- I was recently asked how you could turn $1,000
investment into $100,000 breeding snakes.
So. Challenge accepted.
Let's see how I do,
but before we get started, I want to say a couple of things.
I really don't breed snakes for investments anymore,
but I do have a lot of background in it,
obviously how BHB grew
over the last 30 something years.
So I'm going to give this a shot.
Now, the other thing is this,
isn't the only way that you can be successful
or you can completely fail.
You have to put in the work and things have to work out.
So I'm just going to give you an idea of what I would do if
I was starting out with a thousand dollars and wanting to
invest and produce $100,000 worth of snakes within
So I would first probably buy
a male lesser leopard clown ball python.
Then I would buy a female spotnose het for clown ballpark.
Then now those two animals combined would be the founding
stock, and they would cost me right about $1,000.
Now, the reason that I would choose the clown ball python
project to get started is it's very, very popular right now.
And it's in high demand.
So that way, when you produce babies,
people are going to want to buy them.
But it's going to take you a couple of years to raise them
up to size.
So again, exercise patience right?
So when you get that first breeding, you're actually going
to have an opportunity to prove a whole bunch of stuff.
Which are actually Batman's in the Batman's are very,
very popular and they can sell for a couple thousand dollars
plus, and then you start getting into
the lesser leopard spotnose clown ball python,
and then it can sell for up to $3,500.
And then of course, you're gonna produce a whole bunch
of other stuff.
Remember, it's going to be a lot of clowns.
There's going to be everything that's het for clowns.
So what I would do is actually hang on to all of the females
in the clutch, and then I would definitely hold onto
the best male in the clutch.
Hoping that maybe you produce that lesser leopard spotnose
clown ball python. Then use that for future breeding.
So let's say you get four females that you're
going to hang on to combinations of either
het or actual clown ball pythons.
Now you can sell the other males off that you produce in
there because you're going to produce some maybe lesser
clowns, you're gonna produce some spotnose clowns.
You're going to produce some leopard clown, stuff like that.
You can actually sell those off and maybe make
upwards of $10,000 on that first clutch.
Then you start talking about what do I do with that $10,000?
The next thing I really want to do is actually take some of
that money and breed it into banana or coral glows, right?
So you could get maybe a male
banana leopard clown ball python to add to the production.
And this is one right here.
But having that banana gene into it,
then you can start to get into like scarecrow stuff and
stuff like that.
Now these males can literally get up to size,
to breed in less than a year.
So if you were to invest in this animal,
you could then take it back to some of the other animals,
whether it's a spotnose het clown,
or you could take it to some of the other females,
then you can produce scarecrows,
which can go for several thousand dollars in all kinds of
And you could do it pretty quick because you have all those
females you're raising up as well as the original
spotnose het clown.
So now you have see the opportunity to produce four or five,
six clutches that are all going to be different clowns.
And you're adding pastel to the gene as well as the banana
which really makes things awesome.
And you can really tell some of these babies,
are going to start to be absolute rippers.
This happens to be a pastel lesser leopard clown ball python
and just take a look at that beauty here.
So now your producing heat man, right?
Every baby you're producing is worth
$2,000 $3,000 $4,000 $5,000.
Sometimes even more, so that's what you're trying to do is
build on stock, right?
You're stacking genes,
and you're trying to produce better and better animals that
are not only going to be more beautiful, but also high,
high demand for them. Right?
And right now there's no more high demand other
than the clown project in all of these things
that I'm talking about now.
So now you're into year three, maybe four,
and you're really starting to hit some stuff, right?
Now you might be producing 25 to $40,000 worth of snakes.
I would still hang on to the females that you really want to
work with to continue to expand,
and then go ahead and sell off the males except for the ones
that you really want to add into the project.
And now you're well on your way, like I said,
you're about halfway to your goal of $100,000.
Just to show you a few things that you're going to be
producing during this time.
Even something like a lesser leopard clown,
ball python is absolutely ridiculous.
I mean, look at the reduction of pattern,
all that type of stuff.
So you're going to be producing tons of heat.
I mean, every baby you're producing now
is just going to be amazing.
The hardest part you're going to have, to be totally honest
with you, it's to decide what to sell and
what to keep, right?
We're trying to reach that goal of $100,000
so you can't keep it all.
If it was up to me,
I would just keep everything to be honest with you.
This little guy is a little feisty monkey,
but the truth is every baby you're going to be hatching is
going to be absolutely ridiculous.
Take for instance,
you've got that pastel gene in there, right?
So you're going to be producing
pastel lesser leopard clown ball pythons.
Then this one happens to have a paradox blotching on it,
which makes it a little bit more desirable,
adds a little bit of value to it.
The truth is it's just looks really cool,
but as they get bigger,
they're actually very interesting animals too.
you can take a little divergence in the meantime,
if you don't want to just stick to this path,
really inexpensively with a little bit of that offspring,
you could add, let's say Mojave to it.
And when you add that Mojave to it, it really changes stuff.
It's actually a banana Mojave clown ball python,
and just absolutely wonderful.
