Posted Jan 13, 2016
Spanish Ribbed Newts (also known as Sharp Ribbed Newts) are awesome pets. They're easy to take care of and fun to watch, but don't pet them.
I got my Spanish Ribbed Newt as a castoff from a school going out of business. It had been in multiple classrooms and was older than me (they can live over 30 years). I spent years handling him until one day I was talking to a pet store employee who told me why they're called Sharp Ribbed Newts. Apparently, when threatened they eject their ribs and inject neurotoxins into their attacker... needless to say, I stopped handling my newt on a regular basis. He was still one of my favorite pets (how many pets have you had that look like dinosaurs?) and I would get another one.