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A quick question

Postby Jedi Biscuit » Tue Jan 27, 2015 2:08 pm

I am wanting to buy a 9 week old baby Green Iguana and the breeder is wanting to charge extra for it to be sexed. Is it difficult to sex them at this age? If so I understand the extra fee but if not am I being charged for something I shouldn't be??? Sorry I just don't want to make a scene for nothing
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Re: A quick question

Postby Ales » Tue Jan 27, 2015 5:10 pm

Did the breeder mention how he/she is going to be sexed? They are very difficult to sex as babies and if the breeder is going to charge you for it then I hope it's something more reliable, like probing, as sexing them visually is just a guess.
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Re: A quick question

Postby Ruan Stander » Tue Jan 27, 2015 5:12 pm

Well I don't think of it as an extra charge, it's just that the value of an animal increases slightly if its sex is known.
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Re: A quick question

Postby Jedi Biscuit » Wed Jan 28, 2015 2:34 pm

His reasoning behind the extra charge was because it will take time out of his day to do so. I breed snakes and I will gladly sex my snakes for free if the customer wants to know, I just thought it might be a blood test or something like that which has bought on the extra charging. Also this is the first I have heard of someone charging just so that you may know what you are buying. Any pet shop with sex their animals for free. I just wanted to know so that I don't put two male iguanas together.
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Re: A quick question

Postby Ruan Stander » Wed Jan 28, 2015 7:41 pm

Agreed, if he's just gonna probe the animal I see no reason to charge for it.
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Re: A quick question

Postby Bushviper » Thu Jan 29, 2015 12:40 pm

Sexing iguanas is not that easy. If he is going to charge extra get a receipt in writing and work out what the penalties will be if he gets it wrong. If it is going to be surgically sexed by a reputable vet then that will be worth the extra costs. If he is just going to fiddle around with a probe then I would be skeptical.
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