Jaguar Python
April 7, 2004 3:09 PM   Subscribe

Piebald Ball Pythons, from Jaguar Python.
posted by hama7 (7 comments total)
[link from Goodshit]
posted by hama7 at 3:10 PM on April 7, 2004

Very cool. "One of the best investments you can do today?" Probably not. But very cool.
posted by LittleMissCranky at 3:17 PM on April 7, 2004

I've got a gigantic snake-phobia and even I have to admit that these are very cool looking snakes.
posted by BurnedEve at 3:19 PM on April 7, 2004

I love snakes (the pet I mention in my profile was a snake), and these are the coolest snakes, no, animals I have ever seen. Great link.
posted by loquax at 3:22 PM on April 7, 2004

Amazing. I had no idea that "piebald" snakes existed.
posted by davidmsc at 3:57 PM on April 7, 2004

posted by onhazier at 5:28 PM on April 7, 2004

Good heavens, I actually know something about this.

I've been breeding snakes for a few years, though nothing so outrageously expensive, and I actually know people who are working with piebald ball pythons.

The problem with high-end snakes that are essentially rare mutations of species that are frequently kept and easily bred is that their "investment" value is overstated. Whenever something new hits the market -- whether it's albino Burmese or ball pythons, leucistic leopard geckos ("blizzard lizards"), or any one of the 40+ varieties of corn snake that have hit the market over the past two decades -- it's insanely expensive, but is bred down to prices fairly close to the normal form within a few generations.

That breeding pair bought for $5,000 apiece? By the time you get them to breeding age the offspring will sell for $2,500 if you're lucky. And so it will go, with prices dropping as more and more people get into breeding them, hoping to score big profits. Albino Burmese pythons are now practically the same price as their normal cousins -- something I kept in mind when I saw, five years ago, an albino green anaconda auctioned for $60,000 and up, or the albino reticulated python that reportedly sold for $70,000.
posted by mcwetboy at 5:49 PM on April 7, 2004

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