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Old 10-01-2010, 07:07 PM
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Default Best small animal for me?

I've finally got the go ahead to get a small critter (from the boss, aka mom lol). I'm trying to find something that can be handled/tamed (maybe to ride around being held or on a shoulder - just for an example). I'm not a big fan of pets that you can just watch - like fish.

Mom's criteria is that it not have tails (like rats), and something that is not very escape prone. No bugs, no snakes, no spiders.

I'm leaning right now to a tortoise, or a gecko, or perhaps a beardie. If anyone could share some personal experiences, or other pets I am forgetting, please let me know! Thanks!
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Old 10-01-2010, 07:19 PM
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Ooh, geckos!! No experience here, just find them cute. lol
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Old 10-01-2010, 11:11 PM
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Bearded dragons are cool, and they feel so nice to hold
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Old 10-02-2010, 03:16 AM
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Leopard geckos are an excellent choice!

Tortoises require a lot of specialized care, and not really a good choice if its going to be your first reptile.
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Old 10-02-2010, 07:49 AM
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Bearded dragon!!!!!! My brother has one, and she us so mellow an cool. There diet is not that hard once you get into the swing of things. The most expensive thing would be the initiall purchase price for the tank and heat lights and stuff. he got an adult rehome, babies are harder I think. Anyway, She'll hang out on your shirt all day if you'd let her

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Old 10-02-2010, 07:56 AM
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If you're really interested in rats, there are tailless rats out there.
My ex was apprehensive about my rat fancy-ing for the same reason. Until I showed him what a tailless rat looks like. He realized they look plain weird really, though not ugly, and after meeting a few he didn't even mind the tail.
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Old 10-02-2010, 10:06 AM
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I think your mom needs to open her mind to rats. They are AWESOME little creatures and the tail creepiness you get over REAL quick!

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Old 10-02-2010, 10:53 AM
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tailless rat? Rats are awesome pets. Kinda like little dogs in many ways. Smart, trainable, sociable and really quite cute once you get to know them.
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Old 10-02-2010, 01:24 PM
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Manx rats, I used to have one! He looked like a mixture between a rat and Syrian hamster!
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Old 10-02-2010, 01:28 PM
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I used to have rats and so did my kids. They make great little pets. They're snuggly, sociable and slow. They don't race around to get away like a hamster or mouse. They're laid back and love snuggling in the crook of your neck and under your hair if it hangs down past your shoulders they like to make that into a little cozy spot, sometimes nibbling or fiddling with your hair. The tail, your Mom would get use to. It's just a tail without all the hair. They're definitely smart and little animals and much more snuggly than a reptile. (jmo) I'm partial to mammals. Or birds. I had parakeets for years too. They're lots of fun.
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