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cornlover221
02-21-2008, 06:02 AM
ok so i got slick about 1 month ago hes a bloodred corn...they told they feed every monday and that he has been eating....so i got him home and 1 half weeks later he wouldnt eat(he is now though) so then on valintines day i bought my gf an emal named sly...from petco she was there when i bought the first one and now she wont eat and shes really skinny(they said she was eating fine also)so is petco just not feeding them or am i just not waiting long enough? also is it possible that if shes never been fed that she might not know how to go about eating? one day old f/t pinkie? or is that just crazy talk?

Anyways im pretty sure im never gonna but another snake from them again...

Fenderplayer108
02-21-2008, 08:02 AM
Unfortunately most chain pet stores are known for not having well cared for snakes, and this is a common occurrence with snakes bought from them. I suggest leaving the snake alone for atleast 5 days before attempting another feeding, and only attempt 5 days between failed attempts to feed, its quite possible the snake is just stressed out from to many feeding attempts.

This is my first suggestion, after 5 days of no handling, place the snake in a small container with a lid, and place the pinky in the container with the snake. Place the snake in a dark room, (Like a cabinet, or a closet) and leave it in there overnight. That way the snake feels secure, and not nervous about eating.

If this suggestion doesn't work, wait another few days and check out my article on problem feeders.

Remember, baby corns can go a very long time without eating, and since you just got it on valentines day, its no where near deathly ill.

http://cornsnakes.com/forums/showthread.php?t=42403

Anymore questions, just let me know.

popcorn
02-21-2008, 02:37 PM
well, one of my friend actually works in Petco.According to what i know, their Reptile specialest is not a full time worker. The manager can only just give her few days to work in a week. and every week is on different days. She can not be there all the time to take care her animals! even when she s there..she don't do nothing except..playing with her beardies....(oh my god, i don't know how she got a job there)....anyways...you know what the funniest thing is? she scares of the BIG snakes...(how could you be a REPTILE SPEC if you are scared of snakes..that is the most commom sales) if i was you...i would go to a local reptiles store , i would be more confident to buy snakes from them....just cause they are there everyday..they know what excaly is going on with their animals

starsevol
02-21-2008, 02:48 PM
My opinion...don't even go to a "reptile store"....buy from one of the breeders here!
You will have to pay shipping, and it's not cheap, but if you buy from a breeder here you will get a HEALTHY, FEEDING, PROPERLY SEXED snake and have your choice of an amazing rainbow of colors.

susang
02-21-2008, 02:53 PM
Do you have them in seperate vivs?

Hunter2011
02-21-2008, 03:12 PM
I would DEFFINATELY advise Kathy Love for a VERY GOOD breeder!!! that is who I got Star from and she is doing excellent!! :)

cornlover221
02-21-2008, 05:07 PM
yes i do have them in separate vivs....thanks for all the input

wade
02-21-2008, 05:17 PM
I would DEFFINATELY advise Kathy Love for a VERY GOOD breeder!!! that is who I got Star from and she is doing excellent!! :)

Kathy is going to have to put you on the payroll pretty soon.

Hunter2011
02-21-2008, 05:39 PM
lol, what can I say, She is amazing :)

zwet21
02-21-2008, 05:40 PM
i've bought three corns from petco; a normal, a snow, and a ghost. The only one that ever gave me a problem was the normal. he didn't eat for the first month and a half. Eventually if they're hungry enough they'll eat. they all eat regularly now once a week.

wade
02-21-2008, 05:47 PM
lol, what can I say, She is amazing :)

Hunter, I agree, I have several snakes from Kathy, I just like to rub you a little.

Jrgh17
02-21-2008, 06:00 PM
Also, here's a thought to keep in mind: Does Petco cohab?

If a snake is cohabbed, then moved to its own area, it might take a little while to adjust and become comfortable again. Don't get me wrong, it's a good thing, but there's an adjustment period for any change.

If petco cohabs, there's also a chance that they feed them together. A sales associate could dump a handful of pinks (worse yet, crickets) in, and when they're all gone, the person assumes that each snake is eating. :shrugs:

Hunter2011
02-21-2008, 06:10 PM
lol, ok, Well Ijust like to spread the word :) and I just LOVE Star soo much that I can't immagine not having her, so I thank Kathy A LOT lol :)

SnakesRule1234
02-21-2008, 06:17 PM
Hunter, I agree, I have several snakes from Kathy, I just like to rub you a little.

That DOESN NOT sound right in any way... LMAO. :rofl:
Anyway, PetCo is known for having horrible quality reptiles. I bought 2 snakes from chain pet stores and all had mites. In your case, let the snake settle a little and leave it alone, then try again feeding with dif. methods.

