For Sale Itinerary #25, May 3!! Get Your orders in and ready for transport!!


Aug 9, 2010
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Central City, PA, USA
NOTA BENE #1: Surgery went, and recovery has been going, very well, so yes, I am confident to hit the road again next week and to do just fine. :) And yes, I have made this ad earlier than usual because of the lapse since last itinerary, to get everybody back into the swing of things, but it changes almost daily, so, expect updates. I will boost the ad with a Reply a day or two before departure, which is typically when I make these, as a reminder to departure, and as always, Stops (Shipments) can be added after departure.

NOTA BENE #2 / PSA #1: WEST COAST HAS BEEN CALLED OFF THIS ROUND!! It has simply proven not feasible with less than three (3) Stops out there, where, exempli gratia, if just that Reno, NV-->Grygla, MN Shipment was a go on its own, would have cost $500+ in gas alone, which I would have had to charge $550+ to maybe break even. Two (2) other prospective Shipments had fallen off: Olyphant, PA-->Sacramento, CA and Tucson, AZ-->Linwood, NC, leaving no choice but for the Customer (Recipient) of the Reno/Grygla Shipment to cancel, whereas all three (3) would have made for somewhat reasonable fees ($225-$300).

NOTA BENE #3: I had raised my base Shipment rates (id est, not Extended Territory or Large Shipment surcharges) by $25 in February, and until gas comes down again, they will remain. Here is the price matrix for this month, for multiple Pickups going to one (1) Customer (Recipient), in simplest form:

One (1) Pickup = $150
Two (2) Pickups = $275
Three (3) Pickups = $375
A fourth or more Pickups will be $75/ea on top of the $375.

Further NOTA BENE: This is when ALL Stops, id est all Pickups + Delivery, are within Standard Territory, id est: All of Pennsylvania down the east coast to Tampa, across the Gulf down to San Antonio, over to Abilene and straight up through the eastern halves/portions of OK/KS/NE, lower portion of MN, lower halves of WI and MI, all of MO/IA/IL/IN/OH, and everything within.

Id est, exempli gratia; if just one (1) Stop, whether Pickup or Delivery, is in El Paso, this will incur a $50 surcharge; if in Odessa, a $25 surcharge. These examples are part of Extended Territory. Perhaps an unusual and extreme, but applicable example for this itinerary, is a Pickup in Reno, NV, for Delivery in Grygla, MN; Reno is a $100 surcharge, and Grygla is a $50 surcharge = $300 total ($150 [base charge] + $100 + $50), especially with how expensive gas is on the West Coast. However, with so few Stops (Shipments) out there, I have to charge $350.

Exceptionally large Shipments still incur their own surcharge (possibly on top of an Extended Territory surcharge), whether a single large animal (exempli gratia, an adult D. polylepis, O. hannah or Lachesis sp.), a large pair of animals (e.g., full-grown B. rhinoceros), or a gazillion animals.


Greetings Everyone,

For those who were a part of any of the first 24 itineraries, or who at least followed the corresponding ads:

November 3:
November 17:
November 30:
December 15:
December 29:
January 11:
January 28:
February 8:
March 2:
March 23:
April 13:
May 4:
May 19:
June 15:
July 13:
August 10:
August 24:
September 15:
October 19:
November 15:
December 6:
January 11
February 15:
March 8:

...Lois and I will be hitting the road again on May 3. For those who are unaware of what all of this pertains to, please read my original ‘(VENOMOUS) ANIMAL DELIVERY SERVICE’ ad posted on 4 September 2020:, finally revamped on 7 May 2022, and read all of the positive feedback on the first of the aforementioned links (11/3).

I will detail how the process works which is quite simple honestly, via a pre-typed description that I copy/paste to everyone, and over a phone call if need be. In the meantime, please check out the previous ads for an idea of how these itineraries work, the smooth flow n’ logical order of Pickups and Deliveries that is, and infer what You can.

