Thread: Every other types of pets!
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Also, every year at the 4H fair, I campaigned for a rabbit, but I never got one
He is an Australian Eastern Honeyeater. He has brown speckles, darker on top than underneath, a sharp beak, and dangly red cheek baubles. He looks so like he is wearing earings that we call him an Earring-bird. He lives in a neighbours gum tree with his harem of three females. He is fiesty and aggressive, and so far neither of my cats has ever come close to making a meal out of him. He enjoys the nectar from the flowers of my gravillea, which he defends obstinately from pruning shears.
I call him Trojan, because he clearly imagines himself 12 feet tall.
They stay out of my people area and live in the corners except around my bed; and I won't kill them, but rather will even help them out of the tub and sinks when they find themselves trapped after going for a drink.
My family has a dog (Autumn) and a cat (Mickey), both pretty boring, so about a year ago I showed them all up and bought my friend's ferret (Al). He gets pretty stinky sometimes, but I don't know what I'd do without him.
Ross, my first experience w/rats was my first semester at college. The guys upstairs from me had a rat named Spyke, and then got him a female friend named Roxanne. Well, they had 22 babies, I did not like what the guys said they were going to do with them, so big hearted me took mom and babies. I think 4 ended up dying but I found homes for all the rest and I kept mom and one of the babies. I kept a boy and named him Schokolade. I had him for about 3 years till be moved back to the states.
Then, after we got back here, I got another rat and named her Schatzi, and one named Smokey. They lived for at least 5 years or so, maybe even longer.
I don't really mind spiders outside. They are sooo beautiful some of them, and I can't get rid of Charolotte's Web out of my mind when I see one. However, I do worry about having spider's in the house, especially with an 8 year old son. If they are in the bathroom, I don't usually bother them, and let them stay a bit, but any other room and they are promptly removed from the house. I don't kill them just send them outside.
I do the same thing with geckos and snakes too.
At the moment near my mum's house I am going to have to kill to animals unfortunately. There are two stray dogs going round killing cats and animals in back gardens.(they also killed my best mates rabbit rebel the other week) We have rung the RSPCA and they just told us that they haven't got the time to go looking for them, so that unless some one actually manages to capture them they cant do anything. So unfortunately I will have to get them with my air rifle.
[Edited on 12/1/2003 by Ross]
don't want to be in the same county as a scorpion
I think I have already told you of my fear of these little evil aracnids. I think I also told you all of tthe time i saw one.
In the past I've had hamsters, ferrets, mice, rats and various reptiles and amphibians. No insects, although I've kept crickets as food for the aforementioned reptiles and amphibians, and drosophila which are small wingless fruit flies for the fish.
You won't ever see me near an arachnid of any kind if I can help it. Scorpions verge on a phobia for me- I can barely stand to look at a picture of one. Fortunately there aren't many scorpions in New Jersey
Snakes don't frighten me in the least. But I feel for you, Allyssa. Living in Australia surrounded by some of the most venomous snakes on earth (at least, that's what Steve Irwin told me)? I'll pass! The worst we have around here are Timber Rattlesnakes (pit vipers so, yeah, they can kill ya, but you gotta really go looking for one) and Water Moccasins which are deadly but shy.
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But I feel for you, Allyssa. Living in Australia surrounded by some of the most venomous snakes on earth (at least, that's what Steve Irwin told me)?
Yes, Prog, we do indeed have some of the worlds most venomous snakes; however we also have a fair number of harmless ones. I for one don't take any chances - any snake is a dangerous snake unless I am quite sure otherwise. Fortunately, snakes very rarely come into houses or near people.
I don't actually mind pet snakes, some of the diamond backs and tree snakes are quite beautiful.
We also have scorpions. Had one or two small ones in the house. Eeek!
We also have some very deadly spiders - The Redback and the Funnel-web. To far south for Funnelwebs, but my back shed is crawling with Redbacks.
