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Post by ThyUnholy on Thu Mar 15, 2012 8:22 am

How do you guys buy your animals? I know people don't like to go to pet stores so they go straight to a breeder. How do you find a breeder? Does anyone order online and is it safe?

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Post by Mardy on Thu Mar 15, 2012 8:36 am

I got my first 2 leopard geckos from a local Petco. Luckily they take fairly good care of them, not the best husbandry but no sand and no loose crickets. My first two turned out very well, they have grown up nicely.

From there on my g/f and I got addicted to them, so we started slowly looking at all the various morphs online, started to order from various breeders, and the collection grew from there.

I would say ordering online is safe, but you should stick to reputable breeders to avoid getting malnourished/ill geckos, or getting something not as advertised. Going to a reptile show is also a good way to see the geckos you are buying in person before purchasing them.

As for how you would know someone's reputable, ask around, check forums for breeders that post often. I have a list of breeders I've purchased from and work with while starting our own lil breeding operation here. If you need recommendations let me know. It helps to know what you are looking for and your price range, as different breeders specialize in different things.

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Post by ThyUnholy on Thu Mar 15, 2012 8:43 am

I was wanting a Sub-adult, or an adult, Super Snow as my next leo. Wanted a female. Not so ready for one yet because I still need another tank and a UTH.


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Post by Mardy on Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:08 am

Snows should be fairly easy to find, I pm'ed you a few reputable breeder sites you can check out.

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Post by wolfbane468 on Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:16 am

hey mardy could u pm me those so i can se what kind of price to think about as my next femily member
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Post by Mardy on Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:19 am

Done, these are ones that sell snows as that's what ThyUnholy asked for. If you are looking for something in particular let me know, there's too many to list.

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Post by Kodieh on Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:31 am

I bought my Super Snow and Mack Snow online. If anyone wants the breeder just pm me, they hatched out more Mack and supers today. Smile
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Post by PMK159 on Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:10 am


I am looking for a couple of female Leo's in the UK but have not had much luck yet, anyone know of any breeders that may have any ??
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Post by bashweeka on Thu Mar 15, 2012 12:09 pm

I bought my first from a local pet store that specializes in reptiles. When I was looking for a specific morph, they were able to recommend a local breeder. It was nice to lay eyes on the geckos before I paid for them. The breeder even came to me with the geckos I chose.
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Post by geckochick89 on Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:13 pm

So far, I have always purchased my geckos up front from breeders, I have never ordered online just because I feel that shipping makes it too $$ for me. I'll just wait until the next show if there's something I want.

If I do get a gecko from a petstore, it is because it is either up for adoption because they cant sell it or someone left one there and they don't want to take care of it.
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Post by Kira on Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:30 pm

i was on kingsnake looking today and found that!

http://market.kingsnake.com/index.php?cat=10

underground reptiles! that store is 1 hr away from us ! great store its like 5 min from ben siegels store!

i think i need to make a trip down there and pic up some snows !

What you guys think????
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Post by ThyUnholy on Thu Mar 29, 2012 4:23 pm

I've never bought from them but they answered some of my questions I emailed them about their snakes before. They were nice for me. You might wanna call before hand or even email them, to see if they have what you are looking for.

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Post by Kira on Fri Mar 30, 2012 2:37 am

oh we live 1 hr from underground reptiles and ben siegel!!! yeah they are great both stores are awesome! love ben siegels rocky cant stop petting him! we making a trip there every two weeks just to look lol we bought some animals from both stores! i love the mac snows he has the once for 35,-! but everytime i go in his store i want to buy frilled dragons urmastics turtels!!!

well i will see i want to wait till urban gecko has new once and want to get a breeding groub from him so i dont know what to do ! i cant have everything lol
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Post by Kermit on Fri Mar 30, 2012 8:00 am

I ordered my leo from a breeder I found on another leo forum some time ago. he came to me all the way from Utah to Pennsylvania and was just perfect. I had many communications with the breeder between my first inquiry, placing my deposit and finally having him shipped. All in all with shipping it came to about $110 american if I remember correctly but worth every penny imo. I have a happy healthy leo whos morph I know for certain plus his hatch date and the breeder even made sure to handle him a bit more for me before sending him to be sure he was tame. He ate with in 3 days of him getting here and settled in really fast. Quality is always worth the extra money esp. if you're serious about your animals and want to ever consider breeding in the future.

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Post by Kira on Fri Mar 30, 2012 8:28 am

yeah true kermit ! breeder circle is not far form us either and we got a awesome mirco leatherback female from him (bearded dragon)! underground and ben siegel breeding some of there stock! you can call them anytime! they are very helpfull !

i was thinking of getting the two marble eye form breeder circle trading some of your babies (bearded dragon) we did that with our dragon we got from him half in babies have in cash lol!

but than i go to urban gecko and see the embers i love them or the sunglows and thinking of getting a breeding groub from them!

i think going wiht urban gecko ! i love the snows from underground to!
i got 16 bearded dragon babies i could go trade ! my husband said i need to stop looking lol
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Post by Kermit on Fri Mar 30, 2012 8:30 am

Isn't Jay (asianpursuasian) your husband? if so like he has room to talk Smile He's always adding animals to the herd.

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Post by Kira on Fri Mar 30, 2012 8:38 am

Kermit wrote:Isn't Jay (asianpursuasian) your husband? if so like he has room to talk Smile He's always adding animals to the herd.

lol nope he isnt !!! but now i wish!!! Twisted Evil
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Post by Kermit on Fri Mar 30, 2012 8:56 am

Woops my bad... I thought that I saw something about that in your intro... sry Embarassed

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Post by Kira on Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:36 am

Kermit wrote:Woops my bad... I thought that I saw something about that in your intro... sry Embarassed

lol no worries but if he likes to buy stuff i want him!!!! Very Happy
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Post by Kermit on Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:02 pm

Yeah I'm pretty sure he's already taken Smile

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Post by Kira on Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:10 pm

Kermit wrote:Yeah I'm pretty sure he's already taken Smile

lol so am i i was thinking of a trade!!!!!!

im just kidding if my husband sees that im in trouble
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Post by gothicgurrrl on Sat Mar 31, 2012 1:36 am

I got my first leo banana from a pet shop.. which I was unsure about but luckily I was volunteering there so I could handle her daily and health check her Smile The only annoying thing is that I don't know her birthday or exact age... I only know she was around 1 when I bought her.

My second leo grumpy I bought from a breeder...Jordan, our admin in fact! Smile It's a much better experience because you can view them before you buy them, learn their exact parentage and birthday.
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Post by Kodieh on Sat Mar 31, 2012 2:39 am

Just a note, any reputable breeder will be able to tell you hatch dates and parenting of the animal. They should be proud and willing to provide this information. If they can't or won't, then I highly recommend not purchasing from them. A bad record keeper generally leads to a bad animal. If they can't keep track of that stuff, then why should you believe anything else they say about the animals health?
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