Hello all,
My son wants a snake so he saved his christmas money. We have a nice set up and can give excellent care.

I prefer not to have it shipped and I am looking for a snake in the local area. I want a nice specimen and would like it to be a good eater, any size/age snake is good.

If you have one near Tampa for sale please mail me: (Email Removed).
Thanks!
You should stop by a pet store, pick up a copy of Reptiles magazine, and read the advertisements from breeders and for upcoming shows in the back of the magazine.
fr0glet
You should stop by a pet store, pick up a copy of Reptiles magazine, and read the advertisements from breeders and for upcoming shows in the back of the magazine. fr0glet

why not just stop by the pet shop and pick up a snake?

john Emotion: wink
You can do all of this at kingsnake.com from the comfort of your home. There's a lot of high quality breeders in the Tampa area. You shouldn't have a hard time.
why not just stop by the pet shop and pick up a snake? john Emotion: wink

Because people should support captive breeders rather than pet store chains.

fr0glet
why not just stop by the pet shop and pick up a snake?

(1) If you buy directly from the breeder, it will probably be cheaper. Cut out the middle man and all that. Of course, you will still need to spend the money for the setup, food, electricity, and so forth, but now you can put an extra $50 to getting a better enclosure, for example.

(2) The breeder probably knows more than the pet store salespeople about the animal. At the very least, the breeder was able to keep his stock alive and in good enough condition to reproduce (unlike an unfortunatly large number of pet shops I've been to), and many breeders are actually quite knowledgable about the species they keep. This makes the breeder a better source of information on how to care for your new pet.

(3) As a result of (2), the animals you buy from the breeder will likely be in better condition than those bought from a "typical" pet store. You also will know the animal was captive bred.
On the downside, if the breeder is far away, you might have to buy the critter sight unseen and have it shipped. In addition to not being able to inspect your purchase, or to buy that special one that catches your eye, there is always a danger in shipping live animals.

In my own experience, I've always had better luck buying direct from the breeder, even if it involves shipping. All of my current animals except for one boa for whom I am a second home were purchased directly from the breeder.
Luke