Selling a pet snake you no longer care for can be a real pain. Giving up your snake for sale may be a really painful process, which is why I believe that taking the time to find a new owner who will take good care of your snake it really is important and responsible.
To get started, ask your family and friends whether they are interested in adopting your snake before launching a wider search for a brand new home. Whether your snake has behavior problems, has bitten someone, or you simply cannot give your snake the right care and attention, getting rid of a snake is no easy task.
But after hours and hours of research I came up with what I believe to be the ultimate resource for people looking to sale their pet snakes. In this article, we will look at some of the best places to sell pet snakes [online – offline]. Let’s get started.
5 BEST Places For Selling Your Snake
BEST Places To Sell Your Snake
In general, there are 2 main options to sell a snake – locally or online. Expect each option to have its advantages and disadvantages, so I have tried to do my best to capture the pros and cons of selling a snake locally and/or online.
1. Reptile Facebook Groups
By far one of the EASIEST and most effective ways to get rid of your snake is by listing it in Local Facebook Groups. Most areas in most states have these pages; it’s really just a matter of searching for them and request permission to join their community.
Each local groups has its own set of rules, I would recommend that you check them out before listing your snake for sale to make sure you’re following the rules of the group.
The #1 thing I like about Local Facebook Groups is that most of them have a decent audience where people buy, sell, trade 24/7, which theoretically should increase the chances of finding a buyer.
🆓 100% FREE Listing
Listing your snake on Local Facebook Groups is 100% FREE, but you will have to meet up with the buyer or arrange shipping and payments.
2. LLL Reptile
LLL Reptile is one of the most trusted and reliable suppliers of exotic pets and supplies. They’ve been around for more than 2 decades. They are experienced…and they are buying captive reptiles.
To get started, all you have to do is fill out the Contact Form on their website, and they will get in touch with you as soon as possible. You need to provide these guys with the information they need.
Starting with the type of reptile you’d like to sell, why you’re selling it, its age and overall health situation, and of course, ideally would be to attach some pictures of your snake as well.
🦎 VERY Popular Reptile Breeder
LLL Reptile has been around for more than 23 years, it’s a reliable, trustworthy company, so you know for sure they will take good care of your snake.
3. Reptile Forums
Reptile Forums is yet another great way to try to sell a pet snake. Although a forum is not specifically a platform for buying and selling a pet snake, you will live to realize that there are plenty of people here not only looking for information, but also looking to buy your reptile.
Forums are 100% FREE to use. To get started, you simply have to create an account and start another thread. When listing your pet snake for sale, ensure you’re providing potential buyers with as much information as possible.
Two other sites – that also have forums – I really like are FaunaClassifields and KingSnake. Use them to get your snake in front of as many people as possible. The positive side of listing your snake of Reptile Forums is that the chances of getting a better price here is higher since most members are reptile owners and recognize a good deal when they see one.
😟 You Need To Meet Up With The Buyer Yourself
The drawback of selling your snake on Reptile Forums is that you will have to meet up with the buyer, and deal with payment arrangements and shipping yourself.
4. Local Reptile Stores
Local Reptile Stores are a HASSLE-FREE way to get rid of your pet snake quick. Most local reptile stores will be more than happy to make a deal with you and buy your captive reptile. I would focus my attention on privately owned reptile stores to get it done as quickly as possible.
However, don’t expect these guys to pay big money for your captive snake since they have to make a profit too. Instead, expect them to offer anywhere between 40% to 60% of the net value of your snake in most large pet stores. Consider selling your tank setup as well if you don’t plan on getting a new reptile in the near future.
Of course, you can negotiate the price and try to get as much as possible for your pet snake, but I would recommend that you come up with a list of local reptile stores and give each one of them a quick call to see who offers the best price.
💰 Lower Prices
On a personal note, I do recommend that you care more about the well-being of your snake and focus on the buyer’s ability to properly care for the snake than focusing 100% on how much money you can get for it.
5. Local Reptile Show
A Local Reptile Show is another great place to try to sell your snake. The great thing about Local Reptile Shows is that you don’t need to be licensed to go and try to sell your snake. All you have to do is show up and let people know you’d like to sell your buddy.
However, you do have to contact the person who’s setting up the show at least a month or two early and let them know you’re gonna show up so that you can reserve a table.
For people located in Australia or UK, selling your snake at a local reptile show is not possible. In Australia you can’t even put a price on your snake or try to make a deal with someone and sell the snake in the parking lot after the show.
💰 You Need To Buy An Entry
Note that you will have to buy or rent a table if you want to be part of the show. Expect to pay anywhere from $50 to over a $100 for a table.
3 Tips For Selling A Snake
If you’re looking to get the best possible price for your pet snake, while also making sure you find a new owner that will take good care of your snake, there are a few pro tips you can use to your advantage.
1. Legal Issues
As previously mentioned, in some countries it is against the law to simply sell and transport various species of snakes. You need to do proper research and ensure that selling your snake is legal in your country, state, or county. You can begin your query by contacting various pet stores in your area, but at the end of the day you are is 100% your responsibility to verify all legal issues before proceeding.
2. Marketing Matters
Long story short, the more people know about your snake, the more potential buyers for the snake. Try all sorts of ways to get your snake in front of as many people as possible. Additionally, you can use all the methods above and not just one to increase the chances of selling your snake as quickly as possible.
Shipping live reptiles is no easy task. While this is very easy for reputable, trustworthy, experienced snake breeders, for beginners might be a very challenging, overwhelming task. To get started the right way, contact the shipping company and become familiar with their regulations of shipping live animals, which I strongly suggest that you follow to the T to avoid delayed shipments or other more serious issues.
In conclusion, I suggest that you sell your snake locally. Shipping live snakes is no easy task as you must consider the temperatures your snake will be exposed to during shipping, as well as proper housing during shipping. If anything goes wrong, your animal’s life could be endanger, which is why I think selling your snake locally is safer and wiser.
If you’re looking to get the best price for your snake, then is probably a good idea to stay away from resellers such as any local pet stores since this guys have to make a profit as well, meaning they will pay you the lowest price for it.
The best possible price you can get for a snake is when you’re selling the animal to experienced reptile owners looking to make another addition to their family.