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Silliest T advice you've ever heard at a pet store

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by Moltar, Apr 17, 2007.

  1. Moltar

    Moltar ArachnoGod

    What is the worst or funniest advice you've ever gotten from an under-informed pet shop employee?

    Mine would have to be one of these two statements. Both were said by the same girl and are somewhat paraphrased here:

    A: "That there Tiger Rump molted yesterday. It looked like it was having a hard time 'cuz he was flipped over on his back strugglin to get outta' the old skin. I helped him out by grabbin' him with these here tweezers and flippin him back over"

    B: "Yeah, this Orange Baboon Spider is pretty docile. Here, i'll just open up the box and grab her so you can handle her."
    -To which I replied: "Wow, that's a crazy threat display, you're gonna get bit, be careful."
    -To which she replied: "Naw, she ain't mad or nuthin'. She does that all the time."

    I have since purchased the fasciatum as he appeared to suffer no ill affects from being manhandled. They can keep the OBT tho'.
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  2. The people at a shop near me told me to put a heat lamp on the top of the screen lid and a heat pad under the tank - actually sold me all the heating supplies and some other stuff I didnt need. They told me that the G. rosea i was buying my bro was 6 months old....but when I got it home (i was new to Ts), my dad pointed out to me that it was older because it was a mature male ready to breed....and wouldnt live too long. Needless to say I do not buy from that shop no more.
  3. LeilaNami

    LeilaNami Arachnoking Old Timer

    I think the silliest thing I ever heard (and the pet store did) was at the Petco down the street from the one I work at.

    "Oh, well rosehairs can be put together in one tank. I know what I'm talking about. I'm the reptile specialist."

    I'll tell ya now, just because the people at Petco have reptile specialist titles means absolutely NOTHING! Of course the GM at that store didn't give a crap either way and GUESS WHAT!! She's going to be the temporary GM at my store for a month or so...I think I might have to kill myself :wall:
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  4. Acal57

    Acal57 Arachnosquire Old Timer

    "If your worried about getting bit, you can take it to a vet and for maybe 30 bucks that can defang it for yah" And on that note I left.
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  5. KJE

    KJE Arachnoangel Old Timer

    I try to stear clear of petstore t's, but I did notice this A. seemani at a store once. She was missing a leg and it was laying in the enclosure with her. I asked what happened to her and was told, "She was accidentally knocked off the counter a couple of times." Ugh! Wasn't once too much. No, they had to leave her there to let her get knocked off the counter again!

    I get WAY too upset with petstore's know-it-all attitudes.
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  6. Parahybana3590

    Parahybana3590 Arachnoknight

    "I have a hard time remembering to feed my rose hair so I get 10-15 crickets and throw 'em all in the cage at once, it works really well that way!"

  7. TheDarkFinder

    TheDarkFinder Arachnoangel Old Timer

    "If you let a tarantula lay on it back too long it will drown." - from both the employees and the owner of the store. I was asking why they where flipping the tarantula over in mid molt.
  8. Ph4nToM

    Ph4nToM Arachnosquire

    I pretty much had the same thing happen, guy told me my first T was only 3 months old and within the first week of having him he had already made a sperm web.
  9. Drachenjager

    Drachenjager Arachnoemperor Old Timer

    hmmm how about to mist a G. rosea container daily lol
    she said you can tell they like it because they dance and do head stands lol
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  10. Arachnobrian

    Arachnobrian Arachnoangel Old Timer

    After noticing a 2" avic (pink toe) in a 20 gal. tank with nothing but 2" of substrate, a water dish filled with blue water gel, and a heat lamp. I asked the clerk if this setup was appropriate for such a small Tarantula.

    The clerks response, yes this is exactly what the supplier recomended. Also that this is the way to house "all" Tarantulas if they are to thrive.

    This store also carries "The Tarantula Keepers Guide", the clerk obviously never took the time to even flip through it.

    I almost bought the poor thing, but declined, and have never returned.
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  11. BooyaTarantula

    BooyaTarantula Arachnosquire

    Haha this thread is sweet. I was recently at a pet store and informed that my Nhandu Chromatus when it was full grown would be fully capable of leaping twelve feet directly into the air. That's why they're called birdeaters. My stars...
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  12. LeilaNami

    LeilaNami Arachnoking Old Timer

    Well, I'd sure like an N. chromatus that would do that ;P
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  13. jr47

    jr47 Arachnobaron Old Timer

    when i bought my h. gigas and asked why they had bark in the kk i was told that it made her feel like she was on a tree so it felt more at home. :eek: :?
  14. P. Novak

    P. Novak ArachnoGod Old Timer

    Ohhh, they don't? I always thought my birdeaters would do that when they grow up. In fact I was planning on them to take care of the pesky birds in the morning. :rolleyes:
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  15. LeilaNami

    LeilaNami Arachnoking Old Timer

    I think its funny but sad when I point out an invert has mites and I'm yelled at for self-diagnosing and only a vet can diagnose it...Would anyone like to tell me of a vet they know of that treats inverts {D
  16. spider_fan

    spider_fan Arachnosquire Old Timer


    I have to say that's the most stupid thing I've ever heard.

  17. Suprisingly there are a few here in the Seattle area. The farthest they go is giving fluid injections (probably not isotonic to invert hemolymph), and anesthesia to manually remove mites. It's rare, but some do it.
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  18. Snipes

    Snipes Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Really?! Which ones?
  19. Dr. Johnson-Delaney at Eastside Avian and Exotic Animal Medical Center (Bothell), Dr. Nelson at Exotic Pet and Bird Clinic (Kirkland), and possibly Dr. Maas at Avian Exotic Animal Clinic (Bothell).
    I am not giving any kind of endorsment, simply stating that it is being done (knowledgably or otherwise).
  20. Varden

    Varden Arachnodemon Old Timer

    "You know they're dead when they flip over on their backs. Nothing to do then but flush them."
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