That's good to know about petco and petsmart! You know I never under stood why the completely submerge there bamboo. I say some where that it will kill bamboo like that. I don't buy any thing from chain stores except blue buffalo dog food. I will do my best to make a habitat I would be proud to live in! I wanted to find a half log like for snkaes and build the substrate up and over it with grass. I don't know how well that will work for me.