I think people sould just not sell to minors without a parent or Legal Gaurdian period!
I haven't bothered to read the BOI thread, so I'm not sure exactly how this played out. The thing is, especially with all the online dealings that happen nowadays, it's hard to tell if the person on the other end is a 14 year old kid or a 30 year old adult. 14 year olds tend to 'sound' different in emails(spelling, grammar, etc), but you could just be dealing with stupid 30 year old, you never know. I'd rather not deal with either, but you just can't tell. If this 14 year old said
he was over 18 just to get the snake while avoiding telling the parents, it's not the seller's fault IMO.