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dpack

and in the other pets catagory

le blob

"Blobs of any size can be created, there is no known limit", said Dussutour.
Blobs up to 10 metres (33 feet) wide have been grown in the lab.

they might have a few downsides but they don't bark loudly enough to make pans resonate:lol:
wellington womble

Or need to go out in the night. Up four times for the child and three for the dog. It’s a bloody conspiracy.
sgt.colon

They had it right in the 50's with the film Very Happy

It's pretty cool though and the description of it sounds like our politicians.
Hairyloon

Since you've raised the subject of other pets, would it be rude to ask about axolotl?
Daughter has decided she wants one and they seem to be an unusual, but established pet, but not one that I have any significant knowledge of...
Shan

I suppose the first question I would ask is whether this desire for an axolotl is merely a fad?
dpack

i must have had some odd pets and beasts to look after but yep i know them.
i looked after one for a couple of years.

pretty easy, a bit smelly

quite clever by slow phib standards but not cute in the conventional sense like some phibs.

if you look after them they live a long time

if you look them in the eye they definitely look back in a very wise way so you had better be nice to them

best not to handle them or their environment without considering the biohazards of the bugs in their water, decent hygiene is a major safety concern.

they are not high maintenance for brushing, taking for walks or bespoke metal shoes but they do need a decent amount of care and reliable environmental control.

easier than tropical fish but a bit more tricky than some things.
not getting an e coli or crypto infection and putting up with the smell are the biggest downside.

iirc their idea of a perfect home is a fairly stagnant but not too stagnant, coolish (10 to 20 C is ideal, outside that range is disaster and death)Mexican lake with some bits of dead things at the bottom of it now and again, they will take live food as well.

better than hamsters



ps they need rain water not tap water and only change a third of the water at a time
sgt.colon

Never heard of them before so have to search them. They are quite funky.
Slim

I've always wanted to see a hellbender in person, but I don't think they're suitable for keeping as pets
Shan

I've always wanted an ostrich. I'd settle for a Rhea or an Emu but alas, I have had to settle for a few chickens. Laughing
Hairyloon

I suppose the first question I would ask is whether this desire for an axolotl is merely a fad?

How ever can you tell?
I think that if she's persistent enough to persuade her mother, then I'll assume it's not a fad.

pretty easy, a bit smelly

Hmm. Maybe best not tell mum about the smell... Wink

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easier than tropical fish but a bit more tricky than some things...

better than hamsters

Good enough to get my vote. Smile
Shan

Well, I would look at the history of what you daughter has asked for. Does she flit from thing to thing or does she stick with things? Has she had any other pets and if so, what level of care has she given them?

As an example: I wouldn't trust my nephew Travis with a single celled amoeba but his brother could pretty much be trusted with any pet.
gregotyn

I can think of someone's lawn I would like to sow "it" Hairyloon

Well, I would look at the history of what you daughter has asked for. Does she flit from thing to thing or does she stick with things? Has she had any other pets and if so, what level of care has she given them?
She's cared deeply for the cuddly llama, at least until the purple bunny came along... but she's been pretty consistent about the axolotl since summer and there is some history of obsessiveness in the family, so I think it more likely to go that way.
dpack

less escapey than many phibs is a plus.

re kit , they do not need a huge tank but for a decent habitat and to make temp control easier quite big is good.

iirc the one i looked after was in a 4'x2'x2' tank a bit over half full.

soft mud or marbles on the bottom(grit is bad for em) and as i mentioned rain water.

a fish heater will keep em from dropping below 10C but in a home it might need moving to a cool spot in summer, 20C is fine owt over 25C is heatstroke time.
on a 1 to 10 scale from tardigrades to polar bears axolotls score about a 4 for care/risk etc
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