Birthday parties.

When it is the end of the year you get a new crop of baby snakes.
End of the year and then the new year brings ilots of work, cleaning snake poos from bay serpents.
As this summary is being typed, we have a 4 year old Southern Death Adder Acanthophis antarcticus gravid (the technical term for pregnant) to her brother and a 3 year old red-bellied Black Snake pregnant to her brother and a few other pregnant snakes here.
The technical term for this is not knocked up, but that is what we call them here in Australia.
You have to batton down the hatches and put bums down and heads up to deal with a heap of unwanted baby snake and then the arrangement is as follows. In summary you should offload them as fast as you can and only hang onto what you need.
By law in Victoria, snake keepers such as ourselves are only allowed ten of any species of snake and as our company is close to maximum for most species already, so we must get rid of the babies pretty much as soon as they are born.
That is not quite as grim as it sounds as the cleaning and feeding snakes makes for lost time and time that we should be spending dealing with the other side of our business, which is doing educational hands on kids reptile parties in Melbourne, venomous snake shows and reptile handling courses in all parts of Australia and elsewhere including places like New Guinea, Indonesia and elsewhere in the world. Looking after snakes also gets in the way of our world leading scientific research on wildlife.
Because our core business is reptile education and wildlife conservation, we publish our breeding results in peer reviewed scientific journals when we get a chance as well as doing Australias only hands on reptile shows, venomous snake courses, emergency snake catching, handling and relocation and more.
We prefer people to learn things properly the first time, rather than making unnecessary mistakes as happens when they do courses and the like with inexperienced imitators.
With snakes in particular, a single mistake can end a person's life and so we work hard to avoid such incidents and that is why we prefer people to learn with us, rather than inexperienced imitators.
We are also always busy as we fight actions by animal haters to outlaw all private keeping of reptiles in Australia.
Snakebusters and the globally recognized snake man Raymond Hoser fought long and hard to defeat such bans here in Australia in the 1990s and we do not want to go back to the bad old days if we can in any way avoid it.
When it comes to reptile conservation, you are either with the snake man or against conservation. There is no middle ground.
If you are against reptile parties and what we stand for, then you are an eco-terrorist. It is that simple.
By the way, importantly, when we teach people about reptiles we do not demonize them and that is why we use the worlds deadliest snakes in every reptile show display and Melbourne kids reptile party show.
Its just to prove that they are not crazy killing machines wanting to kill at every opportunity.
The fact that the snake man Raymond Hoser and his highly trained staff are still alive and well and doing displays on a daily basis is proof of the fact.