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Posted by tango on April 21, 2003 at 12:38:29:
In Reply to: A ? about breeding burms and why everyone is so >>>>more posted by highlander1 on April 20, 2003 at 15:45:20:
My albino patternless "O" just laid a clutch of eggs April 12. They were fathered by my possible quad het, Skyzer. O is incubating them herself. If they hatch, I plan to screen buyers and price them high enough to avoid whim purchases. They will all be sold with a "right of first refusal" clause and whoever does not sell will stay with me. I live in south central Florida on acreage in the sticks and breed my own feeders- I even raise pigs. I can keep them all if I had to. I've had an on again - off again dilemma about breeding my Burms but I concluded this: my pair is extremely docile and healthy. I've had them since they were babies- they are unrelated. They are beautiful animals outwardly and a pleasure to keep. If people who are conscientious do not breed their desirable Burms what will remain? While there are many high end breeders that are in this for the business side of it, I also think small hobbyists like me with a sincere dedication to their animals have a place in this world. A problem I see increasing are "middlemen" the ads read "sell me all your hatchlings." That attitude that is out only to make a buck is a serious problem that affects all areas of our hobby and many other areas in our society. I don't support shows and don't sell wholesale- I do not sell to minors. I also run a Burmese rescue network. At one point I decided that I would breed them because they are beautiful, tractable, and healthy- even if I have to house them all myself.
it just the "normal" and 'Albino" burms that people dont want to get bred?I know there seems to be alot of them showing up in rescues and everything but telling people to stop breeding them isnt going to help.If thats the case you might as well tell all these major breeders that breed the morphs of burms to quit breeding them altogether.They would laugh at you in a heartbeat.Its their livelihood to breed these snakes just like its everybody elses to breed boas,anacondas,retics (here lately alot of retics),carpets,bloods,etc.You wouldnt tell them to quit breeding them beautiful animals so why stop breeding burms?
: The only way concievable to fix the problem isnt to stop breeding but to do some kind of system to regulate who gets them.Not everyone deserves a burm and not everyone deserves animals period but they get them and will keep getting them until we as herpers figure out some way of making it nearly impossible for every tom,dick,or harry to get one.I have 4 burms and 2 retics and wouldnt trade them or give them up for the world.On the downside most people dont think like me and its sad to see all these majestic animals getting the shaft. Regards Bill McLeod