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Spitball
02-27-2009, 07:46 PM
Does any one have any experience with newts or salamanders as pets?

Back when my twenty-four year old daughter was in fourth grade, we were strolling around a pet store when she spotted a tank of green newts. She talked me into buying one for her, and I figured it was no big deal. It was not expensive, and I figured it would live a few weeks, be flushed, and be forgotten. Well, I was wrong about that because it has been fifteen years and it is still alive! Not only that, I bought another one for my wife's elementary library (she is a librarian) a year later, and that one is also still alive!

Who would have guessed these little guys would live so long? I inherited the duties of taking care of them once my daughter reached middle school, and my wife got tired of hauling the other one home each summer. I simply drop a little pellet in the water by each one each morning. I don't think I've cleaned the water in several years.

One is green (Sir Isaac) and the other is maybe called a fire bellied newt (Jumanji). Does anyone else have experience with newts?

BoydsOfSummer
02-27-2009, 10:11 PM
What is with all these wild and wacky pets? Can I still hang out with the cool kids if I just have two cats? One of them is retarded so he's kinda special I guess.

Spitball
02-28-2009, 12:07 AM
You can still hang with us if you can pretend to be cool. ;)

Redlegs23
02-28-2009, 12:09 PM
Does any one have any experience with newts or salamanders as pets?

Back when my twenty-four year old daughter was in fourth grade, we were strolling around a pet store when she spotted a tank of green newts. She talked me into buying one for her, and I figured it was no big deal. It was not expensive, and I figured it would live a few weeks, be flushed, and be forgotten. Well, I was wrong about that because it has been fifteen years and it is still alive! Not only that, I bought another one for my wife's elementary library (she is a librarian) a year later, and that one is also still alive!

Who would have guessed these little guys would live so long? I inherited the duties of taking care of them once my daughter reached middle school, and my wife got tired of hauling the other one home each summer. I simply drop a little pellet in the water by each one each morning. I don't think I've cleaned the water in several years.

One is green (Sir Isaac) and the other is maybe called a fire bellied newt (Jumanji). Does anyone else have experience with newts?


I just did a little reading on these guys since you got me interested. Apparenty they can live up to 60 years. Sir Isaac is just a teenager and just got his drivers license!

Spitball
03-03-2009, 07:19 PM
I just did a little reading on these guys since you got me interested. Apparenty they can live up to 60 years.

Wow! 60 years! I better start training a replacement caregiver because I'm going to be ancient when these guys reach old age.



Sir Isaac is just a teenager and just got his drivers license!

That little rascal! I've been wondering how in the world I've been using so much gas lately. I better start hiding my car keys when I go to bed at night.