There ought to be a law... - Dendroboard
Dendroboard

Go Back   Dendroboard > Miscellaneous > The Lounge
Register Blogs FAQ Calendar Mark Forums Read Advertise

Support Our Sponsors
No Threads to Display.

facebook

Like Tree4Likes
  • 1 Post By Mantella71
  • 1 Post By darterfrog4774
  • 2 Post By Ed

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 09-04-2015, 07:05 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 28
Thanks: 0
Thanked 4 Times in 1 Post
Default There ought to be a law...

I have to get something off my chest- there's a local pet store that specializes in fish but expanded into reptiles and amphibians. You would think experience with fish would attune them to precise environmental conditions. So what do I see in the Herp section? Every damn lizard is kept the same: heat lamp, wood chippings, water and food bowls. It doesn't matter if you are a chameleon or a leopard gecko or a uromastyx, you get the same setup. I know pet stores tend to be minimalist and modular when it comes to setups, but would it kill them to look at some of the care books THEY SELL and realize you don't keep the green anoles at 80 degrees next to a uromastyx with a 115 degree hotspot?
The worst offense happened to be the amphibians. I know I am planning a more modest viv setup than many people here, but I would not dare think of plopping a dart frog in a tank with a water bowl, bare dirt with no plants, and a uvb bulb. Yet this is the grand design for a 'mint' terriblis.
I have no patience with people trying to ban pet reptiles and so forth. However, I would seriously consider a regulatory approach to pet stores. At the very least I want to see a world where pet store employees are not as dumb as a rock. Unfortunately, being an idiot is not illegal, otherwise half of the government would be in jail.
So...is it this bad everywhere? Is it a universal principle that pet stores suck for actually, you know, acquiring a pet? Or have I lucked out on a particularly bad apple?
(See, THIS is why I am doing most of my stuff through recommended vendors on here.)
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 09-04-2015, 11:51 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Pasadena, MD
Posts: 219
Thanks: 2
Thanked 14 Times in 13 Posts
Default Re: There ought to be a law...

Unfortunately i have seen the same in most pet stores but some employees/stores actually do the research to properly set up decent enclosures. If i see an enclosure that is totally incorrect i try to educate someone in charge of reptiles. Knowledge, education and little love go along way.
Enlightened Rogue likes this.
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 09-06-2015, 05:09 PM
darterfrog4774's Avatar
TWI/ASN
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 95
Thanks: 8
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Default Re: There ought to be a law...

At a lot of the chain stores, many employees want to make the animal cages better, but management doesn't allow it. So please be careful when you try to educate people, as in may seem condescending to them if they know the stuff.
FroggyKnight likes this.
Reply With Quote
 
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 09-07-2015, 03:10 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Pasadena, MD
Posts: 219
Thanks: 2
Thanked 14 Times in 13 Posts
Default Re: There ought to be a law...

Agreed, but doesn't hurt to try. I used to do pest control to many of the big name stores and they told me the same thing. Obviously upper management only cares about $. Most of their revenue comes from supplies.
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 09-30-2015, 04:01 AM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Cleveland, OH
Posts: 51
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

I used to work at a local pet store chain in Cleveand. Most of the employees are high school kids looking for beer money. Management won't hire anybody for more than minimum wage, period. Management is also directed to keep the reptiles on a poor feeding schedule. People want cute baby pets, not grown ones. They intentionally underfeed to keep them small and cute, which also saves money on food.
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 10-05-2015, 10:19 PM
Ed Ed is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: South Jersey
Posts: 19,301
Thanks: 321
Thanked 2,730 Times in 1,792 Posts
Default Re: There ought to be a law...

Quote:
Originally Posted by itzkramer View Post
I used to work at a local pet store chain in Cleveand. Most of the employees are high school kids looking for beer money. Management won't hire anybody for more than minimum wage, period. Management is also directed to keep the reptiles on a poor feeding schedule. People want cute baby pets, not grown ones. They intentionally underfeed to keep them small and cute, which also saves money on food.
If they are feeding in excess of the need to supply basal metabolic requirements then they are technically not underfeeding the animals. Keep in mind that obesity is very common in pets and this includes reptiles and amphibians.
As an example some snakes in the wild are known to wait for a month or more before meals in the wild and may only consume six meals during a year (some rattlesnakes are an example).

In the frog hobby, the preponderance of frogs are obese to grossly obese to the point that frogs that have a more normal weight are often considered underweight or under fed.

Some comments

Ed
__________________
A phrase you never want to hear;
"It seemed like a good idea at the time."
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
envir. law/policy, what would you do? winstonamc The Lounge 4 03-29-2012 05:56 PM
Stark Law porkchop48 The Lounge 3 02-11-2009 10:29 AM
4" turtle law JJuchems The Lounge 18 07-08-2007 05:14 PM
Ideal Gas Law? thekidgecko The Lounge 15 04-12-2007 10:18 PM
Anyone know about family law? MJ The Lounge 0 02-20-2007 08:27 PM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT. The time now is 02:48 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.