As i've mentioned in my newbie post, i work at a petshop. One of the main
reasons i was hired was because i know alot about reptiles and my boss even
said i know more then him. well i firmly believe hotrocks are bad, they can
develop hotspots and if you think about it a metal coil encased in plastic
shouldnt be trusted at all. atleast with an undertank heater there is the
bottom of the cage as well as the substrate that separates the animals from
the direct heatsource. Hotrocks are particularly bad for iguanas because
they are arboreal and bask in the sun so they have more heat receptors on
their back then on their tummy. also in the wild when a reptile gets on a
rock that was heated by the sun, once the animal comes in contact with the
rock the heat is difused and the animal has to move on and hotrocks give off
a constant heat. and if you touch a hot rock its gonna be hot, and our body
temp is 98 degrees and most reptiles need the heat in the 80s so the rock is
too hot for em anyways and that leads to thermal burns.
I presented this information in computer printouts as well as the experts
words on hotrocks from www.anapsid.org and pictures of burnt iguanas and my
boss said when they have documented proof, like from scientists and stuff.
Because i was telling customers who were inquiring about hotrocks, the truth
wich led them to not buy them and a few days later i got called into the
office and my boss and his wife talked to me about it, basically lecturing
and they gave me an ultimatem to either shut up about it or get fired. he
also said that the hotrocks zoomed makes have a circular coil that runs
through the entire plastic thing, eliminating the hotspots created.
i was cleaning out the anole tank and i found one with a thermal burn on his
bottom, it was scabbed over and lookin icky. i will bring this too his
attention tomorrow when i go into work.
what are you guys' opinions on this?
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