Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Entering the Land of Pet Food

Live pet food, that is. Crickets.

We went shopping for a class pet yesterday! After ruling out all rodents (Dad's who wouldn't love a cute fuzzy guinea pig?), turtles (too much maintenance), hermit crabs (too sandy...I am anti-sand-in-the-house), and collard lizards (4' tank required), we fully anticipated trying our hand, once again, at loving a betta fish. Well, the kids weren't that wowed at good ol' Petsmart's faded, sad looking and kinda pale fishies-in-a-cup, so we asked for suggestions.

What we ended up with is so cool! It's a Fire-bellied Toad (really a frog), species name Bombina Bombina, with a green/grey/brown spotted back and a red and black underbelly. His new home is a fire-belly landing with little steps up to where we laid some nice real moss on top of a bit of gravel. He has water to swim in and a container of live crickets waiting for him to devour. Oh, yes, and three very excited young owners! Which is, of course, the whole point of owning him!

A name will sure follow soon...and I'm already excited to find a bigger tank at a garage sale as I have a feeling the little plastic habitat isn't going to be safe enough with a 1 1/2 year old around!

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