Who has the most unusual pet on MN?

(32 Posts)
slipperandpjsmum Tue 28-Aug-12 14:28:59

I went into an exotic pet shop the other day and got chatting with the owner. He said people can't get enough of pygmy hedgehogs at the moment. Just wondered what unusual pets were around out there and whats its like living with them?

Alameda Tue 28-Aug-12 14:32:01

I had a tarantula (zebra knee). Not sure how unusual that was but he was a rubbish pet really.

slipperandpjsmum Tue 28-Aug-12 15:46:19

smile why was he rubbish Alameda?

Alameda Tue 28-Aug-12 15:51:22

well, sort of limited physical contact really - I like a pet I can cuddle, they are nice and furry though

obviously they can be handled but I don't think they like it much, and zebra knees are the urticating hair sort (flick barbed hairs when threatened/angry) so not really ideal

Nigglenaggle Sun 02-Sep-12 20:18:34

I have a snake but pfft not that unusual really - just chatting and bumping your thread ^^

slipperandpjsmum Mon 03-Sep-12 10:39:01

ThanksNiggle

Well we have two tortoises, do they count as unusual? All dc's friends seem to think so, but I had one as a child too so not unusual for us but very low maintenance and lovely little personalities too grin

GolfOscarLimaDelta Mon 03-Sep-12 10:59:11

DD has a Gheko and a Bearded Dragon - but they don't live with us at the moment because we are moving. Thankfully, my younger brother is a reptile breeder so he's happy to have them.

DD goes once a week to her 'job' and helps him clean all the snakes and beardies out. He has set up some kind of breeding systems for mealworms and cockroaches to feed them so she's often found sifting for grubs in the sawdust <boak>

MissKeith - I would love a tortoise! I think we will get one as a house warming gift once we are settled.

ratbagcatbag Mon 03-Sep-12 11:01:48

I think mn sarahstratton has Mortimer who's a raven. I think that's the most unusual even compared to my two snakes.

Even more unusual I think IIRC "Mortimer" has turned out to.be a "Morticia"?!

Golf - they are lovely pets! Our two are lovely sunny little things, not cuddly obviously, but have definite personality traits. If we go away for a few days they come straight out to say hello when I get back - the dc's think I'm imagining this but I know I'm not grin

A raven as in a bird? <<shudders>> that is vair unusual!

EauRouge Mon 03-Sep-12 11:46:52

We've got giant stick insects. I'd love a giant millipede too but DH isn't keen sad

My cat is thick very unusual, he has 27 toes.

Olbasoil Mon 03-Sep-12 13:05:29

My tortoise is very friendly, has a great personality and I adore her. Quite easy to look after really and takes herself for walks.

Nigglenaggle Mon 03-Sep-12 21:48:57

Love multi-toed cats! Wow a raven - they are huge where did it live?? As for the insects well more than 4 legs and I shudder!!!

lazydog Tue 04-Sep-12 06:19:26

Wow - I didn't realise tortoises were so popular on MN. I think with this many of us there's not much chance of them being considered "most unusual pet"...

I currently have seven but two of those are a breeding pair, and I also seem to end up fostering/rehab'ing lots, so the total number I have at any one time tends to be quite variable smile

Nigglenaggle Tue 04-Sep-12 20:00:22

Mumsnet, we need a 'vivarium' section of the pet forums please!

clam Tue 04-Sep-12 20:22:28

DH used to have a slow-worm called Asquith. Don't know about unusual, but it's got to win a prize for being the dullest. Spent 95% of its time under a bit of wood, hibernating, and you couldn't pick it up (not that I had any intention of doing so) in case its tail fell off. Bit useless as it was all tail.
When we went away on holiday, mil used to end up having to dig up live worms to feed it. It was so hopeless, you actually had to dangle them into his mouth, otherwise he missed them.
Apparently, they're notorious for escaping, but you could have kept this one on an open plate and it wouldn't have gone anywhere.
Sadly hmm he died about 10 years ago. DS, 6 at the time who, to my knowledge, wasn't even aware we had a slow-worm, became very upset at school and wrote about it in the worry box!!

midori1999 Tue 04-Sep-12 23:48:53

Nothing too unusual, snakes. But I do have rather a few... and they have their own room... blush does that make them more unusual? grin

I would really, really like a skunk, but I think they are maybe a pet for when I don't have small children... they are suprisingly popular as pets amongst exotic keepers. I would also like a pair of Richardson's Ground Squirrels, but they are quite hard to get hold of.

BabylonPI Tue 04-Sep-12 23:50:29

My dd1 has a pet stick smileconfused

No really, she does! My DBro had one too when we were kids confused

I'm normal, I'd choose a cat or dog or something - though I suppose you don't have to walk/feed sticks grin

CointreauVersial Tue 04-Sep-12 23:54:40

grin at pet slow worm.

We have some head-lice - do they count?

I have normal pets, but my DD knows someone who's got sugar gliders.

slipperandpjsmum Sat 08-Sep-12 13:53:05

Oh those Sugar Gliders are gorgeous!!! Tell us more!!

Just nosying because i have a bearded dragon and am about to get a bosc monitor.
Would love another tortoise though smile

And i knew someone who had a raven who used to frequent medieval reinactments, pretty cool! They are very intelligent, like magpies

And a Vivarium section would definately be a good idea !

modifiedmum Wed 12-Sep-12 16:39:49

I've had two polecat ferrets before, couldn't keep them as when i moved landlord wanted no pets. Took them out for walks and everything! Always used to get stopped!

Blackberrybush Sat 22-Sep-12 11:47:45

I've had a chocolate skunk before- it was a rescue and had been descented by its previous owners, who'd abandoned it at Christmas, in a box in the snow. It died three years ago, but it was like a dog, it played catch with my other pets, it could be trained and loved to be cuddled.

I know someone who has a fox! A fennec fox. It's a lovely little thing, and like my skunk, was a rescue, this time from an exotic animal haul. It was given to an exotic animal rescue. She walks it using a little leash and collar, she even takes it to the school gate!

imawigglyworm Wed 03-Oct-12 10:14:41

I have a snake, 3 different types of geckos and giant African land snails (also 3 cats, a dog and 2 gerbils).
I know people with allsorts Pygmy hedgehogs, skunks, nile crocodiles and loads of creepy crawlies.
I love those sugar gliders smile
Tortoises are quite popular lately tbh. I guess all animals go through a phase where they are popular the sad thing is people don't research them first and find they can look after them and dump them sad

imawigglyworm Wed 03-Oct-12 10:25:20

Nile!! blush haha sorry meant dwarf cayman crocodiles

blibbleflop Thu 11-Oct-12 08:35:47

I've had an African Pygmy Hedgehog for just under 3 years now, she's low maintenance if a little grumpy smile

Jux Thu 11-Oct-12 09:26:57

I have locusts! I'm quite fond of them, though I can't tell them apart.

Olbasoil Thu 11-Oct-12 12:39:51

I would love a hedgehog , where did you get her ? The dog ( big old Newfie ) brings wild ones in to us. He is so gentle with them , I wonder how he manages with the spikes though. Do you keep her a run in or out doors, our tortoise has a run indoors which she can get out of but is still safe.

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