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- Not Planning – Building your collection on impulse purchases is the #1 rookie mistake. Make a project plan and only buy what fits your plan & budget.
- Buying Cheap – Don’t do it. Don’t buy sub-par animals. The money you save will not be worth it. Exceptional animals will cost a small amount more out of the gate but will pay off HUGE.
- Over committing – Start with a comfortable number of animals and only expand as you have the money, time, rodents and care requirements well under control. Don’t be “that guy” and make us all look bad.
- Not sticking with a plan / being impatient – One of the best pieces of advice I was ever given is to breed the snakes you have. Just breed them. Its tempting to jump into every cool thing or to switch gears completely to chase the hottest morph trend, but I’ve seen so many people spin their wheels and never find success simply because they were constantly swapping animals. Build a long-term, stable collection full of multi-generational animals and reap the rewards of consistent production and indisputable genetics.
- Not connecting with a mentor breeder – Don’t go it alone! Find a breeder who you respect, someone who is doing it right and is successful – then buy from them. Financially invest in their success and ask them to invest in yours by mentoring you. Connections are everything in this business / hobby. Having an long-term business relationship is also the best way to grab those truly special animals before they are even public.
- Purchasing sub-par equipment – There’s an awesome DIY aspect to the hobby, but be careful not to cut critical corners. World-class animals can’t be trusted to a cheap thermostat, I’ve seen entire collections decimated by freezing or overheating. Ultimately it was because of the lack of back up systems and due diligence.
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