Acquired: Online breeder / seller
Posted Oct 21, 2014
"Kweichow Crocodile Newt, also known as the Red-Tailed Knobby Newt." I can't tell you how many times I said this phrase in just one day. It was my first time helping my dad out at a reptile convention, and we needed some animals for our display cages. So, naturally, I was sent to scout out something cheap for our last-minute purchase before the show opened to the public. Instead, I came back with a $25 newt that we knew nothing about. But, man, it looked so super cool!
Of course, that wasn't enough. First chance I got, I looked him up on the internet: their toxicity can "kill a human that has a weak body or a baby," according to Wikipedia. The guy selling me the newt had left out that bit. A pretty important bit, as it turned out, because every child that walked up asked first what it was, and then--without fail--if they could hold it.
Even the adults were enthralled. One woman commented that he looked like Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon, and the name stuck. Everyone who passed seemed more interested in Toothless the Newt than anything we were actually selling.
Toothless now resides in a large tank at my home. He looks amazing and eats the fish we let swim around his tank--but only after they've died on their own.