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Post Number:#1  Unread postby skysthelimit » Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:21 pm


I have someone who wants rabbits as snake food. What should I charge? I can't find any prices to make a comparison.
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Re: Snake food

Post Number:#2  Unread postby MamaSheepdog » Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:26 pm


I'd probably go with at least $5 to $6 a pound. Check the local pet stores for feeder rat prices. I think even a small rat goes for around $4.
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Re: Snake food

Post Number:#3  Unread postby tnelsonfla » Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:29 pm


I would price the "pet" bunnies in your area, reptile stores normally carry them. Near me the "pets" go for $29 & $39, so the three reptile stores near me typically sell them for $19 or $25 dollars. Those rabbits are typically 3-5 lbs each.
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Re: Snake food

Post Number:#4  Unread postby Peach » Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:40 pm


Snake food actually goes for a decent price at our local pet store. $20 dollars a rabbit and it's about 4lbs. I feed extras to the reptiles my boyfriend and I share, but we also get jumbo rats for about $4? and about $2-$3 for other smaller sizes( we buy regularly and in bulk) from a breeder, where as it would be $10 a rat at the local pet store. I think to keep a regular customer, maybe give them a discount if they buy x amount of rabbits. I think $10-$15 a rabbit would be reasonable and they would come back for sure.

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Post Number:#5  Unread postby skysthelimit » Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:56 pm


Wow really? I need to find a reptile store around here. Pet buns on CL are around $10. Raw feeders want to pay less than $2/lb live weight. I was wondering how anyone every recoups any money for that price.
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Re: Snake food

Post Number:#6  Unread postby Nyctra » Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:58 pm


Rodentpro sells rabbits, you can peek at their prices; http://www.rodentpro.com/catalog.asp?pr ... en_rabbits

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Post Number:#7  Unread postby skysthelimit » Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:59 pm


Nyctra wrote:Rodentpro sells rabbits, you can peek at their prices; http://www.rodentpro.com/catalog.asp?pr ... en_rabbits



I looked at them, but I couldn't see how I could sell for those prices in this area. This is the land of everybody wants something for nothing.
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Re: Snake food

Post Number:#8  Unread postby Peach » Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:02 pm


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Re: Snake food

Post Number:#9  Unread postby skysthelimit » Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:09 pm


There is a reptile show, seems like every fourth Saturday of the month. Maybe I'll just go there and take a carrier full of fryers and see what happens.
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Re: Snake food

Post Number:#10  Unread postby Kyle@theWintertime » Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:14 pm


There are occasionally rabbits at the reptile show I attend (second sunday of each month for me)...but they are ALWAYS skinny, lanky things that don't look overly healthy. They only charge $10 per rabbit but they aren't worth even that. Plus I asked once what breed if any they are, and they bragged that they "only" use Flemish Giants because they are the premier commercial rabbit. They proceeded to tell me a giant steaming pie of misinformation. :roll:

I bet you could get a lot for some good fryers, honestly...reptile folk generally want the best for their very sensitive and exotic pets. :)
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Post Number:#11  Unread postby ZRabbits » Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:41 pm


We paid $20 for Willard, who was intended to be "snake food". He kind of stole my husband's heart with his little head tilt. But I would think as Kyle stated, reptile folk would want the best for their exotic pets. If you have good, healthy stock, why not ask for $20 a rabbit. I even thought (and still do) that route considering my Rabbit Vet is also into reptiles.

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Post Number:#12  Unread postby MKirst » Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:59 pm


skysthelimit wrote:I have someone who wants rabbits as snake food. What should I charge? I can't find any prices to make a comparison.


14 dollars a rabbit (all sizes small - large), 6.00 a rat (all sizes small - jumbo) mice are 2.50 (all sizes small - large)

Only one pet store sells live food around here and that's what they charge.

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Re: Snake food

Post Number:#13  Unread postby Peach » Fri Jul 20, 2012 9:01 pm


I never seen a rabbit vendor at the Repticon in Ga. Has me thinking of putting some of my future meat projects (as I gather a few more Rex for my boyfriend's showing and extra for my table) in maximum production around that time and selling feeders. I think that you might have great success. We won't feed anything sickly or lanky to our reptiles,so Kyle is right on the money with that. We also like a variety of sizes since there are a variety of snake sizes. To satisfy my tiger retic shes putting down usually 5 jumbo rats. I know I'll be having to feed her some rabbits soon. We feed all the snakes usually every other week.

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Post Number:#14  Unread postby skysthelimit » Fri Jul 20, 2012 9:05 pm


$20 is more than I can get for pet Rexes. This just might be the market!
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Re: Snake food

Post Number:#15  Unread postby ladysown » Fri Jul 20, 2012 9:07 pm


what I've learned from the three snake people I have is

1. they like 'em frozen (gets rid of mites etc)
2. they like a whole number so it's easy to do the math.
3. they will pay me $2/lb live weight even though there's a guy who sells cheaper because I don't feed medicated feed.
4. I can't get more than that in the current market.
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