If you are a reptile keeper, sooner or later you will probably want to investigate the “Reptiles for sale” area of your local newspaper or classified ads website.
Selling or buying through Reptiles for sale can come with some drawbacks, so here are some tips to keep you out of trouble when browsing for reptiles for sale.
Sellers: when you place your advert, do everything you can to make your ad stand out and look as attractive as possible. You are competing with hundreds of other advertisers in the reptiles for sale column, so your ad should be as eye-catching as you can make it.
Make sure you add photos of your reptiles for sale – good ones taken in natural light with no camera shake will show your reptiles off in the best light.
When writing your ad, think about what information and questions you would want if you were the buyer. Depending on which type of reptiles for sale you have, you might want to add sex, colour, size, whether it’s been bred successfully, temperament, age, etc.
Be aware that scammers infiltrate every sort of community – don’t respond to any emails offering you extra money if you take a Paypal payment, etc. (Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!)
If you’re buying a new pet from the reptiles for sale column, there are certain precautions you should take before finalising the transaction.
Never pay via the internet for a reptile before you have seen it yourself. Ask the person for their address so you can come and see the reptile in its usual home.
Check for obvious signs of disease or injury. If this is your first reptile, try to bring along someone with some knowledge of the species who can advise you if its healthy or not.
If someone is reluctant to invite you to their home, take that as a warning sign – avoid buying from anyone who suggests meeting in a car park or similar – the reptiles for sale may be stolen or unwell!