Wylie
02-21-2008, 06:38 PM
lol, ok, Well Ijust like to spread the word :) and I just LOVE Star soo much that I can't immagine not having her, so I thank Kathy A LOT lol :)

I know how you feel. I feel just as much gratitude towards Don Soderberg of South Mountain Reptiles for my sweet baby Flash.

daneale777
02-21-2008, 06:56 PM
I just felt the need to put my two cents in here. I hope you don't mind.

I've had four corns in the last six months; two from a person on Craig's List, and two from Petco. I was pretty nervous buying from Petco and did have to encourage my Hypo to eat at first. However, my two snakes that didn't pass away are the two from Petco. My snow is getting bigger and bigger really fast, and my Hypo had to be named Piggly Wiggly because of how veracious of an eater she became!
I'm not saying that I think it's the best idea to get snakes from Petco, but it did work out for me. I think it will for you too.
Good luck with your new baby.

-Daneale

tricksterpup
02-21-2008, 07:08 PM
I just felt the need to put my two cents in here. I hope you don't mind.

I've had four corns in the last six months; two from a person on Craig's List, and two from Petco. I was pretty nervous buying from Petco and did have to encourage my Hypo to eat at first. However, my two snakes that didn't pass away are the two from Petco. My snow is getting bigger and bigger really fast, and my Hypo had to be named Piggly Wiggly because of how veracious of an eater she became!
I'm not saying that I think it's the best idea to get snakes from Petco, but it did work out for me. I think it will for you too.
Good luck with your new baby.

-Daneale
Daneale,
If you ever need any more Corns, I know some pretty good breeders in the state. Heck, if you live in the twin cities area, there is Daemonox. She has some really nice Corns for a very cheap price.

But all in all I find Petco to be over priced when I can go to one of my trusted herp stores and get one that is healthy and guaranteed. heck, what made me loyal to this store was when I bought a Bull that wasn't eating right away for me. She offered to replace it that day for me when I told her about it. Snake was fine and ate for me a week later but I really liked her customer service. Still a loyal customer still to this day.

susang
02-21-2008, 08:41 PM
I asked about co-hab because, I know they co-hab at Petco, but I agree it takes adjustment. The OP has a bloodred from Petco (hmm???) if true that's a good deal. My first two snakes came from Petco one died because of many things including Petco telling me to co-hab. The other snake is healthy and robust, that was 2003. In 2006 I got a Normal from Petco, I knew a little more and checked it out. With Petco you don't know the sex and rarely know the morph, let alone hets. I have heard many people on here getting great morphs from Petco because they new what they were looking for or I should say at.
One more thing about crickets I have heard Petco employees say some silly stuff about snakes, but yet had one tell me to feed crickets. I do see crickets everywhere. I see them everywhere in most shops that have crickets for sale, that does't mean they feed them, they escape easily.
As for reptile shops whats wrong with them, if it's clean and the people are knowledgeable go for it.
I would also say there are many great breeders on this forum.

wade
02-21-2008, 09:52 PM
I've got to agree with Susan. I don't think you can lump any group for any certain thing. If you think about it, most pet stores buy their snakes from breeders, just like you and me. They might get good stock and they might not, just like you and me. The good pet stores know who the good breeders are and buy from them. They have good quality animals to sell, just like you and I.

The hard thing with petco and many pet stores is that the sales people who you are talking to got their job because they needed after school work and agreed to work for minimum wage. They are not there because the love snakes or know a lot about snakes. They thought the ferret in the window was cute and that got them the job.

If you go to petco, you need to go in knowing what you want and how to take care of it. Don't expect "Mikey" to help you with that.

If you don't know what you want and how to take care of it, shop around until you find a shop that specializes in snakes and are willing to give you lots of time. They will have the right supplies, cages, UTH, and frozen mice. They will only sell you crickets if you buy a lizard.

Or buy it from one of the very good breeders here on CS.com

daneale777
02-21-2008, 10:10 PM
Daneale,
If you ever need any more Corns, I know some pretty good breeders in the state. Heck, if you live in the twin cities area, there is Daemonox. She has some really nice Corns for a very cheap price.

But all in all I find Petco to be over priced when I can go to one of my trusted herp stores and get one that is healthy and guaranteed. heck, what made me loyal to this store was when I bought a Bull that wasn't eating right away for me. She offered to replace it that day for me when I told her about it. Snake was fine and ate for me a week later but I really liked her customer service. Still a loyal customer still to this day.

