OK, I've got a question for y'all. When seeking advice on care for your pets (specifically reptiles, but this could apply to any pet), how do you determine who to trust advice wise or which pieces of advice to follow from someone. For example, I've been trying to revamp my turtle's enclosure. The way I had it before was making it too dry and it was doing bad things to her shell. So I went to a local pet store that I know specializes in reptiles and from whom I've gotten good advice in the past (like giving her cuttlebone to chew on). A product called Vitashell was recommended to me to put on her shell to help it because it looked so "funky" after being dried out. And it worked wonders....her shell looks gorgeous. Now I find out that, essentially, all I'm doing is "waxing" her shell. Pretty to look at but not really healthy for her. And the substrate for her enclosure......one person said to use wood chips designed for reptiles. Another suggested just sand. Now someone has told me that it should be "organic top soil" and peat moss. One person says to get her beak trimmed. Another says that, unless it is affecting her eating, leave it alone. I dealt with the same thing with my cats when I first got them (everyone said Feline Pine was the way to go litter-wise.......my cats made their opinion on THAT idea clear super quick). And Dexter, my ball python. There are people who swear up and down that I should only feed him in a separate feeding box. But he's quite content to eat in his enclosure and he's never tried to strike at me. Now, of course, I'm struggling with a substrate issue there.....started using reptile woodchips for him too (having a real battle with keeping up the humidity in the bigger tank)......but now (when he finally decides to eat again), I need to use a feed box so he doesn't ingest the wood chips (which aren't even helping to keep the humidity up, btw). Now, I really want to do what is best for all of my pets. But I'm starting to feel like I'm dropping a LOT of money (which I can't really afford to do) on stuff that isn't helping, isn't working, is completely wrong and, in the case of the Vitashell, may even be detrimental. So I'm asking......how do you figure out who to listen to? It's not like I listen to ever Tom, Rich and Harry that offers an opinion. I try to seek out people who are knowledgeable and who have provided good advice in the past......but STILL I'm not doing right. HELP????