I think that I mentioned already that there are only two kinds of creatures that I cannot abide: spiders and ferrits (see the cats thread).
I had a pet mouse once. Very cute. Used to love to run on his exercise wheel. Funny thing was when I got another mouse, and the two of them got on the wheel together. One mouse wasn't as sure footed as the other, and was frequently sent spinning around upside down by his more nimble cage-mate until he regained his footing.
I have 4 cats. all females, and 3 siamese.
i have 3 dogs, one big, one medium, and one small
I have one Parrot, a nandae conure that loves to scream like crazy.
I have 2 horses, one half arabian, and the other one half morgan,
i have a billion and 2 guppies. (not too sure on that number, could be more )
And I have one brother and one sister
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It's quite cool you see evolution in it's tracks, the guppies breed like wild fire and the swordtails eat the fry. over three generations the guppies realised that if the fry stuck around the catfish the swordtails didn't eat them because of the spines on the catfish bodies. therefore leading to about 80% of the fry surviing to adulthood.
Apart from that there a bit boring.
I've also owned a hamster, a budgie, a rabbit, a duck, and a little black mouse named Goblin.
I used to keep Goblin in a fish tank with wire mesh over the top - I came home from school one day and found my cat in the tank (which promptly jumped out and raced out my room - very suspicious) and no sign of Goblin (the wire mesh, cunningly clawed off the tank, was lying on the floor)
I also have two Corydoras catfish but I'm not sure which species... there are scores, maybe hundreds of species of Corydoras. I can't find these little guys anywhere.
I used to have several Clown Loaches but they all eventually died. My fault I'm sure since their about one foot when fully grown and have been reported to live about 30 years. Mine were about 3 or 4 inches... maybe one and a half years old. I have no idea why they died.
My female Betta died the other day too but I'm fairly sure it was from old age. They only live 2 or 3 years... but my niece had a male that lived roughly 6 years! Ancient by Betta standards.
Right now I have Two Angelfish (freshwater) that just laid about 300 eggs. They do this frequently but they never hatch. I think the male is sterile.
The male is NOT sterile... just about every egg has hatched and I have no idea what I'm gonna do with the fry when they start swimming (right now they're physically attached to the place where they hatched... they should drop off in a day or two). Then there's the problem of food... they're only about 4 millimeters long. Now I have to set up a brine shrimp hatchery- a mess I've been through before with guppy fry.
So, I'm a grandaddy of sorts today.
Now, we have a cat- without a tail- one day, when he came back from outside, his tail was hanging down, and when the vet say it, he said that it was paralized, and that there was an infection spreading over the tail, so he cut it off- so that it doesn't spread over his body.
That's about all-
You get snakes in your house, Mellie?
Sometimes Allyssa, but only when the cats bring them in.
And i wanted to mention, that for some reason, i'v always wanted to have a hedgehog for a pet, i really dunno why, but i just do,,,
It's great to see some other tropical fish freaks out there.
I think my favourites were a red finned shark, a pair of dolphin cichlids (who would eat out of my fingers), a pair of spanner barbs, and a huge plecostamus. I also had five goldfish which I kept in warm water and fed on raw liver. Within two years they were each about ten inches long.
After a while seven tanks began to be too costly to keep heated, so gradually as the fish died I kept reducing the number of tanks until they had all gone. Now I have no pets apart from the spiders in my bathroom and my girlfriend's little girl.
Anyway, I've had lots of fish in the past. I currently have lots of fish. I intend to have a lot more fish in the future. Ferrets are great.
There. That about sums it up.
I've heard that those red tailed sharks are quite territorial and can be aggresive when they get older in a comunity tank, how did you get on Vale?
To answer your question though, and I've had both types...
