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Old 01-03-2023, 10:52 PM   #1
Itinerary #33, January 10th!! Please read the NBs, at least #1-3!!

NOTA BENE #1: Please be looking for my separate, PSA 'ad' soon! It is a proposition that may appeal to a few.

NOTA BENE #2: For established Clients, I am accepting cash payments again and will even encourage them to some degree; id est, I need to make sure there are enough electronic payments to pay for gas because I don't make cash deposits until I am home from itineraries, not that I can't pay for gas with cash, but I receive points and discounts with my GasBuddy, Shell, Exxon and BP rewards programs, and it's much easier, quicker n' nicer paying at the pump - especially during Winter. As well; with income to finally be on paper this month, I plan to finance a vehicle within the next few months, and so, even though cash deposits should be seen as valid income, I would prefer the majority of payments to be electronic. First-time Clients will need to pay electronically.

NOTA BENE #3: Payments are to be made IN FULL before departure for any Shipments confirmed prior to departure!!! ...and immediately for any Shipments confirmed after departure!!! And there will be NO refund for a canceled Shipment if I have already departed and configured the itinerary to accommodate the Shipment!!!

Does Delta allow You to pay days or weeks after Pickup? NO!!! So, NO MORE paying days or weeks after Delivery!!! If my service is too expensive to pay up front, go with Delta, plain n' simple! This service is expensive for me, and I am sick of waiting on payments sometimes, such as $150 still owed from last itinerary (as of 01/11/23) - money already spent on gas, tolls and wear n' tear delivering that Shipment! Corny metaphor: Think of the $100-$125 most Sellers charge for Delta as a restaurant bill, and the extra $25 ($50 during Winter) for my service as the tip...and You shouldn't dine out unless You can tip appropriately (20% every time from me, 15% minimum for horrible service...I know how the restaurant business goes, ha, having worked in it). But then, many people don't tip... *Annoyed emoji*

For the occasional Client who has repeatedly proven him/herself, if he/she has a very good reason and provides me ample notice, I will allow a li'l leeway IF the majority of payments are in.

NOTA BENE #4: The Winter rate for one (1) Pickup going to a Customer (Recipient) is still $175, and the reasoning can be read in the article, Fuel Economy in Cold Weather: It should come back down to $150 in the Spring. The WINTER PRICE MATRIX is below.

NOTA BENE #5: For future itineraries consisting of 40+ Shipments, I am compiling a list of experienced drivers to call from to fill the role of copilot. Payout will be:

First 50 Shipments @ $25/Shipment
Over 50 Shipments @ $40/Shipment

Exempli gratia; a 40-Shipment itinerary will pay out $1,000, a 50-Shipment itinerary will pay out $1,250, and a 64-Shipment itinerary like in September 2022 will pay out $1,810. I may throw little bonuses on top.

All food, beverage, toiletries, charger, and anything else necessary for the itinerary will be paid for by me.

Please inquire for the explicit nature of the service, thank You.

NOTA BENE #6: Please follow this link to my Obscure Gems Reptiles, LLC, page:, and read my Conditional Live Arrival Guarantee (more like Exemptions from Live Arrival Guarantee) and Payment Terms & Conditions, the latter Pinned to the top of the page.


WINTER PRICE MATRIX (for multiple Pickups being delivered at the same time, to one [1] Destination)

One (1) Pickup = $175
Two (2) Pickups = $325
Three (3) Pickups = $450
Four (4) Pickups = $550
Five (5) Pickups = $650
Six (6) Pickups = $750
Successive Pickups will continue to be $100/ea on top of the $750.

Another way of wording it:

1st Pickup = $175
2nd Pickup = $150
3rd Pickup = $125
4th Pickup = $100
5th Pickup = $100
6th Pickup = $100
Successive Pickups will continue to be $100/ea.

NOTA BENE: This is per itinerary by the way, not in the whole history of using my service. Id est; a Client during my July 2022 itinerary thought that using my service a second time (successive itinerary), Shipments (Pickups) would only be $125 for that second itinerary (or in the case of Winter, $150), and so on. No. This is not how that works. The first Shipment (Pickup) of an itinerary will always be $150 ($175 during Winter), and so on down the (Winter) Price Matrix from there.

Also, 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 San Angelo and straight up through the greater eastern halves/portions of OK/KS/NE, up to Minneapolis, the lower halves of WI and MI, and everything within. Create imaginary latitudinal and longitudinal lines if You will, and there You have it. This is all give-or-take by the way; id est, I don't cut hairs.

Id est; for each Stop, whether Pickup or Delivery, outside of Standard Territory, there will be a surcharge. This is called Extended Territory. Examples:

$25: Fort Myers, FL; Laredo, Lubbock & Odessa, TX; Alliance, NE
$50: Miami, FL; El Paso, TX; Cheyenne, WY; Grygla, MN
$75: Amado, Tucson & Phoenix, AZ

Very rarely, a Shipment will incur both the Seller and Customer (Recipient) being in Extended Territories, in which there will be two (2) surcharges. Exempli gratia: El Paso, TX-->Alliance, NE would be $225 total: $150 (base fee) + $50 (El Paso surcharge) + $25 (Alliance surcharge). (Or, in the case of Winter, a $175 base fee, yielding a total of $250 for that particular example.)

ADDENDUM: If there are multiple Shipments associated with an Extended Territory Stop, whether incoming and/or outgoing, or associated with the general region, I will lessen everyone's costs - all of the way down to the standard rate if possible, and it often only requires 2 or 3 Shipments associated with such a Stop or region to come down that low! 'The more the merrier', which makes it more worthwhile to go to these Extended Territories where business is otherwise skimpy, if instead there is more business. I hate the idea of my surcharges, but I need to be fair to myself via not cutting my own throat...southern Florida, west Texas and northern Minnesota aren't exactly cakewalks LOL.

