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My workplace

PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2005 1:42 am
by Agahnim
Hey, I am glad I have found a forum like this on snail experts. I work at a PetSmart and basically, I don't think any of us know anything about snails except for me because I have them as pets. I work as a Small Animal Specialist and I basically am more around the fish tanks than anywhere else. In our aquatic plant tank, we have black and gold Apple snails kept together in a small critter cage with a lid on it in the water with no air for them to breath. Basically, almost all the snails die all the time and having snails myself, I learned that they do need air to breath. I have a lot of knowledge about animals and their health because I also work at the Audubon Zoo and seeing these snails like that with no food at all and no air to breath, I consider this to be cruel. Because it is a retail business, I am always screwed over on hours all the time and they always blame me for stuff that happens that happens around the store. They accused me of leaving cage doors open in the Habitat where they keep birds and small animals (I have tons more common sense than ever do something stupid like that, especially working at a zoo) and they accused me of other things behind my back, snotty bratty teenage female employees, you know how it is. I occasionally sneak in shrimp pellets, fish flakes, and zuccini cuttings in the little snail cage for them to eat and they swarm all over it because they need food because nobody else will feed them. What should I do to stop this abuse? How can I convince them that the snails need air and food to live? I don't want to do it by myself because they are trying to find more excuses to blame me for everything bad that happens there.

PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2005 2:07 am
by mariastuff
It mostly depends on how much your manager cares about the animals there. Try printing out the Care & Feeding pages on the site. I worked at Petsmart very briefly and remember the "training booklets" on various animals. Put together a little something similar on snails and see if he'll listen. If nothing else, his store profits will rise a bit. You can't sell dead snails.

PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2005 3:31 am
by Agahnim
That's a good idea. Could you give me the links to the pages you think I should print out? There are so many different pages on here that it is hard to know which would be the best to print out. Plus you have all this info on other species of snails and I just need the care info on just Apple Snails.

PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2005 3:42 am
by mariastuff
I'd recommend the Care page ( ) and FAQ ( ).

That should be enough information just to get them interested. If you get a positive reaction, direct the manager to this site.

PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2005 7:14 am
by Agahnim
Cool, I just printed a basic care sheet for Apple Snails out and I am gonna take it to work tommorow. :snail:

PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2005 7:51 am
by mariastuff
Good luck. I hope your manager is receptive to the idea!