Thanks for the heads up on the Corns in the Twin Cities. I am actually just a few miles down the road from the metro area. Who is this Daemonox person, by the way? I am always interested in more corns. Two isn't nearly enough!!
One day, when I have money, I'll be able to purchase from online breeders, but as it is, I'm pretty poor.

Thanks!
-Daneale

cornlover221
02-21-2008, 11:14 PM
thats what i figured to if it hungry enough it will eat

nlt71
02-22-2008, 12:31 AM
I just want to put in a good word for some of the reptile stores. When I lived in Vegas, I had two good places that I could go to get healthy snakes and good quality frozen mice. However, there were also pet stores that did not take very good care of their animals and weren't very educated on their animals.

With that said, it's your job to do your research. I visited the stores often and got to know them and where they got their snakes. I also made sure that when I asked them questions, their answers matched up with what I read on the forum and in Kathy's books. I also want them to know the history if their animals. If I didn't feel that they knew what they were talking about, then I didn't buy snakes from them. There are some really nice little specialty shops out there, so don't count them out--of course, many of them do their own breeding.

popcorn
02-22-2008, 12:58 AM
so pretty much is basic on who you meet and who you talk to when you go to a store...i mean, even the best store in town will still have the worst people working in there...they are not knowledge enough to help you.so when you are really intereted to buy some thing, anything. please do your homework first , so you will know who to trust or who to talk to.i ve been to many petcos, talked to so many assoicates in the stores , some of them are really good. some of them have no ideal what they were talking about.so you really have to do some research first instead of trusting whoever.got me?

cornlover221
02-22-2008, 01:07 AM
yea got that like ive done alot of research on corns but i sure didnt think i had to research the place im buying from....lesson well learned

popcorn
02-22-2008, 01:10 AM
The hard thing with petco and many pet stores is that the sales people who you are talking to got their job because they needed after school work and agreed to work for minimum wage. They are not there because the love snakes or know a lot about snakes. They thought the ferret in the window was cute and that got them the job.

i just want to correct something...sorry if i m wrong.
First, it is half true! second, llike i said i have a friend working in Petco.And he knows what he s doing. the reason he works there is because he loves reptiles and fish. And he is not working for the minimum wage...according to what i know he is getting pay for $14 an hour. and of course he knows a lot about his fish and reptiles....i think he is really knowledgeable with what he s doing....well , like i said at last posted..it really depends on who you talk to and who you meet!
sorry..correct me if i am wrong...

cornlover221
02-22-2008, 01:14 AM
no everything your sayin sounds good with me

Jrgh17
02-22-2008, 05:08 AM
First, it is half true! second, llike i said i have a friend working in Petco.And he knows what he s doing. the reason he works there is because he loves reptiles and fish. And he is not working for the minimum wage...according to what i know he is getting pay for $14 an hour. and of course he knows a lot about his fish and reptiles....i think he is really knowledgeable with what he s doing....well , like i said at last posted..it really depends on who you talk to and who you meet!
sorry..correct me if i am wrong...

Since WHEN does PetCo pay $14/hr?!?! Screw being a swim coach... I need to change jobs! :flames:

Hunter2011
02-22-2008, 05:57 AM
give me an aplication!!! lol :)

Corny Noob
02-22-2008, 08:31 AM
If that's the case it's only because your friend has been a specialist there for awhile, or has some sort of management experience you're not aware of. Of course it also relies on whatever minimum wage is in your state.
However I as a basic petco worker got 3 raises the entire time I worked there, and I was still only making 7.80/hr, however I was not considered a "specialist"

wade
02-22-2008, 10:42 AM
The hard thing with petco and many pet stores is that the sales people who you are talking to got their job because they needed after school work and agreed to work for minimum wage. They are not there because the love snakes or know a lot about snakes. They thought the ferret in the window was cute and that got them the job.

i just want to correct something...sorry if i m wrong.
First, it is half true! second, llike i said i have a friend working in Petco.And he knows what he s doing. the reason he works there is because he loves reptiles and fish. And he is not working for the minimum wage...according to what i know he is getting pay for $14 an hour. and of course he knows a lot about his fish and reptiles....i think he is really knowledgeable with what he s doing....well , like i said at last posted..it really depends on who you talk to and who you meet!
sorry..correct me if i am wrong...

Popcorn, don't be sorry for making a comment. You are right there probably are some smart people at petco. I would hope they get paid better than the dumb ones.

But I think not all of the petco employees are expert on reptiles. I have met some that are dumber than cotton.

