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Old 02-13-2022, 10:45 PM   #1
Itinerary #23, February 15th, TENTATIVELY!! Please read the PSAs and NBs!!

PSA #1: I have a neuro surgery on March 31 with my "10-day" checkup on April 12. Most people require ~4 weeks to recover although ~2 weeks is possible, so, do NOT count on an April itinerary!! I will repeat this PSA next month.

PSA #2: There will be no more west coast, defined in this context as anything west of El Paso, TX (draw a line up to Canada), at least not during Winter, definitely not without a copilot, and preferably on a slower itinerary if I do resume. It is not fair to my much greater 'eastern clientele' who, for example, comprised 94% of my Shipments and 96% of my Stops on the last itinerary, to be pushed back 2-3 days (atop natural delays already putting me behind 3-4 days) for just a couple of Stops on the west coast. EXCEPTION: The Adrian, OR, Delivery You see here because it was supposed to go last month, but my hamstring messed that one up.

NOTA BENE #1: Departure date is tentative, id est, subject to delay!! I am first and foremost a breeder of 25 years, and February 14 is when I start taking my collection out of brumation and pairing my Naja spp. (Aspidelaps, Heterodon, Lampropeltis & Sistrurus are paired on March 1). Provided all goes well, departure on 2/15 shouldn't be a problem. The good news is that I will have Lois back in the saddle this month = faster, smoother itinerary!

NOTA BENE #2: I am raising my base Shipment rates (id est, not Extended Territory or Large Shipment surcharges) by $25 for February and possibly March (should have started this in December), for the simple reasoning that Winter consumes more gas (read here:, not to mention the natural struggles n' delays that come with Winter. 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 PA 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. 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 22 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

...Lois & I are hitting the road for our 23rd run on February 15, tentatively (see the NB above). 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:, and read all of the positive feedback on the first of the aforementioned links (11/3). Nota Bene: This original ad needs some serious revamping, ha, but You will get the gist of it.

I will detail how the process works which is quite simple honestly, via a pre-typed description that I copy/paste to everyone, and/or over a phone call. In the meantime, please check out the previous, ‘Texas-Bound’ 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 February 24, I have 24 Shipments/30 Stops lined up so far. See photos 2-4, and a Reply with one (1) photo, 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, 2/15
Markleton: Pickup x 2
Enola: Pickup
Sellersville: Pickup + Delivery (from Markleton Pickup)
Wednesday, 2/16
Huntington: Delivery (from us)
Taylorsville: Pickup x 2
Stokesdale: Delivery (from us)
Whitakers: Pickup x 2
Little River: Pickup
Boiling Springs: Pickup
Thursday, 2/17
Orlando: Pickup x 2 (nonvenomous)
Monticello: Pickup x 2, + Delivery (from Whitakers Pickup) (all nonvenomous)
Cleveland: Pickup x 2
Friday, 2/18
Kingsville: Delivery (from Enola Pickup)
San Antonio: Pickup (for us)
Schertz: Pickup
Burnet: Pickup + Delivery x 2 (from Taylorsville & Orlando Pickups)
Cleburne: Delivery (from Markleton Pickup)
Fort Worth: Pickup
Rhome: Delivery x 2 (from Whitakers & Orlando Pickups)
Saturday, 2/19
Aurora: Delivery (from Boiling Springs Pickup)
Kearney: Delivery (from Little River Pickup)
Sunday, 2/20
Alliance: Delivery (from Schertz Pickup)
Adrian: Delivery (from Monticello Pickup)
Monday, 2/21
***Got a flat tire at 20:15 CST that AAA wouldn't come out for due to weather, towed to a Super 8 for the night***
Tuesday, 2/22
***AAA finally came at about 10:00, then back on the road***
Grygla: Delivery x 2 (from Sellersville & Taylorsville Pickups)
***Stayed overnight in Brooklyn Park (Minneapolis), MN, to get $1,200 worth of car work done the next morning***
Wednesday, 2/23
***Car was worked on from 07:00-14:00 CST***
Thursday, 2/24
St. Augustine: Delivery (nonvenomous; from Burnet Pickup)
Friday, 2/25
Clayton: Pickup
Taylorsville: Pickup
Marion: Delivery (from Clayton Pickup)
Henrico: Delivery (from Fort Worth Pickup)
Purcellville: Delivery (from [second] Taylorsville Pickup)

Saturday, 2/26 (not depicted)
Hamburg Reptile Expo: Delivery x 2 (separate Customers; from Monticello & Cleveland Pickups)

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
Cell: (413) 427-4832
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Screenshot #4. Twenty-four (24) Shipments/30 Stops so far, keep'em comin'!!
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