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    Newts or salamanders as pets?

    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?
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    Re: Newts or salamanders as pets?

    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.
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    Re: Newts or salamanders as pets?

    You can still hang with us if you can pretend to be cool.
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    Re: Newts or salamanders as pets?

    Quote Originally Posted by Spitball View Post
    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!

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    Re: Newts or salamanders as pets?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redlegs23 View Post
    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.


    Quote Originally Posted by Redlegs23 View Post
    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.
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