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Spanish Ribbed Newt

Overall satisfaction

4.5/5

Acquired: Other

Gender: N/A

Appearance

1/5

Health

4/5

Activity level

4/5

Temperament

4/5

Visibility

5/5

Easy to handle

2/5

Easy To feed

4/5

Easy to clean and maintain habitat

4/5

Easy to provide environmental needs

4/5

Easy to provide habitat

2/5

Caution: Do Not Pet

By

United States

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.

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