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Frequently Asked Questions

Here I will answer questions that are most often asked of me. Hopefully this will provide you with answers more quickly and save me from answering the same emails every week.
Do not take this as a discouragement for you to email me. If you have any questions not mentioned here, feel free to ask and I will do my best to answer them.

1. Can you send me plans on how to build one of your cages?

I do not make or use plans when building cages. I normally draw a rough sketch of what I want, and work out much of the rest in my head as I go. I have never drawn any actual plans nor do I plan to start.

2. Do you sell cages?

I get fairly frequent requests to build cages for people. I regret that I simply do not have the time to build cages commercially. Each of my cages are individually built, and given my schedule, it takes some time to complete them.
Added to this the fact few people are actually willing to pay what it would cost for me to custom build a cage including the time invested, I do not forsee ever building cages for money. It is possible I may start building rodent racks for sale, but I have not yet determined if that is an area that is needed or one that I would want to pursue.

3. Where can I buy flexwatt heat tape and/or the metal connectors?

I normally get my heat tape from the Bean Farm. Their website is http://www.beanfarm.com. They sell both sizes of heat tape as well as the metal connectors and plastic insulators.

4. I live relatively close to you, can I come see your collection?

This is a hobby for me, and is done in my home. For this reason I do not allow visitors. Exceptions are rarely made.
Friends are of course always welcome.

5. Can you tell me everything there is to know about how to keep and breed this reptile?

I am a big proponent of the dissemination of information, and I normally attempt to answer any specific questions when I feel qualified and time permits. I am also a proponent of hands on learning, nothing replaces experience. For this reason I do not make a habit of writing out detailed care sheets.
I strongly recommend people to buy books and do their own research rather than trying the quick way of just quizzing someone over the internet.
I also do not have experience with every species commonly kept and am just not qualified to offer advice on many of them.
Of course, if you are buying an animal from me I will provide any and all details you require to help ensure your success with that animal.

6. Would you be interested in buying my wild caught and/or captive bred snakes?

I am not a reptile dealer, and I do not buy snakes just to sell them. This is especially true of wild caught snakes. (Yes, this means you, the fellow with poor english from Africa who keeps emailing me wanting me to import from him.)
Neither am I interested in entire clutches of captive born snakes I do not otherwise have an interest in keeping, so please do not email me thinking I am a reptile distributor willing to buy quantities of reptiles.
If what you have available is on my wanted list feel free to contact me with offers.

7. Will you collect local native reptiles and sell them to me?

This answer is an even bigger no than the previous question. While I am not against collecting animals for one's own collection, if there is one thing I am not it is a commercial collector.
So please, don't bother me with emails wanting me to collect quantities of reptiles for you.

Clay Davenport
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