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Paul, the guy in the dorm across the hall, had a tarantula - Samantha. 🕷 F!!

He kept her on his desk in an aquarium and laid a piece of plywood over the top. Samantha would eat a cricket every couple weeks. She also ate a lizard 🦎 and a white lab mouse once. Sweet Jesus that damn that spider!!

Samantha escaped from her aquarium one holiday weekend. Paul found her hiding at the very top of window curtains.

Did you know those bastards can live up to 20 years and two years without food? No, no, no!


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Katiecrna - that rabbit is adorable. Name?

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Was talking to our vet - during a visit with one of our cats. Asked her about Maine coon cats and she said: my patients LOVE their Maine coons, sometimes maybe more than the rest of their family members. And then we both laughed....


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Katiecrna - that rabbit is adorable. Name?


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We've had pets of all sorts: bantam hens (that laid eggs, but were tame), a dog, cats, garter snakes, guinea pigs, and even a wild Gambel's quail that we hatched because the neighbor disturbed its habitat and the parents didn't return to sit on the eggs. All our pets got along, and hung around each other.

The guinea pigs lived outside and in an underground area in their large house during the winter, because we learned from a Swiss friend that is how she kept hers and they were very happy that way. They loved coming out and running around in the snow. I know some people will think we are poor owners, but in Peru and Bolivia they live high up in the Andes in large colonies, and the native people raise them outdoors as food. (Ours were pets, not food.)

We kept the snake over the winter and fed it earthworms that we dug up and kept in a bucket. We couldn't have kept a snake that ate warm blooded animals, since our children love animals.

Unfortunately the Quail was eaten one night by a bull snake after he was an adult. At least we think that is what happened, because all we found in the morning in its enclosure was feathers. If the neighbor ruins another nest, we're going to hatch the eggs again and this time more will survive since we know more about it.
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Anyone have any non traditional pets that they love?
Not currently, but when I was a kid we had pet crows a couple times. (They'd fallen out of their nests and we took them home and fed them bread and milk 'till they got bigger.)

As an adult I had another bird that my step daughter brought home but lost interest in. Ironically, I'm really not a bird person, but when one of the kids let it out of its cage and a mongoose ate it, I was devastated. We also had chickens, duck, geese and a goat growing up, some of which were like pets. Until we ate them. OK, we didn't actually eat the ones that reached pet status. Like Freddy the rooster. Actually, I think we did eat him, but only because the dog, his best friend, accidentally snapped his neck while playing with him. But chatterbox the rooster? He was MEAN. And I was happy to change his name to stew pot and dig in. The geese were mean too! I don't remember their fate. Mrs. Duck? She was also best friends with the dog (that accidentally killed the rooster) and she would sleep with her and eat dog food from her bowl with her.

ETA - there was also the goat when I was a teen. My brother loved him too until he ate the buds off the top of his pot plants that he planted in the back pasture where the goat stayed... Goats are VERY social and he was very lonely back there. It was really heart breaking, I'd bring him up by the house and give him attention, but he was insatiable, never wanted to leave. I don't plan on having farm animals again but if I ever did get goats, I'd get at least two.

Other than that we caught and kept snakes as pets for a bit, but while I found them interesting, I wouldn't say I loved them.

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Some cute guinea pigs watching our daughter's mp3 player.
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The snake people were laughing and talking about how if the mouse was scared now, just think how scared it was gonna be when they got it home and put it in the tank with the snake; and how much fun it was gonna be to watch.

And I thought that in nature, at least the mouse gets a chance.
In nature you also don't have a human audience getting off on a snake just trying to survive. I eat meat and I try not to be a hypocrite. I participated in the butchering of some farm animals growing up, so I would never say anything against hunting, or killing animals for food in general. But I really can't begin to wrap my head around ENJOYING killing an animal or watching one be terrified and experience what must be a horrible death of being swallowed by a snake. WTF?
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Paul, the guy in the dorm across the hall, had a tarantula - Samantha. 🕷 F!!

