after working at a pet chain in scarborough i can tell you that the initial cost for CH ball pythons is ALOT less than what was stated above.
We were ordering these guys at 15$ a pop!!! I would estimate that they had a 25% chance of living after all of the shipping around they underwent. pet stores are the root of the problem!!! These stores order in such mass quantity, no wonder people ship them so cheap. My store brought in 15 ball pythons.. All CH specimens and I believe only 1-2 survived the first week. I mean we were told they were still on their yolk sacks and havent undergone their first shed!!!! Talk about pathetic!