Low maintenance pet/ desk buddy for dorm room?

For the last couple months I've had a praying mantis in a planted terrarium on my desk. Sadly he passed away and I'm rather sad to see him go.

I spend a lot of time at my desk working and am looking for a new pet.

At one point I did have a beta in a 10 gallon tank with filter and whole setup but I'm not looking to go that route again. Moving out at the end of the year can be a pain. I would look into a smaller tank though but not with fish :< I'm not sure what the alternative is.

I thought true katydid were pretty neat (leaf bugs). But can't seem to find any, I'm sure they're dying off for the season.

Land snails seemed viable but I can only seem to find HUGE snails and I don't think I have the time to devote to cleaning a tank big enough for them. As well as it seems only the HUGE ones you are able to purchase online.

No snakes or spiders they're too fast and I'm not looking for the hassle or worry of handling them/feeding them because I've never done something like that.

Any suggestions are welcome? What kind of a setup will I need for my new desk mate?

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  • Dancer
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    7 years ago
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    Hm. I would go for a caterpillar. They'll eventually turn into a butterfly, but I knew some people who would spend all day around their butterfly (sounds like you would too) and they get to know you and they aren't afraid of you. I know some farmers markets have them, but if you go to any toy shop they'll have a starter kits for all that stuff. They come with food and everything. They usually have ant farms and butterfly.... and my sister had the ladybugs... sea monkies are also a good one you can get. It comes with everything you need. I know the whole dorm feeling. It's so boring and lonely you need a little something to take care of, but you don't actually have too much time for anything. Plus they need to be able to transport. I'll find some for you to take a look at. I'll just send you the amazon links.....

    This is an ant farm -- http://www.amazon.com/Fascinations-ANTW1-AntWorks/... farm

    This is the butterfly thing -- http://www.amazon.com/Insect-Lore-1075-Butterfly-G...

    This is ladybugs -- http://www.amazon.com/Insect-Lore-2100-Ladybug-Lan...

    Grow a frog -- http://www.amazon.com/Olympia-Sports-11832-Grow-A-... a frog

    Praying Mantis -- http://www.amazon.com/Fascinations-GreenEarth-Pray... a frog

    And sea monkies (but you can get it for cheaper at riteaid and toy stores) -- http://www.amazon.com/Schylling-Sea-Monkeys-Ocean-... monkeys

    When I was in dorms a year ago, I had a herb garden in a container, I went to walgreens and bought a mini-christmas tree too.... I also had sea monkies which are great because for travel you just put them in a bottle for a bit. But yah. Take a look at these. They're marketed to little kids, but seriously, who cares? I've had ant farms, ladybugs, and sea monkies although I REALLY wanted the butterflies too. So badly! Oh, and I also had the grow a frog. Awesome little guy. He is kinda dull though, but I thought most aquatic life is meh. They swim. I love them. But if you want something like "What are they doing?" Id go for the other ones. :)

    PS Katydids make a fair amount of noise.

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