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Business Issues

At HVH we breed, study, and sell snakes. While profit is not necessarily our primary objective (HVH is not our principal source of income, but we sure do like to make money), earning an economic return on our breeding projects is an important factor in helping defray the cost of maintaining a large collection. With that in mind, and understanding that many people involved in the reptile hobby today see in their snakes the opportunity to both pursue their hobby and at the same time earn a little income on the side, we thought we would spend some time sharing how we view the reptile breeding industry and our thoughts on running a successful breeding operation.

As with any livestock farming operation, breeding snakes can pay significant dividends. Hard work, however, is not enough. Success demands knowledge, discipline, and effective planning. The information below represents our view of how to think about operating a successful snake breeding enterprise, from understanding market demand to record keeping and financial planning.

Reptile Business Basics
Market Dynamics
  • Understanding Demand
  • Understanding Supply
  • Pricing
  • Long-Term Perspective
  • Regulation
Financial Planning
  • Basics
  • Balance Sheet
  • Zero-based Budgets
  • Cost of Production
  • Depreciation
  • Understanding Profit
  • Building a Plan
  • Book Keeping
  • Using Debt
Operating The Business
General Operations
  • Facilities
  • Feeding
  • Cleaning
Biological Planning
  • Feeding Strategies
  • Biological Cycles
  • Record Keeping
Sales and Marketing
  • Strategies
  • Media and Shows
  • Shipping
People involved in the reptile hobby today see in their snakes the opportunity to both pursue their hobby and at the same time earn a little income on the side.