As of May 8, we have 29 Shipments/45 Stops lined up so far. See photos 2-4, and a Reply with three (3) photos, for Google Maps screenshots of the current itinerary, and the corresponding list here (id est, 'currently' because more Stops [Shipments] will likely be added which, logically, will alter the itinerary, but which all affected Sellers and Customers will be apprised of renewed ETAs ASAP):

Tuesday, 5/3
Parma: Pickup x 2
East Stroudsburg: Pickup
Wednesday, 5/4
Purcellville: Delivery (from Parma Pickup)
Jackhorn: Pickup
Charleston: Delivery (from Parma Pickup)
Ridgeland: Pickup x 4
Thursday, 5/5
St. Augustine: Delivery (nonvenomous; from us)
Tallahassee: Pickup (nonvenomous)
McKinney: Delivery (from Ridgeland Pickup)
Frisco: Pickup
Denton, TX: Pickup + Delivery (from Jackhorn Pickup)
Rhome: Pickup
Friday, 5/6
Houston (Gulf Fwy): Delivery (from Rhome Pickup)
Houston (S Sam Houston Pkwy E): Pickup
Brenham: Pickup + Delivery (from Tallahassee Pickup)
Austin: Delivery (from us)
Burnet: Delivery (from East Stroudsburg Pickup)
San Antonio: Pickup
Saturday, 5/7
Cambridge: Delivery (from Frisco Pickup)
Omaha: Pickup
Sunday, 5/8
Carthage: Pickup x 2
Aurora: Delivery (from us)
O'Fallon: Delivery (from Omaha Pickup)
Coal City: Delivery (from Ridgeland Pickup)
Monday, 5/9
Martinsville: Delivery (from Ridgeland Pickup)
Indianapolis (Community Pl): Delivery (from Ridgeland Pickup)
Indianapolis (E 96th St): Pickup
Dayton: Delivery (from San Antonio Pickup)
Jackhorn: Delivery (from Denton, TX, Pickup)
Stokesdale: Delivery (from Houston Pickup)
Greensboro: Delivery (from Indianapolis Pickup)
Denton, NC: Pickup
Tuesday, 5/10
Sumter: Delivery (from Carthage Pickup)
Moncks Corner: Delivery (from Denton, NC, Pickup)
Fort Lauderdale: Pickup x 2 (frozen Burms)
Wednesday, 5/11
Ridgeland: Pickup x 3
Charleston: Delivery (from Fort Lauderdale Pickup)
Enola: Pickup
Thursday, 5/12
Virginia Beach: Delivery (from Enola Pickup)
East Stroudsburg: Delivery (from [second] Ridgeland Pickup)
Matamoras: Delivery (from Brenham Pickup)
Butler: Delivery (from [second] Ridgeland Pickup)
Irwin: Delivery (from Carthage Pickup)
Friday, 5/13
Dayton: Delivery (from [second] Ridgeland Pickup)
Parma: Delivery (from Fort Lauderdale Pickup)

~10,256 miles, divided by ~30 MPG = 342 gallons, times $4.328/gal (AAA National Average as of 5/9, having increased 1-2 cents per day since at least 4/26 when it was $4.123) = $1,480 in gas, let alone wear n' tear (e.g., synthetic LOF every month, tires every ~3 months), tolls, food, et cetera. Not that anyone has ever given me issue on my transport fee, knock on wood, and I thank You All for Your understanding and acceptance, but this is to explain why rates had increased in February should there ever be any question or complaint, and further to explain surcharges for Extended Territory (exempli gratia: $25 to Odessa, TX, $50 to El Paso, TX, $75 to Tucson, AZ, $100-$150 west of Tucson [the latter depending on how many Stops (Shipments) on the West Coast there are]).

Nota Bene: Deliveries from us will not show a Pickup, nor will Pickups for us show a Delivery. This is to explain any discrepancy in the number of Pickups to the number of Deliveries, and, ultimately, to the number of Shipments I claim. The intention is to depict everywhere we are stopping and traveling through in case You have something to add. Also, added Shipments do not necessarily mean added Stops if both Pickup and Delivery are locations we are already hitting up. Id est, added Shipments will not necessarily add time (save playing Tetris to fit everything as well as more animals to inspect in our daily inspections).

Please share these ads like wildfire! The more Shipments the merrier! And as far as payment options and quotes, please inquire.

I thank You in advance for Your (continuing) patronage!! I offer many benefits to my service, including but not limited to: Daily inspections with videos of each animal sent as proof (Customers love this!); conditional live arrival guarantee (ask for terms or details); no special crating nor IATA labels; hand-delivery to Your home, work or public place of Your choice; flexibility and versatility including able to change course last minute (e.g. from home to work); direct communication (and timely responses) with the carrier of Your precious gems.

Give Obscure Gems Reptiles’ Animal Transport Service a shot, You will not be disappointed!!


Timothy Gould
Obscure Gems Reptiles
[email protected]
Cell: (413) 427-4832


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Screenshots #4-6. Twenty-nine (29) Shipments/45 Stops so far, keep'em comin'!!


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