Last updated : 01/04/2007
This page is indexed on our home page under Aspect: 1. About us and contacts and the Section: 2. Mission Statement, background & terms
Our standards and ethics
Having invested a substantial amount of money, time and effort in this business we believe that it is both a matter of good practice, to firstly protect our investment and secondly to ensure that our activities do not, in any way, contribute to a future environmental problem.
Therefore, we have formulated the following standards that we hereby commit ourselves to:-
1. All stock sold shall be:-
- Decease and parasite free.
- Born in captivity.
- In good health and eating regularly.
2. We prefer not to import snakes that are expected to grow to an adult size, which exceeds 4 meters.
The situation in the USA is that unwanted and unmanageable pets are being released in parks and country areas. We do not want this situation to occur in South Africa.
If however, you can satisfy us that you have the facilities and skill to handle a snake larger than this, we will firstly try and locate one locally from one of our many contacts failing which we will import a quality specimen on your behalf.
3. We prefer to supply breeding pairs which are from diverse blood lines, so to prevent future inferior offspring. If we don't have separate blood lines of a specific species, we suggest you purchase one of the sexes available and we will import the other sex, from a different blood line.
4. Records of all sales will identify the blood line as recorded by us.
5. We will endeavor to promote the local captive breeding of indigenous species.
In order for this to be achieved breeding pairs are required.
If they are not available locally, we will import suitable specimens.
If there is a shortage in supply overseas , we will only import if we are satisfied that they will be applied to a breeding program.
In this small way we hope to :-
- Not unduly contribute to creating an overseas market for our indigenous species.
- We will promote the breeding potential of our indigenous species locally.
- Reduce the potential for wild specimens to be illegally caught.
- Increase the captive bred species that could be released back into the wild or supplied back into the trade.
Further Reading Links
Burmese python establishing itself in Florida Everglades - View article
Dog trained to track Everglades pythons - View article
Last update : 01/04/2007