Acquired: Pet store
Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Posted Nov 12, 2012
The title of the Worst Pet I've Ever Owned goes to a newt.
To be fair, I never wanted the newt. It belonged to my sister. When she left for university she decided not to take him with her, and to be frank I don't blame her.
The newt was the single most boring pet I've ever had. It would just sit in its tank on a rock all day, or floating lazily in the water. I fed it daily, but only occasionally did it deign to eat in my presence. On those occasions it was interesting to watch the little guy swim, you could for once see the pretty orange color to his belly and watch his little legs kick.
But as I said, that was rare. Mostly he just sat or floated there like a lump. He never raised his head to acknowledge that someone was looking at him. He didn’t swim or dig or interact with anything we put in his tank. His activity level was zilch. Only a couple times did I ever attempt to hold him, and on those occasions he would flee his rock and dart around the bottom of the tank where I couldn’t catch him.
I prefer my experience with goldfish and betas, which at least were very active.
On the day he died I wasn’t even sure he was dead. It wasn’t until the second day when he started to look a little (forgive me, this is horrible) dried up that I clued in. I felt horrible for not noticing and guilty that maybe I hadn’t given the little guy the best possible life. But in hindsight I think he just was what he was. And that wasn’t much.