Exceptionally large Shipments still incur their own surcharge (possibly on top of an Extended Territory surcharge[s]), 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. It is typically a $25 or $50 surcharge.


Greetings Everyone,

For those who were a part of any of the first 32 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:
May 3:
June 14:
July 12:
August 9:
September 13:
October 11:
November 9:
December 6:

...I will be hitting the road again on January 10. 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 (11/3/20).

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 January 8, I have 33 Shipments/48 Stops lined up so far. See photos 2-6, and a Reply with one (1) photo, for Google Maps screenshots of the current itinerary, and the corresponding list here (id est, 'current' because more Stops [Shipments] will likely be added which, logically, will alter the itinerary, but which all affected Sellers and Customers [Recipients] will be apprised of renewed ETAs ASAP):

Tuesday, 1/10
Carlisle, PA: Pickup
Lykens, PA: Pickup
Lehighton, PA: Pickup
Bushkill, PA: Pickup x 2
NYC: Pickup (nonvenomous)
West Chester, PA: Delivery (from Omaha Pickup in December 2022)
Wednesday, 1/11
Aliquippa, PA: Pickup x 2
Parma, OH: Pickup x 2
New Buffalo, MI: Delivery (from Omaha Pickup in December 2022)
Parma Pickup)
Thursday, 1/12
Indianapolis, IN: Pickup (nonvenomous) + Delivery (nonvenomous; from Parma Pickup)
Florence, KY: Pickup
Seneca, SC: Pickup x 2, Delivery (from Parma Pickup)
Charleston, SC: Delivery (from Indianapolis Pickup)
Friday, 1/13
Ridgeland, SC: Pickup
Loxahatchee, FL: Delivery (nonvenomous; from NYC Pickup)
Saturday, 1/14
Slidell, LA: Delivery (from Lykens Pickup)
Iuka, MS: Delivery (from Brookville Pickup)
Sunday, 1/15
Union, MO: Pickup + Delivery (from Aliquippa Pickup)
Ballwin, MO: Delivery (from Bushkill Pickup)
Fond du Lac, WI: Delivery x 2 (from Seneca & Ridgeland Pickups)
Monday, 1/16
Grygla, MN: Pickup x 2, + Delivery (from Union Pickup)
Tuesday, 1/17
Lincoln, NE: Delivery x 2 (from Carlisle Pickup, and from me)
Alliance, NE: Pickup
Cheyenne, WY: Pickup + Delivery (from Florence Pickup)

Plan to stay in a motel which I allow ≈10 hours for.

Wednesday, 1/18
El Paso, TX: Pickup
Kermit, TX: Delivery (from Seneca Pickup)
Thursday, 1/19
Sherman, TX: Pickup
Burnet, TX: Pickup
Marble Falls, TX: Delivery (from El Paso Pickup)
Austin, TX: Delivery (from Lehighton Pickup)
San Antonio, TX: Delivery (from Sherman Pickup)
Friday, 1/20
Brenham, TX: Delivery (from Bushkill Pickup)
Magnolia, TX: Pickup + Delivery (from Grygla Pickup)
Houston, TX: Delivery (from Omaha Pickup in December 2022)
Arnaudville, LA: Dropping off Kandin with family
Naples, TX: Pickup
Saturday, 1/21
Union, MO: Delivery x 2 (from Grygla & Alliance Pickups)
Sunday, 1/22
Parma, OH: Pickup
Huntington, WV: Delivery (from Cheyenne Pickup)
Hartsville, SC: Pickup
Monday, 1/23
Ridgeland, SC: Pickup x 2
Chesapeake, VA: Delivery (from [second] Ridgeland Pickup)
Richmond, VA: Delivery (from Naples Pickup)
West Chester, PA: Delivery (from Burnet Pickup)
Tuesday, 1/24
Phoenixville, PA: Delivery (from [second] Ridgeland Pickup)
Matamoras, PA: Delivery (from Parma Pickup)
Mansfield, PA: Delivery (from Hartsville Pickup)
Renovo, PA: Delivery (from Magnolia Pickup)

≈12,330 miles, divided by ≈30 MPG ≈ 411 gallons, times $3.281/gal (AAA National Average as of 1/8) ≈ $1,349 in gas, let alone wear n' tear (e.g., synthetic LOF every month/$80, tires every ≈3 months/$700), tolls (≈$200/mo.), food ($400-$500 w/copilot, ≈$200 solo), 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 March 2021 should there ever be any question or complaint, and to further explain surcharges for Extended Territories (see above) which are extended because they have very few Clients/very little business, in which I need to compensate to go out to those territories for 1 or 2 Stops.

Nota Bene: These Google Maps GPS screenshots aren't entirely accurate, as I use Apple Maps from Stop-to-Stop, and from Chandler, AZ-->Cheyenne, WY in the July 2022 itinerary for example, Apple Maps took me up through Utah to I-70E, which I was on for 318 miles, not what You see depicted there in Google Maps. Also, added Shipments do not necessarily mean added Stops if both Pickup and Delivery are locations I am 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 my 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 (see link above for terms and 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, LLC’s, Animal Transport Service a shot, You will not be disappointed!!


Timothy Gould
Obscure Gems Reptiles, LLC
Cell: (413) 427-4832
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Old 01-08-2023, 11:34 PM   #2
Screenshot #6

Screenshot #6. Thirty-three (33) Shipments/48 Stops so far, keep'em comin'!!
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Old 01-12-2023, 12:27 PM   #3
If you're going all that way north how TF are you going to visit Swaggers??!!!!

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