I have been in this forum for some time now and every day I keep learning more from the most experienced Ballpython handlers and breeders.I only have a Ghi Pastel het Clown Male and a Mojave het Clown female and I would love to try to breed them next season.
Now, my purpose with this is that I would like to meet people like me or with more experience in this hobby that live near me. I read and look for a lot of information but what I miss is come into contact with someone, talk, share experiences, etc. with someone who has pythons (I don’t usually talk much with my friends or family, they don’t have the same interest as me…)
Say that I live in Germany, zip code 83413, and I will be grateful for your answers.
Yeah, I likely won’t let people in my house to see any snakes regularly until I can get security cameras set up in my reptile room and outside the side door entrance to the reptile room. At least then if anyone breaks in, I’d be able to catch it on camera.
Though I also live in the US, so I wouldn’t be of much help anyways Best of luck either way— as @eaglereptiles said, try and meet people at expos when they start opening up again! You can always also check places like Facebook for local reptile groups.
You’re right, I didn’t think about that. Anyway I’m not trying to get someone to invite me directly to see their collection etc. What I am interested in is meeting people and making friendly connections, from which I can continue to learn or even help someone else about our wonderful hobby.
I understand your advice, and I share your opinion. When I wrote this topic, I didn’t even think about that. Now that we’re talking about it, I understand no one’s volunteering for my request. It´s ok.
I’d love to be able to make those contacts in Hamm, for example. But I’d like something closer to my area. In the north of Germany there are more breeders than in my area. I only know the breeder who i bought my snakes (Xclusive Snakes) and it is a normal Relations (Seller/Buyer) and only via email. And I don’t know if there are any breeders in an area of not too many km.
A lot of breeders host patreon meetings, or might be up for zoom meetings/consultations. Consider offering to pay for a consultation on specific topics.
Think of it as hiring a consultant or tutor. The contacts can be made virtually to avoid the in person challenges outlined above. Send FB messages, or YouTube video messages to people you would like to meet.
You’re going to have to do the footwork. The worst they can say is no. But someone will eventually say yes. Buy a snake or two from one of them. There’s lots of ways to make contact.