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What is a good animal that can live in a relatively big fish tank? Answered

My hamster recently died and I am thinking of getting another pet that will fit in the cage. I don't want  fish. I have only had a cat and a hamster ever so if the animal is for more experienced owners than don't suggest it. Also if it is an animal that is hard to care for could you tell me that from past experiences. Some of my thoughts are a type of snake, a type of turtle, a possible lizard, and any other reptile or mammal that is good for beginners.



Best Answer 7 years ago

Box turtle, most reptiles, female tarantula.



Don't catch your own. Some of them are on the endangered list. But the ones the pet stores sell are usually Russian Box Turtles (IIRC) and do well as pets. They just need food, water, warmth and a clean cage. They don't mind handling. They live a long time if taken care of.

1. Do you or have you ever owned one. 2. Are other types of turtles better.3. I heard you cant handle them that much. 4. I heard that every inch of shell there should be 10 gallons of water. Is that true?

Box turtles are actually terrapins and are land lovers. I have owned several over the years. I had one when I was a kid for 5 years that I sent to a zoo in Sweden IIRC. I've had several more over the years that I caught in the wild when it was still legal and kept them for a few months to a year then released them again to be free.

I've kept several red eared sliders that I caught in the wild and kept for several months in a small yard pond. They can be picky eaters. One would only eat hot dogs so I let him go free sooner than the rest. The problem with keeping a water based turtle is that you have to be very careful to clean the tank and water and wash yourself very carefully after touching the cage since it is so easy for them to carry salmonella. I don't think this is an issue with terrapins.

I don't know about size and gallons of water suggested but that should be easy to find on the net.

So a red eared slider in your opinion is worse than a box turtle. What kind of box turtle is the best and do they get mean or aggressive ever? Also, have you ever had a store bought one? If so, are they worse or better than wild ones?

P.S. I dont want to catch a wild one but i just want an opinion

Any water turtle is going to be lots more work.

Store bought box turtles are usually domestically reared of caught young and they have more human contact early so they usually do well with humans. Either way I've never seen an aggressive box turtle, but have seen more than one slightly agg. red eared.

This has been closed for more than 2 years

right but still for anyone who has the same problem


7 years ago

A white rat or any of the numerous colors they come in. They're easy to take care of, they're clean and relatively inexpensive to buy and care for.
I had one when I was a kid.

Thanks for answering but im not interested in a rat caues my mom would freak out.

Pity. White rats, raised properly, are friendly and do make good pets. They've got a lot more brains than a mouse or most of the other small rodents.

If you're worried about your mom freaking, I think the first step is to ask her what kinds of animals she will let you have. Then work from there to what's practical.

Don't forget that you don't _have_ to reuse the tank. You could just get a cat...

Dad wont let us get a cat cause the other one peed all over the floor and my dad thinks that he didnt cover it well enough and that the other cat will smell it and try to cover it with his pee smell

Go to a pet store and ask for Odormute or one of the other enzyme products specifically designed to chemically combine with and cancel organic odors. They're cheap and effective -- I bought a box of the powder variety 20 years ago and still have half of it left, despite having used it over the years for several problems (including removing evidence of a previous apartment occupant's toy puddle).

Then, if you keep the litterbox clean, and the cat healthy (breaking litterbox protocol is often a signal that the cat needs to go to the vet), and if the cat has been fixed so it isn't spraying for that reason, this Really Shouldn't be a significant problem.

BTW, if you're dealing with carpets, it's possible to use these enzymes in a "steam" carpet-cleaning machine to drive them deep into the carpet and the pad under it. That's what I had to do to clean up after that dog, since one of the rooms had wall-to-wall carpeting.

But, in the end, you're stuck with whatever your parents will let you get -- so I say, again, go back and ask them what range they will accept, rather than assuming the existing tank is the only answer. A larger tank/cage, with a larger animal, might be a better solution.

(My girlfriend really wants a snake. Her housemate has a snake phobia and won't let her have one (and she wants the housemate more than she wants the snake). I keep offering to let her keep a snake at my place, which is just a few blocks away, but that doesn't work for her. Oh well; I tried.)

My dad thinks it got into the floor boards and it wont clean up. A cat or dog is really out because my dad just wont let me have one.

Ball python - seriously it is the nicest snake there is.

my friend has a ball python but they are really expensive. Do you handle yours often?

Im not the most comfortable around snakes. You know. I liked to look at my friends snake and hold it but they creep me out to much

I've kept TRIOPS and LOCUSTS in a spare fish-tank before - but not at the same time.  Both very interesting (but short lived) pets.

Giant African land snails.

I do not think you read the question it specifically asks, "What is a good animal that can live in a relatively big fish tank?" Large fish tank. If i put a dog in there it will DIE so thanks but no.

deffinantly get a snake. there practically maintenance free. you feed them twice a month, and clean up there poop twice a month. they are amazing. i really want one but my parents won't let me get one, so i have to play with my friend's at thier house.

I would suggest a box turtle. They are pretty easy to take care of too.