Hunter2011
02-22-2008, 11:03 AM
I went to a Petco once, and they had a dead baby corn snake, it had no water, neither did the others, and the grls said that it is just resting because it just shed???? I was like ok then get him out and you will c that he is DEAD!! and she did and she said "Oh, hmm I can't believe it" so I said that it was probably becasue it had no water and she said that it can't be but...whatever, and I guess it turned out that the poor baby was full of the sani chips that they use as substrate becasue they feed the snakes in there cages :( poor poor baby :( It was a nice looking snake too

popcorn
02-22-2008, 11:46 AM
If that's the case it's only because your friend has been a specialist there for awhile, or has some sort of management experience you're not aware of. Of course it also relies on whatever minimum wage is in your state.
However I as a basic petco worker got 3 raises the entire time I worked there, and I was still only making 7.80/hr, however I was not considered a "specialist"

well i don't know ..he only been working there for 2 years..they started him at 8.25...the minimum wage at Texas is 6.50 i believe...i don't know how he got all tht raises...i m thinking maybe i should go work at Petco! lol

Corny Noob
02-22-2008, 11:51 AM
Well then that petco is better to start with, given that they started him *above* minimum wage, unless he started as a specialist, cause like I said I was just a regular employee even though I was fish/reptile specific.
But you get a raise after 3 months, 6 months, 1st year.

popcorn
02-22-2008, 11:51 AM
Popcorn, don't be sorry for making a comment. You are right there probably are some smart people at petco. I would hope they get paid better than the dumb ones.

But I think not all of the petco employees are expert on reptiles. I have met some that are dumber than cotton.

thank you~ well i argee with you! there are some smart people...but not all lol!! i ve seem some people don't even know what they were talking about.it is really hard on people to be expert on every single animal....guess what ? i bet in the other pets fourms ,people would be like" Petco people don't know anything about the birds" lol well....i don't know nothing about birds either....lol

popcorn
02-22-2008, 11:54 AM
Well then that petco is better to start with, given that they started him *above* minimum wage, unless he started as a specialist, cause like I said I was just a regular employee even though I was fish/reptile specific.
But you get a raise after 3 months, 6 months, 1st year.

oh nice~ what state are you? my friend works in a new store only been up for 2 years in Texas ..maybe thats why...i m a really good friend with him...so i know how the company works...maybe have him to hook me up to work there:rofl:

popcorn
02-22-2008, 11:56 AM
I went to a Petco once, and they had a dead baby corn snake, it had no water, neither did the others, and the grls said that it is just resting because it just shed???? I was like ok then get him out and you will c that he is DEAD!! and she did and she said "Oh, hmm I can't believe it" so I said that it was probably becasue it had no water and she said that it can't be but...whatever, and I guess it turned out that the poor baby was full of the sani chips that they use as substrate becasue they feed the snakes in there cages :( poor poor baby :( It was a nice looking snake too

lol! that makes me laugh! the reptile spec prob wasn't at work that time when you went...that girl your were talking about prob is just a cashier....lol

Corny Noob
02-22-2008, 11:57 AM
Then you know that the company in generally *does* not care about the animals, only on the store level. I absolutly hated dealing with the higher ups that didn't actually work at stores, I wonder how they sleep at night.
Generally though on the store level you really do get a good group of people, before I left the entire staff was very compitent...however not so much now with a sudden influx of teenagers, it's cause all of good people left because we couldn't stand how the company was being run and how they were stopping us from taking proper care of the animals.
At the very least I informed about 5-6 people very well about how to take care of their corn snakes.

popcorn
02-22-2008, 12:15 PM
Then you know that the company in generally *does* not care about the animals, only on the store level. I absolutly hated dealing with the higher ups that didn't actually work at stores, I wonder how they sleep at night.
Generally though on the store level you really do get a good group of people, before I left the entire staff was very compitent...however not so much now with a sudden influx of teenagers, it's cause all of good people left because we couldn't stand how the company was being run and how they were stopping us from taking proper care of the animals.
At the very least I informed about 5-6 people very well about how to take care of their corn snakes.

you re right!! well..some store does...some really don't give a XXXX (sorry) lol
it really depends on who they hired, but personally i wouldn't hire a teenager to work just for making some extra money after school. that i argee with you Corny Noob~
you know what s funny? they always say: "at petco animals always come first" well......get it done be4 you say it out...

Snake Dave
02-22-2008, 12:46 PM
We don't have PETCO's in the UK, so I can't pass judgement. But from what I've heard, generally they're poorly run because the staff aren't competently trained.

When hiring a new member of staff, why not give them a basic pamplet about their animals, and tell them to read it and come back like three days later. Then get them to take a test on facts and husbandry techniques, colour morphs, food etc. If they get above 80% you can hire them on the standard basis (e.g. polite, well dressed)

All the best

David