Petsmart is killing tarantulas…

thedragonslapper

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I’ve been into Ts for years and I’ve heard and seen all about this wretched problem with pet stores, especially big chain ones like Pet(not so)Smart. I went into one looking for cork bark recently and they had two juvenile T. albos in the shape sad shape. Small abdomens, wood chip substrate (both were clinging to the walls for obvious reason), illuminated and hot cage. They were $40 each.

Tempting though it is to “rescue” these suffering spideys the only thing we can do to potentially stop this is to resist the urge to buy them if only to save them. You don’t know what kind of condition they might be in. How do know they aren’t sick or something and inevitably die after you’ve purchased them. Purchasing from fellow hobbyists who know proper T husbandry means you can order knowing the spideys you’re getting are most certainly living in better conditions than the ones doomed to wither away in a lit up box. If people stopped buying them then corporate would put two and two together and stop ordering them. It’s all run by out of touch accountants, who not only have no clue about nor regard for proper husbandry, likely have never actually worked in retail before on a non management level, and who at the end of the day only care about profits. We should teach them there’s no long term profitability in trying to sell poorly maintained and sickly tarantulas.
 

8 legged

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I went into petsmart today and saw a pink toe with an abdomen half the size of its carapace. It was scary to look at and when I told the worker he said “oh we got that in today” and threw a single cricket in. I think he was lying… I went in to buy a curly hair for my second tarantula and it’s abdomen was also smaller than it’s carapace. It ate 3 crickets right away when I got home (1st pic after 3) and another 2 in his new enclosure just a bit ago before I head to bed, and now it’s abdomen is a good size (2nd pic after 5). How can we get this to stop? Is there a way to petition this?
...jep, and McDonalds is killing people. Who would have thought...
 

The Grym Reaper

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It’s abdomen was quite a bit smaller before.
A small abdomen is hardly an issue or a sign of abuse, tarantulas tend to have smaller abdomens after moulting (Psalmopoeinae/Pokies regularly come out of moults with their abdomens much smaller than the carapace), people are bombarded with photos of overfed captive specimens rocking full on ghetto booty and think that's the norm.
 
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8 legged

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A small abdomen is hardly an issue or a sign of abuse, tarantula's tend to have smaller abdomens after moulting (Psalmopoeinae/Pokies regularly come out of moults with their abdomens much smaller than the carapace), people are bombarded with photos of overfed captive specimens rocking full on ghetto booty and think that's the norm.
Agree, tarantulas in the wild are usually noticeably thin
 

Neonblizzard

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A small abdomen is hardly an issue or a sign of abuse, tarantulas tend to have smaller abdomens after moulting (Psalmopoeinae/Pokies regularly come out of moults with their abdomens much smaller than the carapace), people are bombarded with photos of overfed captive specimens rocking full on ghetto booty and think that's the norm.
Guys I'm really worried my T hasn't eaten in 6 hours... Is this premolt???!!!
 

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Rigor Mortis

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Yea there's really nothing to be done about it. Petsmart has been selling people on poor husbandry of sickly/undercared for animals for eons. The best thing you can do is what everyone else has already advised, just don't buy a spider from them. It's not gonna do much but at least it isn't YOUR money being spent there.
 
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