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Posted by M n R-Reptile on April 26, 2003 at 20:46:51:
In Reply to: Poll Question: Full ban on reptile importation? Yay/Nay? posted by diseasedstran on April 24, 2003 at 17:09:33:
Nobody has imported or will import over 2,000 balls at one time this year except L.A. REPTILE who got in 5,000 at once of the first hatch and sold them all within the day.
No one has the resources especially most of the people on the classifieds. The most I have ever gotten at a time was 600 and that was alot of snakes! Most people selling those huge lots on kingsnake are one of two things:
1)trying to look big by posting so many they are supposedly getting, or brokering ball pythons from several different dealers
2)trying to scam people like a fake company did last year.
main reason those numbers wont show up at once at one persons place: PERMITS
The exporting countries hand out quotas....the quotas never exceed 2,000 balls. Most quotas are in the 600-1,400#hd range.
The quotas are set for how many possible snakes a certain exporter can produce. If he produces more they have to hold them till the gov comes down sees the rest and starts the issuance of a new quota, while during that time they already sent out the balls that hatched so far thus fulfilling the original quota, Hope i didnt lose you there.
There was only one time I can recall someone importing over 5,000 balls at one time and that was strictly reptiles when they imported about 9,000-12,000 which where sold to gourmet rodent which sets them up INDIVIDUALLY and feed them so they have baby balls in stock all year. They sell these baby balls to PETCO.
I highly doubt it will happen this year though.