My Red finned shark was territorial. It lived under a large leaf in a little hollow in the gravel, and rarely came out in the light. At night time it came for short periods to feed before darting back into its home. I had a mixture of fish in that tank, and although the shark was about 5" long it did not bother any of the smaller fish. For a time, however, I had a moonlight gourami in the same tank. It was about the same size as the shark, but it used to molest the other fish (constantly stroking them with its feelers). Whenever it did this to the shark though, the shark would attack it. One morning I found the gourami dead and can only assume it was the shark that had done it. I could not blame the shark, however, as it was always so placid unless the gourami was molesting it.
The red tailed black sharks that I have had (I think I had three over the years) did not appear to be too territorial, apart from perhaps favouring one end of the tank to the other. They too seemed fairly placid although they did not like other fish coming too close to them. They are not suposed to get on very well with tiger barbs, but at one stage I had a shoal of tiger barbs in the same tank as a shark and had no problems at all.
Funny enough all of my fish seemed fairly placid except the piranhas (one of them bit the top lip off the other one, creating a permanently scowling fish) and the dolphin cichlids. The problem with the cichlids was they kept breeding and while they had eggs, they would not let any of the other fish out from under the rocks. Because they were successful at raising their young, at one stage I had about twenty cichlids. Unfortunately they got a disease which seemed to affect them specifically and they all died.
Discus are really a whole other ballgame but not as difficult as they're made out to be. For one, you're right, they're expensive. About $50 US. Two, they require VERY clean water. That means frequent testing for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate, a really good power filter at least, and frequent water changes. You often read that they need very soft, acidic water, but that's not necessary unless you want to breed them. They also do best in a tank of their own rather as opposed to a community tank. Many people keep them with Corydoras catfish, however.
Actually, here's a really good link about Discus. It cuts right to the chase and doesn't feed you the bull that you'll find on other sites
I currently have an empty 120 gallon (454 liter) tank (from a failed attempt at a marine set up) that I'm seriously considering as a discus tank. I've been researching the topic and the above link is the best I've found. Every other site would have you spending $100's on reverse osmosis systems and wet/dry filtration... not to mention the fish!
seein's how PlasticSquirrel gave him to me and all. I have named him PlasticSam!
And I suppose you think that's terribly funny do you?
And Ross, you can get one of my marvellous Cuddly Badgers if you repeat this phrase for me:
I love Peter Jackson's work, he has interpreted the Lord of the Rings Trilogy faithfully and in the true spirit of the book, there can be no better tribute to the work of JRR Tolkien that Mr Jackson's films, I would gladly be his willing slave cos he is such a great director and lovely man.
My family actually has run the gamut of animals in my life. We had cats, dogs, fish, hamsters, gerbils, hermit crabs...sometimes all at the same time. My parents raised tropical fish for a very long time when I was little.
My mom thought it would be a nice little income for me and started me on rabbits once. I took very good care of them and they took care of the population of my cages very well. I had raised about 15 of them when my mom said it was probably time to advertise them for sale. So I placed an ad in the paper and when people started calling me and coming to look at them, I FOUND OUT WHAT THEY INTENDED TO DO WITH MY RABBITS. I swear that was the first time the thought occurred to me that when they left my tender loving care, they would become dinner. I was mortified and furious with my mother and I made all the people go away. We started separating the rabbits so they wouldn't breed anymore...and when the last of them died off, that was the end of my rabbit farm.
We also had a ferret...her name was Slinky. She was cute as could be but sneaky and a little naughty. One day she got out of her cage and we couldn't find her by nighttime so we all just went to bed. I found her in the middle of the night...well, she found me...well, she found my ear...to be a very good snack whilst I was sleeping. Actually, I think she helped me get rid of some of my rabbits but my mother would never confess that she had anything to do with that.
I think if I was going to have an exotic animal it would be a snake. I love snakes...pythons and such. Or a monkey, cept I have heard they catch their own poop and throw it. Is that true?
I seem to have come by a badger lately...I don't know what his name was before, him but I think I have the right to change it seein's how PlasticSquirrel gave him to me and all. I have named him PlasticSam! Does anyone need a badger? I may be able to part with him. Please do let me know if you need a badger...REALLY.