I'm just about to get a royal python, my first reptile, and have so far visited the three shops nearest to me: Cambridge Reptiles & Exotics, The Japanese Koi Co. near hitchin, herts, and Millennium Reptiles in Bishop's Stortford. I have had varying impressions of these shops but regardless of what I thought of them none of them has a royal at the moment and although they were expecting more the they might be some time. (One place was able to obtain one for me quite quickly but this left me a bit suspicious.)
I am planning to go to Northampton Reptile Centre, once i have my viv set-up properly, as they appear to have some royals in, but it is a little far to go when I don't know how good the place is. I therefore wanted to see what experiences of this shop people have had and whether they would recommend it. As I said this is my first reptile so even when I do go myself I'm not completely sure I will be able to judge the place well, although I think I have a reasonable idea of what to look for.

If anyone has any comments about the other places I visited that would help me identify a good reptile retailer when I see one that would be great too.
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I'm just about to get a royal python, my first reptile, and have so far visited the three shops nearest ... visited that would help me identify a good reptile retailer when I see one that would be great too. Thanks

www.thesnakeshop.co.uk Royals are usually farm bred, quality varies, i kow
2 pet shops on teh same St, ones great and ones crapola.

Not sure what the market is like at the mo.
I'm just about to get a royal python, my first ... when I see one that would be great too. Thanks

www.thesnakeshop.co.uk Royals are usually farm bred, quality varies, i kow 2 pet shops on teh same St, ones great and ones crapola. Not sure what the market is like at the mo.

I dont know how close he is to you but there is a place in Essex called JunglePhase, they breed several different types of Royal (not sure on prices and it may be a bit early for this years young) and quality is always top knotch. His number is 01708 500 800
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If anyone has any comments about the other places I ... retailer when I see one that would be great too.

You should seriously go and see Lorna at Elite Reptiles, Brandon, Suffolk. Very highly regarded and she regularly gets different stuff in. If she doesn't have a royal in, she might be able to give you some pointers as to where would be the best place to get one.
She's also very conscientious about making sure the animals she sells are healthy. IME, this is not true for some other shops in East Anglia, one of which (if you want to know which one, mail me privately) sold me a corn snake which was a little on the thin side on the basis that, "I had a clutch of eggs from her a couple of months ago". In actual fact, the snake was male, had gastroenteritis, and cost me more than its purchase price in vet bills to make it healthy again.
There's a place in Ramsey, out in the Cambridgeshire Fens, which I've heard good things about too, although I've only visited it once and haven't bought anything there. Their animals looked in good condition, and chatting with the owner left me with a good impression in general.
I'm just about to get a royal python, my first reptile, and have so far visited the three shops nearest to me: Cambridge Reptiles & Exotics, The Japanese Koi Co. near hitchin, herts, and Millennium Reptiles in Bishop's Stortford.

Out of the three you have visited, Cambridge Reptiles is the best one. I know the proprietor personally and his animals are good quality. I wouldn't touch Japanese Koi Co with a barge pole, and I'm not familiar with the third.
I am planning to go to Northampton Reptile Centre, once i have my viv set-up properly, as they appear to have some royals in, but it is a little far to go when I don't know how good the place is.

I bought a couple of leopard geckos from this place last year, and they were dead inside of 3 months. However, the shop looked very presentable and the staff seemed fairly knowledgeable, but I wasn't looking at snakes at the time so can't really comment on their level of expertise in this area.

I'm surprised Neil at Cambridge Reptiles hasn't got any royal pythons at the moment but I should think he'll be getting some more fairly soon. He's the guy to talk to about snakes, and only buys quality stock from known and trusted breeders.
Good luck in finding one Emotion: smile
Chloe
You should seriously go and see Lorna at Elite Reptiles, Brandon, Suffolk. Very highly regarded and she regularly gets different ... she might be able to give you some pointers as to where would be the best place to get one.

I'm sorry to have to contradict you here Chris, but I wouldn't touch Lorna's place with a barge pole to be honest. I'm not doubting her knowledge of snakes but the way in which she keeps them and the filthy state of the shop, including many sick animals on display is disgusting.

That isn't just my own opinion either, but that of every herper in the area I know and am in regular contact with. There are many people who either have, or intend to, report her to the authorities too.

Sorry if she's a friend of yours or anything but I can only speak as I find.
Chloe
There's a place in Ramsey, out in the Cambridgeshire Fens, which I've heard good things about too, although I've only ... there. Their animals looked in good condition, and chatting with the owner left me with a good impression in general.

I know of this guy, but haven't been over to his place as it's a bit cross country for me, but I believe he is very knowledgeable. I have spoke to him at length on the phone and I was left with a good impression. I'm not sure if it's still the case, but I know he previously stocked his shop primarily with animals from Neil at Cambridge Reptiles. I'm pretty certain they share the same breeder outlets too so I have no doubt his stock would be very healthy and of good quality.
Chloe
You should seriously go and see Lorna at Elite Reptiles, ... to where would be the best place to get one.

I'm sorry to have to contradict you here Chris, I wouldn't touch Lorna's place with a barge pole to be ... in which she keeps them and the filthy state of the shop, including many sick animals on display is disgusting.

As far as offering contradictory advice, and displaying sick animals goes, I'd point out that the person who sold me the very sick male corn snake I mentioned earlier, and which I now regard as a rescue, on the basis that it was a breeding female which was a little thin because "she" had just laid some eggs and hadn't put the weight back on yet, was none other than your friend, Neil, of Cambridge Reptiles.
Perhaps I should have been more careful when I bought the animal, but I was pretty inexperienced then, and I took what the seller said at face value. I certainly wouldn't have had any reason to think that the animal that was claimed as a breeding female, and was presently sharing a vivarium with 3-4 other corn snakes, was actually a male requiring serious medical attention.

Now things may have improved at his place recently - I couldn't tell you, because I haven't been in there for a couple of years. The last time I went in to pick some supplies up, my snakes developed a mysterious tick infestation a fortnight later. A complete mystery as to where that came from, of course - I expect there are probably gangs of snake ticks wandering the streets of Cambridgeshire looking for unsuspecting Boa constrictors to mug...
That isn't just my own opinion either, but that of every herper in the area I know and am in regular contact with. There are many people who either have, or intend to, report her to the authorities too.

's funny, but it was Lorna who was helpful enough to point out, when I asked about how often corn snakes are supposed to go to the toilet, and whether it's supposed to smell quite so bad, that it's not normal for them to defecate runny, glutinous stools 3 to 4 times a week, it's not normal for them to smell quite so unpleasant, that a female after laying a clutch of eggs really should have had noticable weight gain after several meals, and that I might want to take it to a vet.
So I took it to see Gill Pearson, the exotics vet in Cambridge, who was really superb, managed to restore the animal to health, and was kind enough to sex the animal for me for free.
Sorry if she's a friend of yours or anything but I can only speak as I find.

Likewise, and all I can say is that I really can't agree with you on this, and that I think you're unjustly maligning a well-regarded and conscientious reptile supplier. Of the 7 animals I've bought from her, all 7 are in superb physical condition, that she's always been very helpful, is happy to openly talk about an animal's history and sex it before selling it. My only relationship with her is as a very satisfied customer.
I'm just about to get a royal python, my first reptile, and have so far visited the three shops nearest ... visited that would help me identify a good reptile retailer when I see one that would be great too. Thanks

How about getting a corn snake or king snake as a first reptile? Ball Pythons/Royals do not make good first-time pets.
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