Hello, my few faithful followers! Alright so, I know that there are many places to buy snakes from, but where are the best places? Well, your first option should always be a reptile show. No matter what state you are in, there is bound to be a reptile expo nearby sooner or later. Why here? Well, for one, most people who are selling at these expos are excellent breeders and handlers, and won't screw you over. Also, they are some of the most knowledgeable people that you can find. Plus, you can find the snake you want for a much cheaper price if you buy straight from the dealer. For example, a healthy pastel ball usually costs around $150, but at an expo, you can get it for half price. At these expos you can also get everything you need to keep a snake, such as bedding, the tank, even mice to feed or breed for it. If you cannot get to an expo, your next bet is to go to the local pet store. Never go to Petsmart. I know it's convenient, but the snakes are never taken care of the way they should be. My friend bought two snakes from there. Both snakes died within three weeks from an Upper Respitory Infection. If you have to go to a petstore, ask questions to the owner to see if they actually know how to take care of one. If they don't have a clue, then don't buy. Your next bet would be online, but this is definitely a desperate last option. Never go to craiglist.com or anywhere like that, because you never know what you get. Instead, go to BHBEnterprises.com or kingsnake.com as these are the top places to buy from. If you choose to buy this way, be aware that you will be paying nearly twice as much as you should, because snakes have to be shipped overnight, and there is a lot of paperwork involved.
So, in general, always buy at an expo. If you can't get to one just yet, sometimes it's best to wait until you can.