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Dumbest Things Heard in a Pet Store

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by mldolan, Mar 1, 2008.

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  1. reptibeginer

    reptibeginer Member

    say guys i got one i ask this guy what other lizards i could keep with a wd and he told me yes a lot of people keep beardiees and wd together and this is supose to be a high end store in my area oh i just asked to see what he would say after reading this thread he was just tryinng to make a sale he even showed me a bd that was so badly cared for i wanted to take him to petco so he could get better care i did not have the150$ or i would have got him and took him to a rescue or something
  2. ryanpb

    ryanpb Elite Member

    Wow, he must have been in bad shape if you wanted to take him to a petco. lol. Same as the leos, we have to put them on sand, even the babies.
  3. 904cresteds

    904cresteds Elite Member

    if he was super rreally bad then youll have to take him to petsmart!!!!xD lol
  4. ryanpb

    ryanpb Elite Member

    **shudder** Petsmart, **shudder** i dunno about the petsmart near you, but even petcos a step up around here. Last time i was in a petsmart they had green tree frogs and a red eyed tree frog in the same tank, not to mention the space they give there reptiles is ridiculous, i could go on, but im sure your all familiar...
  5. 904cresteds

    904cresteds Elite Member

    it was sarcasim lol petco is better then petsmart by!xD
  6. ryanpb

    ryanpb Elite Member

    Well it can change, if there was one or more very knowldegable associates at a petsmart, and a petco in the same town without any good associates the petsmart would probaly have better cared for animals, but on average petcos are definitly better. petco has standards all the animal cages must comply to, I just finished going through and redoing every reptile tank in the store and getting them "up to code". They tell you exactly how each different tank must be set up. I dont really like them completly, because given more free reign i could set up better tanks, but the standards have displaying animals, more than providing for animals in mind. but in stores without anyone with reptile experience the standards are a decent minimum.
  7. MRHickey

    MRHickey Elite Member

    I can understand that they have display as a priority, but you can display animals in such a way that they look good and still have proper care.

    My favorite quote is always going to be "corns and kings are from the same place so they can be housed together."

    I was walking into petsmart and they had corns and kings advertised under the same tank, I went over to their "specialist" and was informed that they had been like that for a week and nothing had happened. I tried to explain to him what he had done, and that was the response he gave me. I asked if he had sold any, and he said no, so I asked if I could see the california king, and one of the albino corns, he found them both, the kings was squeezing the life out of the corn so it made it pretty easy. Funny enough there were no other corns in the tank, and some fat happy kings.

    I was told that they must have escaped, or been sold while he wasn't there.
  8. ryanpb

    ryanpb Elite Member

    Wow. Petsmart just dropped another rung in my book...
  9. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    At least the kings were well fed!:rolleyes:
  10. MRHickey

    MRHickey Elite Member

    This is true, the one animal there that was fat and happy

    By their justification, you could keep any animal with any other animal that is found in the same place in small quarters and expect that they will stay small and happy.

    hmmm... scientific wheels turning... I wonder, if you stick a petsmart specialist in a small rubbermaid tote box would they adapt well to a captive environment, you could have your very own moron... you could probably even get away with feeding it just bread and water if you conditioned it right. I'm sure they don't really like to be let out, infact that would probably stress them too much as ther is too much out there and they could easily be overwhelmed, they don't even need lights or anything, and for what most of them are worth, you would never have to go see a vet, just let them die peacefully and then get another. Oh, and let's not forget, the southern ones are from the same place as cotton mouths and copperheads, so they would make excellent cage mates.

    I'll bet there is a market for that somewhere.
  11. Og_

    Og_ Elite Member

    OK, Let's keep it above the belt.LOL;)
  12. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

  13. Sk8gal

    Sk8gal Elite Member

    The dumbest things I have been told in a petstore are:
    "Feeding any crickets will kill your turtle"
    "To much water will drown your Red-Eared Slider"
    The RES they had was about 7 inches in a ten gallon tank, the water was only 2 inches high...
  14. Hedge

    Hedge Elite Member

    I'm bloody glad we don't have petco or petsmart over here!
  15. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    and the ever-popular "keep your animal on calci-sand"
  16. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    The chain stores don't have a monopoly on ignorance.
    I have heard some pretty stupid stuff in the small stores as well.
  17. Typhanie

    Typhanie Elite Member

    No kidding. The little privately owned one here is just awful. It makes PetSmart look like an absolute palace.

    They have all the reptiles in a little room you can't get into, and you're looking through glass at them. Sounds good, right, except the tanks they're being kept in are awful. The last time I was in there, there was a sign on a 20 g tank (I'm being generous. It might actually have been a 10 g) announcing 3 different types of turtles and tortoises inside, and there were at least 30 baby turtles and tortoises all cramped and squashed together inside that tank. It was awful. And he'd done that with all kinds of reptiles.

    On the other side of the store he had a savanna monitor and a sulcata tortoise in the same enclosure. Both were fully grown, or at least close, and being kept on repti-bark in an enclosure that was really too small for either animal on its own. On the enclosure was a sign demanding that the anonymous person who had written to tell him that these animals were not being cared for right should come and "inform" him on how to do it better (very sarcastic). I just about lost it and would probably have said something if the owner had actually been there.

    I really wish I could start my own pet store and put that guy out of business. He's horrible with all his animals. I can't even go in there most of the time, or I get really upset and it ruins my whole day.
  18. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    There is a store here that has 3 sulcatas in what looks like a horse trough. Just enough room for them to get by one another. I want to say they are the size of basket balls and all 3 of them have horrible pyramiding. A friend of mine who goes there says its because the were rescued and have been there forever... i hope that's the case. Anyway, i hate going in there, because none of the reptile tanks look even close to clean.
  19. Hedge

    Hedge Elite Member

    I guess you're right there merlin.
  20. stano40

    stano40 Elite Member

    Most are kids that work in stores like Petco. They want a job, so they say, "Sure, I know a lot about those animals or reptiles and they're hired. My wife recently walked into a Petco and was looking at the baby corn snakes. My wife had around her neck an adult corn snake, "Red" to be exact who is about 6'. The young person who works with reptiles asked what kind of snake that was and when my wife told her a corn snake she said, "No Way, do they don't get that big, do they"?

    It would be nice if these managers, of these type of Pet stores would educate their staff or at least encourage them to do research into the reptiles or animals they are to care for.
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