Is this more than a hobby?
Hello and welcome to my new blog. I would like to state here first and foremost that I am not in anyway a professional or truly even a halfway professional writer. With that being said I can assure you that you will find many errors in spelling, punctuation, and probably every writing mistake than can be made, so if that will get on your nerves and irritate you this probably is not the blog for you :)
My goal with this is to share my experiences in the cornsnake hobby and possibly point people new to the hobby in the right direction for common questions I get about breeding, care, supply's, etc. I have zero experience with any of this so please bare with me as we start off.
A question I get quite a bit (at least once a month) is "Do you actually make money selling cornsnakes?" . The answer to that is very simple and the answer is yes. I have been breeding and collecting corns for a very long time and even as a kid I was still making money with my reptiles. I guess a better question would be "should I be making money breeding cornsnakes?" Well that all depends on you. I feel that the most important thing to consider is the care and well being of the animals. I have always had a fascination with genetics, although I have no real schooling on the subject I feel like I have learned a lot over the years. In the beginning I could care less if I made money or lost money with my hobby because it was just that "A hobby" but unless I held back a ton of animals or had a bit of bad luck with my animals, eggs, etc. It has always seemed to work out in the positive for me. Just say were working with two animals, lets say a male bloodred het charcoal,amel and a female pewter het amel. Thats about a $250.00 investment off the top of my head. Feed them both for three years, we will just say .80 a week each 52 x 3 = 156 weeks 156 x 2 because there are two snakes 312 and times .80 cents is 249.00. So 240.00 plus 250.00 cost of the animals. So we will say $500.00 invested. I know everone is going to say what about caging, water, substrate etc. The truth is all that stuff for two corns is not going to amount to much unless you are buying fancy decorated fishtanks to house them in. So anyhow were 500 dollars in and have just had a clutch of eggs ( I almost always average 15 eggs per clutch) sometimes more some times less but over the years I would have to say 15 is my magic number. So off those 15 eggs we should get 5 bloodreds, 5 pewters, 1 fire and 1 whiteout. Without looking up prices I would guess the bloodreds would fetch 80 dollars each so $400.00 the pewters maybee $90-100 each but we will say $90.00 so $450.00 the fire should easily bring $100.00 and the white out I would guess $250.00 possible more. So we are at $1200.00 so thats about $700.00 profit the first time around. Next time you breed this pair you will have made back your $250.00 initial investment the previous year so now your profit is $950.00 and if Murphy is feeling generous you might get two whiteouts :) Now imagine that you had 50 breeding pairs and had built a solid reputation so you could easily sell them, that's near 50k. Do you have the time and drive to provide excellent care for 100 animals? Im not sure but my point is don't let anyone tell you its not possible. This is basically the way I always break it down for people who love the hobby but fear it will put them in the poor house. And truthfully even if you just sold your 15 hatchlings to good homes for $15.00 each that would almost cover your feeding bill for 3 years.. :) anyhow if this was something you have been questioning I hope this helped you out. I will be adding more to this blog on a "hopefully" weekly basis. Send your questions on the contact page :)