1.0 - Fire YB Brownie ('18)
    0.1.0 - Columbian Red Tail Boa ('18)
    0.1.0 - Lemon Pastel ('15) [on hold]
    0.0.1 - Pinstripe Spider - Spinner ('17)
    0.0.1 - Wild Type ('16)
    0.0.1 - Yellow Belly (rescue) ('13)
    0.0.1 - Wild Type (rescue) ('?)
    0.0.1 - Milk Snake ('18)

    All to probe when I find the time.

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    What is the best ball python egg incubator for the best price?

    Furthermore, Iíve had to deal with rank stools, blood in stools and Butterball taking hits shots like a champ the last several days. Plus a PITA baby spinner who got me tonight while trying to get her out for a cleaning. First one to draw blood, but not the first strike she or a couple others have delivered.

    At this point, it feels like I am justifying things to myself but I really wanted this post to be a kudos to the OP and respondents. I hope to never have to deal with IBD or Crypto. RI, mouth rot or scale rot I can handle but donít want to ever encounter it either.


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    As of June, 25th, 2018...
    1.0.0 - Albino Pastel Black Pastel Pinstripe ('18)
    1.0.0 - Albino Candy - Candino ('17)
    1.0.0 - Super Pastel Butter ('18)
    1.0.0 - Super Pastel Calico ('16)
    1.0.0 - Lesser Pastel ('16)
    1.0.0 - Black Pastel ('15) [on hold]
    0.1.0 - Lesser ('14)
    0.1.0 - Orange Dream Pastel Spider ('17)
    0.1.0 - Pied ('17)
    0.1.0 - Pastel Black Pastel Spider ('16)
    0.1.0 - Hypo Enchi Butter (Ď17)
    0.1.0 - Leopard (Ď17)
    0.2.0 - Dinker YB ('18)
    0.1.0 - Pinstripe Spider - Spinner ('18)
    0.1.0 - Fire YB Brownie ('18)
    0.1.0 - Columbian Red Tail Boa ('18)
    0.1.0 - Lemon Pastel ('15) [on hold]
    0.0.1 - Pinstripe Spider - Spinner ('17)
    0.0.1 - Wild Type ('16)
    0.0.1 - Yellow Belly (rescue) ('13)
    0.0.1 - Wild Type (rescue) ('?)
    0.0.1 - Milk Snake ('18)

    All to probe when I find the time.

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