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Newbtron
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 Pet stores

Am i wrong to think that the petco in my area actually has people that know what they are talking about because besides terrarium size they have actually agreed with what i learned from some reputable websites and you guys and is each petco run differently or is it all the same format



07/03/10  12:03am

 #2160133


Animalwiz
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  Message To: Newbtron   In reference to Message Id: 2160081


 Pet stores

I would say they probably are all run the same. The people who run the reptiles are usally inexperienced and are all taught the same way. Sometimes you do get those who are actually knowledgeable about reptiles who run the reptile area. That’s only if you’re lucky or should I say if the reps are lucky.

Nathan



07/03/10  10:16am

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Keirax
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  Message To: Animalwiz   In reference to Message Id: 2160133


 Pet stores

my views are different i think that they are all ran differently i have a pet-co in my area where ALL the animals are taking care of the way they need. They all have the food they need tank set ups with multiple lights and hiding places. But at the same time the pet-co i bought my iguana at had no water for the lizards, they all were out of food and no where to hide...the lights were not on in most of the cages and the lizards looked horrible and this was just their reptiles, their rodents and fish were in worse condition. Its all a matter of the manager and the workers responsible for the animals, yes most of the time the people working in reptiles can not tell you where they are from or how long they will live but as long as the lizards and animals are taking care of the way they need i dont think they have to know everything about the animals they work with just enough to make sure they stay healthy while they are there. Personally i think that its all about the workers and because no one person is the same the condition of these animals in these stores will be different. :) hope you both have a great day



07/19/10  10:39pm

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Animalwiz
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  Message To: Keirax   In reference to Message Id: 2163660


 Pet stores

Like I said every now and then you get lucky and get someone who is knowledgable. I have about 2 petsmarts, a petco, and a specks within a 10 min. driving distance from my house and lets just it is very depressing.

Nathan



07/20/10  01:22pm

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  Message To: Animalwiz   In reference to Message Id: 2163787


 Pet stores

well if they are bad always try to contact the manager or complain to there website. I did now my petco is in tip top shape in the reptile department. You are lucky if they are already nice and clean but you never know



07/25/10  05:34pm

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Animalwiz
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  Message To: Pythonking   In reference to Message Id: 2164929


 Pet stores

I do and get the usual excuse " we’ve been open ___ years and so I think we would know how to take care of our animals." It’s either that or they just ignore me. I just go in, get my crickets, and get the heck out. But those are just my stores. There might still be some good ones left out there.

Nathan



07/26/10  09:33am

 #2180703


Norf
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  Message To: Animalwiz   In reference to Message Id: 2165070


 Pet stores

As far as PETCO goes, It really does depend on the management team (Specifically the Animal Department Manager or the Reptile Companion Animal Specialist).
When it comes to applying for a job at PETCO, you have the option for apply for a CAS(Companion animal specialist) position and choose your area of expertise, ex. avian, reptile, aquatics.

I personally work at a local PETCO here in Newport Beach, CA.

The test to become a ’specialist’ in a certain department was a shame. In my case it was the reptile test.
PETCO insists on ’grooming’ your animals regularly by doing things such as; baths, nail clipping, constant handling, etc.
I disagree with all those actions.
There really is so much wrong with the companies perspective on reptile husbandry but It’s not a bad place though. If more PETCO associates took the time to just get to know the animals on a more intimate level, studying their natural habitats and habits, dietary needs and so on, big corporate pet stores could become much more animal friendly.



-Murphy



10/12/10  08:03pm

 #2183963


Maggie_Mae
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  Message To: Norf   In reference to Message Id: 2180703


 Pet stores

The people at my petco have no idea what they’re doing. I was so determined to work in the reptile department but now im getting second thoughts. However maybe I’ll be one of the very few who actually know what they’re talking about... But I also hate seeing the animals being kepts the way they are. I bought 2 leopard geckos a while back from petco and they both became sick and I know for a fact I was doing everything right becuase my other geckos (from breeders) were perfectly fine. One died, and the other was in horrible condition and I gave it to a reptile rescue guy.
My ball python I bought there (which I now know I should have gotten at an expo) was pretty sickly when i got her, she was actually the most healthy looking out of the other 4 babies she was with. But luckly she’s doing alot better and she looks perfectly fine now and I’ve gotten very close to her.
But theres also the fact that there is a big possibility that they are buying imported animals. I’ve read that they are taking the ball python eggs out of the wild from africa which can obviously be a risk of your snake having health problems or disieses.
I was planning on breeding Karma (my BP) but now Im not becuase I dont wanna take a chance... Just incase.
Im still debating on applying there or not.



10/27/10  05:52pm

 #2183970


Norf
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  Message To: Maggie_Mae   In reference to Message Id: 2183963


 Pet stores

Quote:

My ball python I bought there (which I now know I should have gotten at an expo)


Animals at Expos are always in terrible conditions. Being kept in those tiny plastic containers, hours of traveling, insufficient food/water and drastic temperature fluctuations. Those animals are so stressed out of their minds I wouldn’t be surprised if an animal purchased at an Expo died on their way home after being purchased.

It’s just lucky that you would have bought a ball python knowing how hardy and forgiving they are.

But yea, like I said it’s all up to the stores management team and associates.



10/27/10  06:23pm

 #2183981


Maggie_Mae
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  Message To: Norf   In reference to Message Id: 2183970


 Pet stores

Well I only say that becuase all the animals I’ve gotten at expos are always in great health and from legit beeders, I’ve just had bad luck with reptiles I’ve hotten at petstores. I guess it depends on the store like you said, and the breeders.



10/27/10  07:10pm

 #2184070


Norf
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  Message To: Maggie_Mae   In reference to Message Id: 2183981


 Pet stores

Well yea that’s pretty much what it comes down to.

Apply at your PETCO and share your knowledge. If you say they need some help with the Reptile Department then do your part by becoming their caretaker.



10/28/10  01:27am


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