So again, you can layer things on,
in a Mojave het clown or a Mojave clown,
isn't that expensive.
So with some of the proceeds you're making to add
that gene to it, it just gives you more options, right?
And more ideas to get into different layering, right?
And this could be an animal that could eventually produce
something that's worth five or $10,000.
If you're putting it into all the other genes,
like the spotnose and the leopard,
and then you have the pastel in there and then maybe you
even add like an NG gene, you know,
there's anything you can possibly do from here because
you've made a little bit of money.
You've got a bunch of Holbeck animals.
Your group is probably up to maybe 40 animals at this point.
So you have to make sure you have the rack space for it.
You have to have the rodents for it and stuff like that.
So there will be a little bit of expenses,
but you do have a little bit of money to reinvest into the
And again, there's a fine line between spending
too much of your money, reinvesting enough,
but you have to continue to grow to get that $100,000 mark.
This happens to be a pastel lesser, bongo,
NG het for clown ball python.
This would work perfectly in your group, right?
Because now you've got NG in there.
You've got Bongo in there.
You've got the pastel for the super pastel stuff with the
some other animals you have, of course,
it's going to add banana into it.
You've got the spotnose to go into it,
the leopard to go into it.
I mean, it's endless right?
Now you've got all kinds of genes to not only produce stuff
that's already being produced,
but maybe produce some things that haven't been produced
then, and that's when the real big money happens,
because let's say you hit a banana lesser NG Bongo
lesser spotnose clown ball Python.
I mean, that's going to be a 10 or $12,000 snake.
And you're really getting your way to a stock right here.
And again, I don't want to continue to say like,
these animals are worth money because like I said,
I don't really breed stuff for the money these days,
but I'm still working on projects that I'm really super
excited about. And they do bring revenue in.
And if you want to work with animals and like,
Hey, listen, I don't care about the money,
but I want to make the money so that I can continue to work
I'm just trying to give you a basic outline
of what I would do.
And again, there's many different ways you can go
this isn't the only way you can go.
You can work with other genes.
You can do whatever.
I'm just giving you a basic outline of what I would do.
If I wanted to go from $1,000 to $100,000
You guys know,
I typically talk about the repterrium
and I talk about animal education and stuff like that.
But I want to know from you guys do like this kind of
content. Do you want me to get more in depth in it?
I could actually go over on my Patreon, link in the
description, and we could get really deep
into the business side,
not only of breeding reptiles,
but also anything to do with animals, supplies, reptile,
zoo, whatever you might want to do.
If you do like it, he'll hit me up in the comments,
let me know, join my Patreon.
And we can actually really dive deep.
You've got to remember, 35 years I've done this
as a profession.
So I definitely have had some experience with it.
I've had ups, I've had downs,
but I've certainly been through a lot and I'm happy to help
you guys along your way. So let me know what you guys think.
And if you do want to do it,
we can certainly do it over on Patreon.
Another thing you can add in to kind of darken things up,
because right now there's a lot of interest in the darker
clown ball pythons,
like the stranger gene and stuff like that.
You can get into mahoganies, right?
This is actually a mahogany leopard that is het for clown
ball python. Again, now you're looking at another gene.
You start adding to it and it doesn't cost you that much to
get into this type of stuff.
You just start to continue to add to your arsenal of
different genetics that you've got going on.
Because like I said, now that you have 40, 50 animals,
maybe you have eight or 10 males and the rest are females.
You have a lot of things to breed into and you're going to
start producing 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 clutches before you know
it. And now you're really starting to stack genetics.
Now this is where you're going to take the biggest
diversion from what we've been doing.
Up until now we've been producing
a bunch of het clown stuff, right?
Different incomplete dominance,
things that are going to add to clown.
Now I'm going to get into the second recessive mutation
right? Now, I'll be totally honest with you.
I don't even work with these.
So I don't actually have one to show you,
but this is actually a piedball ball python.
The truth is I would go ahead and take some money.
It's going to cost you a few,
maybe 3,500 to $5,000 to buy a clown pied ball python.
Then now I would buy a male clown pied ball python.
Then you can start breeding that into other mutations of
clowns and that means you're going to get all clowns that
are het for pied, right?
So all the combinations that you're producing now,
the scarecrow, the Batman,
everything that you're producing now of clown is also going
to be carrying the pied gene that adds a different layer.
Now that's when you grow these up, you're going to be
producing pied clown combos of all those things.
Again, it's going to take you a couple of years
to get these things rolling,
but this is going to be a amazing thing to add to it because
right now the two recessive mutations that are really,
really, really popular are
the clown ball python and the pied ball python.
So I would definitely add the pieds into it because it is
going to really send your project to the moon.
So I would say you're into year five at this point,
to be totally honest with you.
And you're probably already producing somewhere between 50
and $70,000 worth of snakes per year.
Now, you're investing some of it into, you know,
infrastructure, feeding, all that type of stuff.
And you're also investing into things like the pied clown.
So you're not making that money,
but you're making some money.
There's no doubt about it,
but you're about to make really good things when the next
generation comes in, it's going to take you two more years.
