It is indeed important that your Corn Snake should come from a reputable local breeder. These breeders must be knowledgeable about the breeds they raise and they have to know about the relevant genetics. They have to take note that the primary reason for breeding a snake is for health and appearance comes in secondary only. Some breeders are very much concerned about appearance, of course, including colors and markings, but the most elegant Corn Snake is no good if it’s not healthy.
It is preferred to deal with small breeders because they’re more knowledgeable about the Corn Snakes, they’re selling and producing. They can teach you the complete set-ups and inform you about your species’ temperaments, preferred cages and other details you need to know.…Breeders tend to know a lot about the species they breed, so they often can supply more information than a typical pet store clerk. You can make a list of the breeders who specialize in Corn Snakes. This is becoming easier to do with the help of the internet.
A bit of Google search magic can help you find these people. Other places to look for breeders are the Corn Snake breeder directory and the fauna classifieds websites. Also, you can look for online communities that specialize in Corn Snakes and you’ll often find that those forums have a place for people to list either businesses or individual snakes for sale. Also, the website pet-snakes.com has a list of breeders in our snakes by state section.
If you are still having some problems in finding a breeder, you may want to try contacting another breeder and asking them if they can recommend anyone to you. The reptile community group is a tight knit group and it’s very common for people to recommend one another even if competition exists between the parties.
Next thing to do after making a list is contacting the breeders and start talking specifics. Get a feel for what they know about their Corn Snakes. There are some places that appear to be breeder but they are not. They may work directly with importers who provide them the animals instead of producing them in their own. There is a great chance that they might not have any information about the Corn Snakes that they are selling.
Be sure not to waste their times because they have business to run just like anyone else. It is recommended to ask relevant questions about their breeding practices. This is a relevant exercise for a few reasons:
- It will tell you who you are doing business with
A good breeder who is passionate about the animals that they breed will want to talk to you about them. They will not hesitate to answer your questions and at the same time ask questions of their own. If a breeder doesn’t bother to answer all of your questions in order to get you to spend money with them do you think they will be responsive after the sale?
- It establishes a relationship between yourself and the breeder:
If you’re going to spend hundreds of dollars with someone who you only know online, wouldn’t you like them to know as much about you in regards to the snakes you will buy from them as possible? It sure does, and almost everyone else does as well. That is why it is very important to establish a relationship with the breeder.
- Sometimes you’ll find a better deal:
You must not be limited to Corn Snakes listed on a breeders’ website. You may need to ask the breeder if they had any other Corn Snakes other than what was listed. Those three reasons alone are sure enough to convince you that opening a dialogue between you and the snake breeder is not only a good idea, but a prudent one too.
In choosing the right breeder, you must pick the one you are most comfortable with. Your decision on which breeders you will be most comfortable buying a Corn Snake from must be based on your research and communications. You may have a list of three or four. One is going to be the primary and the others will be “just in case”. At this point, you may ask for references and sometimes, it may be good to wait. Why? Because one might be selling what they have bred for the first time and has no references at that point although they are a really good and honorable person.