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I've had my eye on some of John's animals for quite some time. Wish I would have taken the plunge years earlier! The Unicolor Cribo I received from John is a sensational animal. It is a healthy, robust, and outgoing individual that has become a favorite around here. To top it all off, John was more than willing to answer any and all of my questions through prompt emails. I was even lucky enough to talk to him at a show. John is a great guy with great animals. I will be doing business with him again in the very near future. 


      - Josh Trout, Upland, CA

Just finished a transaction for an Eastern Indigo from John. The snake came healthy, tame, and simply perfect.  John is awesome to deal with and answered emails and phone calls promptly and with enthusiasm. Great to deal with.  He was flexible in terms of payment plans, and honest. I ended up with a fantastic snake, and I'm a satisfied customer.


      -Eric Tillman, Central Pennsylvania


I purchased a pair of black tailed cribos last year from John and have been hooked since. I have become fascinated with the Drymarchon and Mussuranas. On top of the top notch animals John has provided me with, he also gives top notch advice and information whenever I asked. Very honest and open person who isn't consumed in the "industry secrets". I know the importance of new bloodlines in my collection but the truth is, I will continue to buy from Black Pearl until I have a pair of each Drymarchon kept in captivity just for the simple fact that I know not only the quality but the service will be some of the best in the hobby. And when the time comes to step outside of Black Pearl in search of new bloodlines, the first person I contact for advice will be John.. 


      - Joe Lyndaker, Arizona

I recently purchased a pair of black tail cribos from Black Pearl Reptiles.  My new snakes are gorgeous, healthy, and obviously of excellent quality. I couldn't be happier with the entire transaction from start to finish. My experience with John exemplifies excellent customer service. 


John has a willingness to answer calls and emails happily and quickly, perfect packing, prompt shipping, beautiful healthy animals and full after purchase partnership. I fully recommend Black Pearl Reptiles to anyone looking for quality snakes and excellent service!


      -Mike Delaney, Romeoville, Illinois

Un grand merci à John, pour son aide et sa confiance lors de l'acquisition de mes nouveaux Drymarchons ! Les animaux sont arrivés en France après un long voyage, en bonne santé et l'expérience serait à renouveler avec plaisir !


          - Charlotte Hubler, France

I recently purchased an Eastern Indigo from Black Pearl Reptiles and was not only completely satisfied with the animal, but was very impressed with their customer service. John Michels went above and beyond by contacting me months after my inquiry to inform me that he had an available animal. He then agreed to hold him for me for an extended period of time due to my upcoming vacation. I would not hesitate to purchase from them again, and highly recommend Black Pearl Reptiles to anyone looking for a quality reptile and incredible service. Thank you for my gorgeous baby indigo!


      -Sandrine Buntin, San Diego CA

I can't speak any better about my experience with Black Pearl Reptiles. Recently I purchased a pair of Black Tail Cribos from them. John Michels the owner was a pleasure to work with and was always prompt to reply to every one of  my one million questions. When the animals were delivered they arrived in perfect condition very well packaged and extremely healthy. John Michels continues to be available to help with any issues I might encounter and always with a prompt reply.  There is no doubt I will getting more animals from them in the near future.


      - Joel Escalona

Hiermit bedanke Ich mich für den reibungslosen und guten Ablauf von der Bestellung bis hin zum Versand. Die Tiere waren bei den Ankunft in sehr guter Verfassung und agil. Das Bild von den Schlangen und die, 

die Ich erhalten habe waren identisch von der Qualität. 

Danke für die gute Zusammenarbeit, werde gerne wieder auf dich zurück kommen. 


Mit freundlichen Grüßen


      -Michael Deckers, Germany

I have purchased 2 pied Mussurana snakes from John and both arrived very healthy and are doing very well.  It has been a pleasure to work with him.  For a good idea of how attentive to detail he is, how dedicated to improving breeding success, just listen to his audio talk on The Other Herpcast.  


      -Jeff Whitnack, Palo Alto, CA

I got my Eastern Indigo snakes from John at Black Pearl Reptiles.  From the USFWS permits, before and after sale conferencing, deposit and payment arrangements, and care instructions, I have never had a better experience buying anything, ever!


      -Thomas Bush

I just received a pair of Blacktail Cribos from John @ Black Pearl Reptiles. Wonderful snakes.  Excellent packaging. I look forward to doing more business in the very near future. I have a feeling he end up with a lot of my money. I will be buying my mussurana, yellowtail cribos, and lined pines from him, not to mention a few other things.  Thanks John!


      -Micah Chance, Casa Grande, Arizona


I received a lone male blacktail cribo from John. Beautiful snake, excellent packaging and prompt service. All in all- very professional. This is my second purchase from Black Pearl. Earlier I purchased 2.2 of his lined pines, and I will look forward to dealing with him again. Great guy, top-notch animals, real quality customer service and a total professional. You can't go wrong with Black Pearl Reptiles. 


      -Dave Johnston, Peoria, Illinois

Just wanted to say that John from Black Pearl Reptiles ( is a really good guy. I just completed a transaction with him, and he communicated with me very well throughout the transaction.  The snake I received from him is in very good condition. He packed the snake very well for transit and shipped it out right away. 


I will not hesitate to do business with him again. Thanks John!


      -Billy Brenner, New York


I'd also like to add my experience with John. We have been talking for several months now back and forth about snakes. He has great communication and some very nice animals. 


      -James Grubner, Amelia Island, Florida

I just got a pair of Mexican lined pines from John. They arrived in excellent health and look better than represented in his photos. The transaction was flawless, and he answered all of my emails in a very quickly!


      -Lucas Jennings, Port St. Lucie, Florida


Just finished my purchase of a baby female Mussurana from John at, and he was awesome the whole way through the entire process!! I was worried about how to feed one of these snakes since they are known snake eaters, and I wanted to be able to get mine onto frozen thawed rodents. He offered frozen thawed pinkies to all of his babies and gave me one of the ones that took f/t without any hesitance. John is truly a great, great guy and stands behind his animals with support and answers questions whenever I have them. He does all of this with a great and caring attitude! So glad I was able to purchase through him!!! Thanks so much John!!!!


      -Markus Lee, Tustin, California

I got my pair last week. Both are eating and looking AWESOME. I am very pleased with my transaction with John. Love these snakes.


      -Peter Jolles, Frederick, Maryland


I met John at Repticon in Costa Mesa, and I came into the show with a pet Hognose Snake in mind.  Once I got to his booth, he had the healthiest and most alert looking hognoses at the event.  After a couple of questions that he answered to me with enthusiasm, he gave me an amazing deal on a possible het normal, and I couldn't be more satisfied! If you're reading this testimonial to help you decide on doing business with John, don't hesitate! 


- Jasper Austria, Costa Mesa, California

Un très grand merci à John, de m'avoir permis de me procurer ces espèces magnifiques ! Merci aussi à lui, pour sa gentillesse et sa confiance. 

Ça faisait très longtemps, que je rêvais de pouvoir élever des Drymarchon. Mes 5 spécimens sont arrivés en très bonnes formes, malgré le long voyage qu'ils ont fait jusqu'en France. 

Je n'hésiterais pas à acheter une prochaine fois des animaux chez Black Pearl Reptiles.


- BAC Florian, Chantemerle-les-Blés, France 

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