Originally posted by mark129er
I know that part of the problem is the breeder distributing animals far too young, but the petstore must share in the blame.
Actually many of the herps in pet stores do not in fact come from breeders, but rather from importers. A lot of the animals are WC or CH/CB, not captive bred. Wouldn't necessarily say a snake that has eaten two meals at store to be too young... generally snakes are sent on their way after around 4 on average from breeders, and chances are many of those animals have eaten before they arrived at the store. Stores do not accept animals to hold on to them, they aquire them to sell asap.