Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)
California, United States
Posted Jan 30, 2015
Before I get into this review, the first time experience I ever had with a newt/salamanders was a terrible one because we were catching them at the pond down the road from my childhood house, and when we finally caught one, it's tail fell off and we were mortified. After doing some research and figuring out that we had caught a salamander and that their tails do fall off when they feel threatened or in immediate danger and the predator has their tail.
Getting on with the review, as much as I didn't enjoy owning my own amphibian friend, I did enjoy working with, or newtin sitting my friend's newt. Like my frog, the newt wasn't very enjoyable as far as playing with physically aka handling it, as it didn't really enjoy being handled and really wasn't meant for that. However it was entertaining to feed the newt live insects and watch him eat. It was also entertaining for short bits to watch the newt just explore and live in it's containment.
However, like my frog; it got boring and I eventually started feeling guilty about it being in it's terrarium. My friendly returned shortly after I started having the guilty feelings again, and took his newt back.
Just like my frog, the feeling of guilt and sadness for the creature was more than I felt in happiness and entertainment for the amphibian. Funny thing is I've always love amphibians, especially frogs, so you think I'd really love to own one as a pet, but it's quite the opposite.
Since the big thing for me is holding, touching and the other physical attributes of owning a pet, I think I'd like to stick with my furry friends, and leave the amphibians to the wild.
Again, it's a great pet for someone that enjoys watching and observing more than interacting. Like fish, they're gentle creatures and need care and love, just not in the physical way.