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Species You Woulden't Want as a Pet

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  1. wensleydale

    wensleydale Well-Known Member

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    I've had this idea swishing around my head for a while. I wasn't sure where to put this so I just put it here. We all like to talk about our pets now and then, and I know that there are Zoochatters who keep what might be considered "exotic" pets, including species that might be seen as unusual and not the norm. Clearly we are an adventurous bunch. That said what do we consider to be too adventurous. What species might you refuse to keep as a pet in a household setting and why?

    To give you an idea of what I mean here are a few of the species I would never want as a pet. I just don't think they a) are pet material or b) worth the work they require. It doesn't mean I don't like the species, just that I don't want them in my house.

    Non Human Primates (every species): messy, potentially dangerous, need a lot of stimulation, etc.

    Big Cats (every species): Same as above, except instead of potentially dangerous they are dangerous.

    Every member of the Cockatoo family except Cockatiels: Loud, messy, expensive, and need more attention than I am willing to give. I think they do have a place for the right person though. I do however adore Cockatiels, as they are low noise, clean, and less demanding attention wise provided they have a buddy or two.
     
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    Mosquitoes. Too itchy.
     
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    Porcupines. Their quills clog up the vaccuum cleaner.
     
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    Hix Wildlife Enthusiast and Lover of Islands Premium Member

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    Humpback Whales. Finding enough food for them is a pain.
     
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    The majority of endo- and ectoparasites. Though occasionally an interesting science project, quite detrimental to personal health and social relationships.
     
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    Bigfoot.

    Any photos you take to show friends would be ridiculously blurred.
     
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    A saltwater crocodile. I will get eaten on the first day!
     
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    Rats! I hate them and anything that doesn't listen or answers back, -I have had enough of those already-.
     
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    gentle lemur Well-Known Member

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    The creatures of nightmares - hagfish or candiru (if you don't recognise that name I recommend pouring yourself a stiff drink before you go into Google or Wikipedia).
    Neither would actually harm you unless you did something very silly :)eek:) but they are most unattractive.

    Alan
     
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    A male bachelor group would be fine, then only your plants would suffer :p
     
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    Elephants. They don't fit in the lift, or through the front door.
     
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    A Thylacine. They just play dead all day.

    ~Thylo:cool:
     
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    Just don't urinate into your Candiru tank and you'll be fine;)

    ~Thylo:cool:
     
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    Crabs: once you get them, they are difficult to get rid of. So I hear anyway.

    Moulds make great pets though - I have some in the fridge at the moment.
     
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    Hyenas- The dang neighbors will keep complaining that a party is going on thanks to the laughter!

    Sea Lions- Dead fish smell :(

    Gorillas- You'll lose an arm-wrestling match by losing your arm.

    Pandas- You'll go bankrupt trying to even get them!
     
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    I have some molds in my refrigerator that make some (but not all) of my cheeses (but they must be specific molds) taste extra good. I don't however like that blue mold, it just ruins things, and even when it doesn't you have to scrape it off.