So you're about year six is when things are going to really,
really hit for you.
And that's when you're going to make that $100,000.
One thing to keep in mind,
is this important that you're enjoying the process, right?
You know, again,
I'm going through this video just because so many people
have asked me to do it,
but the truth is is if you're not enjoying every step of the
way, it's not worth the money to be totally honest with you.
And at least for me,
when I'm producing things like this super pastel,
lesser leopard clown, ball python
it's never about the money.
When they hatch out, I don't ever think what they cost.
I just think, oh my gosh,
that is a beautiful snake.
And the truth is, is it's hard for me to want to
sell any of them because they're so darn beautiful.
So enjoy the process, right?
By now, you're really producing some amazing animals and
you're really getting a name out there probably.
And you're starting to really make some money,
but at the same time don't ever do it for the money,
because if you're doing it for the money,
you're really not doing the animal any justice at all.
And I don't want to see anyone get into these animals just
for the money side.
That being said,
if you're really passionate about it and you want to do it,
the money for me is always just about being able to get more
animals or to expand the zoo or do something like that.
But the truth is just enjoy every minute of it because it's
Before we move on, I want to give you a couple.
of pro tips that's going to help you along your way.
Because the truth is,
is that I'm giving you kind of the outline of what I would
buy animal wise and how I would expand.
But the real truth is, is you're a business now, right?
So as a business, conduct yourself as a business, right?
Make sure you get on social media,
make sure you have an Instagram.
You have a YouTube channel,
have a Twitter,
you have a Tik TOK and make sure you're putting that content
out there and also representing your company in a
professional way, right?
Because if you're not doing it professionally, people
aren't going to want to spend five grand with you or 10
grand with you, right?
So it's about image as well. You know,
guys like Justin Kybella, Miguel, Ozzie Boyd,
the list goes on and on these guys are presenting themselves
So when they have these 5,000, 10,000, $15,000 snakes,
people feel comfortable dealing with them because again,
your business is going to be super important for your
And that means standing behind your customers,
make sure your service is great because listen,
everybody can have snakes for sale, but if you're
service and the way you treat your customers is great.
You're going to stand out and you're going to be super,
So make sure you're thinking business-minded as well as how
much you're enjoying the animals.
Because if not, you're still not going to be successful.
Back to snakes, and the fact is is that you guys are going
to be producing some heat by now,
you're going to have a beautiful collection of maybe,
you know, 50, 60 animals,
maybe up to a hundred animals that are all incredible,
that are either visual clowns, visual pieds,
or a bunch of really cool het stuff that you're going to
want to keep now, to be totally honest with you,
by this time,
you may want to start getting rid of some of your earlier
animals, if you don't want too many.
Because they won't be as much,
that original founder stock of that spotnose het found.
She may not be that valuable for you.
As far as keeping now for me, I don't look at it that way.
I want to keep them because I think they're absolutely
But the fact is is that it is important to really put your
time into the right animals, right?
And the fact is is you can take this, the same thing I'm
doing now with the clowns and the pieds,
put it into any other project.
You want lavender albinos,
use lavender albinos and do the same type of thing.
You could do it just with piedball ball Python.
You could do it with monsoons, desert ghosts, you name it.
You could use this kind of template and actually use it
towards other projects.
If clown isn't the way you want to go or clown pied
isn't the way you want to go.
But the fact is is that if you use the template and you work
hard at it,
you can actually turn $1,000 into $100,000
Trust me, I've seen a lot of people do it.
And you always got to keep your eyes on the prize, right?
There's going to be a day where you're sitting here six
years into your project,
and you've got a clutch of eggs like this
14 eggs in this clutch right now.
And maybe this is the clutch you've been waiting for.
And the genetics have to be perfect.
And maybe there's three or four world's first animals in
here, but there's certainly going to be some
bangers because the genetics you're breeding now are
absolute grippers, right?
I'm telling you when you're into year six,
if you do everything right,
that's the year that you're going to turn that
$1,000 into $100,00 and it's going to be absolutely amazing.
And again, for me, it's not about the money for you,
I hope it's not about the money, but this is a template.
If you want to go in this direction,
because if your passion is to work with animals and to breed
snakes and stuff like that, this is the way you can
actually do it and you can be successful.
And you can look at not only myself,
but so many other people that have used the similar template
and within four or five, six years,
they actually become super successful.
Now the truth is, is if you have $10,000 To start with,
or $100,000 to start with, you're going to get there a lot
quicker because we've certainly seen people do that.
That have been able to sink a lot more money in and within
three or four years,
they're already at the mark that you want to get to,
but this is the way if you don't have a lot of money and
when you have these eggs,
you're going to be sitting here one day and you're gonna be
like, I finally made it.
And it's an incredible feeling.
So I hope that this helps you.
If you decide,
you want to follow your passion and you want to breed
snakes, or you want to work with animals,
I want to continue to reiterate that I don't breed snakes
really for money for any more.
But I wanted to show my experience the last 35 years of
experience and show you what
I would do to help you guys out.
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