He kept her on his desk in an aquarium and laid a piece of plywood over the top. Samantha would eat a cricket every couple weeks. She also ate a lizard 🦎 and a white lab mouse once. Sweet Jesus that damn that spider!!

Samantha escaped from her aquarium one holiday weekend. Paul found her hiding at the very top of window curtains.

Did you know those bastards can live up to 20 years and two years without food? No, no, no!
But I hear they're very gentle if you don't look like a meal to them and don't provoke them....

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But I hear they're very gentle if you don't look like a meal to them and don't provoke them....
I don't do spiders not even cute gentle ones. I'll tolerate them if they keep their hairy abdomen clear across the room. But any false move by any one of their eight legs and it's fatal...so help me God!

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I don't do spiders not even cute gentle ones. I'll tolerate them if they keep their hairy abdomen clear across the room. But any false move by any one of their eight legs and it's fatal...so help me God!
I once ate a tarantula. OK, I actually didn't, I ate a spider roll with is a soft shelled crab, but while I waited for it to be made I stared at the picture, with the little fried "legs" sticking out, and thought ...it's not really a spider, is it? By the time my food arrived I was about 75% confident it was indeed a spider. But I was really hungry. And it was fried... It was tasty until I got to the abdomen, that part really creeped me out.

Later I told my brother who is a geography buff and who sent to sushi school about it and he explained they don't have tarantulas in Japan...
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Was talking to our vet - during a visit with one of our cats. Asked her about Maine coon cats and she said: my patients LOVE their Maine coons, sometimes maybe more than the rest of their family members. And then we both laughed....
Given the antics Maine Coons​ tend to pull on their unsuspecting humans, perhaps I should lend Mies the cat to the OP for the next time the Italian parents visit... Coons are rather territorial and take grave offense if humans invade their space. Mies always sleeps with DD1 so when we crammed four people​ in a 600 sq ft apartment for a week he got outright combative. DD2 shared the bed with DD1 and the first night Mies spent the entire night jumping on and off the bed. Then since we took over his futon he did it to us too. After a few nights he must have felt bad and came to sleep between us. Not good.

In-laws problem solved 😁

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@MJJEAN I didn't realize there was so much with birds. I started some research and was overwhelmed. Some of them are sooo needy. I read that some if they don't get attention start screaming and then pull their feathers out. I didn't realize some live for 60 years.
I'm slowly doing some research. I think I am into the small lovebirds or small parakeet. I'll still in the research phase
The smaller birds are pretty nice, but they do tend to have short lifespans and are thought to be less intelligent and communicative than the parrots and parrotlets. You should totally check out the parrotlets. Not as expensive or as labor and attention intensive as the larger birds can be.

Honestly, a lot of plucking and behavior problems can be attributed to poor diet and lack of UVA/UVB. The rest to neglect or lack of knowledge. For example, assuming nutrition and lighting is good, parrots will pluck and scream from boredom and lack of stimulation. In the wild, they forage and problem solve. They're wired to think. People tend to really underestimate the intelligence of pet birds and fail to see to their need for continuing changing mental stimulation.

Follow the evidence where it leads and question everything.
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@MJJEAN I didn't realize there was so much with birds. I started some research and was overwhelmed. Some of them are sooo needy. I read that some if they don't get attention start screaming and then pull their feathers out. I didn't realize some live for 60 years.
I'm slowly doing some research. I think I am into the small lovebirds or small parakeet. I'll still in the research phase
I have (peachfaced) lovebirds. They're clever and have a lot of personality, but people are often unprepared for how bold and sassy they are. The females can be pretty aggressive. They can live to be 20 or so, but it's more common for them to live 12-15 years (sadly).

My boys are super cuddly and loving. They make wonderful companions, but there's a lot to know about providing a safe environment for parrots/birds.
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