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Posted by -ryan- on May 05, 2003 at 20:16:52:
I went to this local reptile shop that I usually think to be okay. I had to get a new heat bulb and UV bulb. So I went in and got a zoomed heat lamp and what I thought at a glance to be an ESU reptile light (I wanted repti-sun, but no where around here has them). I got in the car and on the ride home realized that it was really somesort of General Electric Aquarium and Terrarium light. At first I thought "okay, maybe it's just as good". I went on the website and looked at a faq page, and they said that it's intended to just make the animal look better and not supply them with UVB. I hope he isn't using these in the store for all of his reptiles. It also kind of angered me when I looked into this big, nicely setup enclosure with 8-10" beardies in it, and realized that there were also chameleons in it. The chameleons didn't look too upset. Some were actually basking on top of the beardies, but it's the principle of the thing. Then I started looking around and found that he had 2 monitors of about 2.5-3 feet in length housed together in a cage that was only 36"x18"x18". They looked healthy for the most part, but you don't even put one in a cage that small. Looking around further I also found what looked to be an 8 foot boa constrictor of considerable girth in a cage of the same size. There were some good setups like the single bearded dragon also in the same size cage, and the blue tonged skink, and most of the snakes. I think the whole problem is that he can't get the animals sold before they grow out of their enclosures. He did have a couple of large enclosures, but even those were filled up. I kind of feel bad because I know he would get them the biggest cages if he had the space and the money, but he has to think of something. He should start selling out some of his animals to other pet places or something. I think there is only one other reptile place around here, so I would like to check that out too.