So I will pose it to the community on what I should do. It is clear I have been sold a very expensive snake that produces largely deformed or questionable animals. The snake was bred to two different females and both clutches were/are disasters. The male in question was sold as a proven breeder, therefore the Seller had to be aware of the train wreck of a clutch this guy produces. Before I call this person out, I know for a fact that there were several adult females of the same combo or at least visual and het combos for the same genes that were sold at the same time to other buyers, the least expensive of which was about $2,500, and mine which was $4,500. So there are a couple of things to discuss here.
First question is, does anyone believe there is any legal recourse for those of us that were duped by this Seller?
Second question is, what is the ethical thing to do going forward.
I’ll start with my thoughts on the second item. I have a snake that I am confident should never be bred again. I have several offspring that appear to be alright, but armed with the knowledge I have now, I don’t believe should go back into the gene pool. So. do I euthanize everything and take my losses. Do I euthanize the obviously defective animals, and sell as pets, the animals that appear to be alright? Without proving them out, I do not know if the offspring will produce defective babies, but I do have every reason to believe they could. Also, I have little doubt that if I sell the visual double recessive male and babies to be a pets only, that someone equally as unscrupulous as the original Seller, could easily put them into their rotation and only sell the animals that appear viable. This is a bitter pill to swallow but I am willing to fall on my sword for the sake of my reputation and this hobby/industry.