Jan 28 2010

Is a crayfish a pet? What's YOUR oddest pet?

Kelli's son is bringing a crayfish home from school today to become his new pet. Kelli's a bit freaked out and Scott thinks she should eat it for dinner! What do YOU think? Ever had a weird pet? Tell us about your oddest pet and you could win a KLOVE prize pack!

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12/27/2009 10:26:28 PM
Charis United States
When I was 6 years old, me and my three brothers had a pet slug. He was about 6 inches long, ate lettuce, was kept in an aquarium. His name was Killer !!
12/27/2009 10:27:49 PM
Dawn Corbello United States
Dawn Corbello
I live in Louisiana. In our house, crawfish are not pets, they're supper!! LOL ! 'Boil some taters!' Kelli - you should trust Scott and at least try them. You can eat them other than boiled - tried fried or in a creole or gumbo. Bon appetit!!
12/27/2009 10:29:13 PM
Alan United States
Poor little guy! Keep him as a pet!

By the way, can you play Matt Maher's latest release, Hold Us Together?  Really diggin' that song and it's been a long day here at work in El Paso!  Peace and love....
12/27/2009 10:29:24 PM
Jason Bullock United States
Jason Bullock
I have one that I think is stranger... Madagascar Hissing Cochroaches
12/27/2009 10:29:32 PM
Cheryl United States
Kelli - Be glad it's not a SNAKE!  Snakes can escape and slitter all over the house, craydads can't get out of their container.  Mice, rats, hamsters can all get out of their cages, craydads can't.  It's a little weirder than a fish, but that's about it.  Be GLAD that's what he wants.  My daughter brought home rats from school!
12/28/2009 4:48:41 AM
Randall United States
We found a horned toad at a July 4 picnic in Oklahoma and kept him in an aquarium for almost a year.  My little girl named him H.T. (horn toad).  We walked down to the park every couple of days and collected fire ants for him to eat.  That was our oddest pet.
12/28/2009 4:49:24 AM
Tammy United States
How's a Triops for a strange pet?! They've been around for 200 million years (though my son's is only a few weeks old Smile).  It's a tadpole shrimp with 3 eyes - looks strange to me!
12/28/2009 4:51:46 AM
Cindy Duncan United States
Cindy Duncan
When I was in college, I lived with my brother.  he did not believe me that we had cockroaches in our house.  One night I waited for them to come out and I caught one.  I put him in a jar and named him Manny.  
12/28/2009 4:51:54 AM
Steve United States
I have always had a dog or cat or even one of each. The only thing I can say about the crayfish is they taste good and they make excellent fish bait. So you could eat half and use the other half as fish bait. Bass love them.
12/28/2009 4:52:02 AM
lisa neal United States
lisa neal
As a native Louisianian, I think you should eat the crawfish. Although it might traumatize your son. If you chose not to eat it, you could call it  Etouffee'(ay-too-fay).

My odd little pet is my dog, Ni-ni. She only has 2 legs (rear ones) and gets around fine. We obtained her from an elderly man who was being sent to a nursing home. The family couldn't keep the dog because of their schedule. We took her in. I take Ni-ni to visit her former owner. They have a sweet bond.    
12/28/2009 4:52:07 AM
Linda R United States
Linda R
  The craziest pets we ever had were preying mantises!. My daughter did a science fair project and decided to see if she could hatch a preying mantis egg case in January.  They hatched and we had about 50 ant size baby preying mantises which I had to keep alive until the middle of Febuary for the fair. We fed them pinhead crickets and things seemed to be going well until I noticed the number of mantises were dwindling. Thats when we discovered that they were eating each other! Needless to say she won the sciene fair and in
the spring there was only one very large preying
mantis left since he had eaten all the others. We
let him go outside in the spring.
12/28/2009 4:52:16 AM
Emily United States
Well, let's just see here. ;) I have a Russian Tortiose named Ilarion but we call him Larry which drives my dad CRAZY. And I also have a 17 year old cat who is STILL going on strong. My cat is about 1 year old and he has a 'mustache'. He has a white face and just under his nose is a little crooked, brown line of fur. Smile Oh, and we can't forget about BIMPY!!!! She's the 14 year old blind and deaf cockerspaniel who is actually only blind in one eye and deaf in the other ear. And when she sneezes, she hits her head on the floor. AND OUR FLOOR IS MADE OF RICKETY WOOD! It's really funny yet depressing at the same time, but usually laughter takes over and you can't stop laughing for about 5 minutes. If it goes on any longer than that, call a doctor. ;)

Ok, my pets are regular pets but they do stupid things and have stupid names.

And yes, 16 year cat IS in human years.

And yes, 14 year old blind and deaf dog IS in human years.
12/28/2009 4:52:46 AM
Kathleen Lyle United States
Kathleen Lyle
I lived in a 1600 sq. ft apt. When I was 18, I had 3 black cats, 2 ferrets, 5 hamsters, 3 red eared slider turtles, about 25 goldfish that were food for the turtles, and in my small closet in my room I had a bucket with a lamp that shined in it for my 5 chickens I hid away, so my mother wouldn't find them. Laughing
12/28/2009 4:52:55 AM
Jim Compton United States
Jim Compton
When I was 12 years old, we had a pet crow that was rescued as a baby by a state park ranger. The crow had been orphaned, and wasn't old enough to live on his own. It was fun watching him grow up and learn to fly. I let him be in the wild as I raised him. The whole neighborhood enjoyed him with his antics. The funny thing is his name...it was Garfunkle. Because my sister had exactly the same thing happen with her 6 years earlier with raising her crow. Her crow was named Simon. In the fall you could see the other crows call out to him to migrate, (I guess). He eventually flew away, like he was supposed to do.
12/28/2009 4:53:03 AM
jan United States
Oddest pet: A fly. Actually, several flies, but only one at a time. My youngest son was extremely afraid of flies when he was two years old, so the pediatrician recommended we keep a fly as a pet for him, but wanted us to let it go each day before his bedtime so it wouldn't die because that would be cruel and capture a new one each day.
12/28/2009 4:53:37 AM
lyudmila but please keep me ananymous United States
lyudmila but please keep me ananymous
i had a crayfish from 5th grade we fed it chicken liver and worms but after 2 weeks my cat got to him Frown and we had 2 pet deer not at the same time though. the first we had feline which my uncle found in his forest all alone we had goats at that time so we fed it goat milk from a bottle she went into the wild by herself and sometimes she would come by at night w/her baby she one came at new years eve and stayed until midnight. the second deer bambi we found in our field by himself starving 2 years later. we fed him and he would come into the house and he was very friendly. one thing he was scared of was our vacuum cleaner. if he was in the house when someone turned on he would go ballistic. one time my dad was taking on the couch and he came up and started sucking his ear because he was hungry woke hime up afer a few minutes.
12/28/2009 4:55:19 AM
Randall United States
While in college I found a large black widow spider behind a door at work and kept it in a jar next to my bed for about 5 months.  I fed her flies and other small bugs. I didn't name her, because I didn't know how long she would live, but she lasted till break so I let her go.  That was my most dangerous pet.
12/28/2009 4:56:03 AM
Janet Prokop United States
Janet Prokop
Our family always had different animals. we had a pet sKunk, crows,raccoons, slow loris monkeys, many different parrots, star tortitis, snapping turtles, mud turtles, otters, king snakes, boboa constrictor Everyone would come to our home to see all of the different animals. We of course would tend to have three dogs to round out the animals

My brother I think wanted to be a zoo keeper and my mother and father always inherited his animals.
12/28/2009 4:56:30 AM
JENNIFER United States
My dad blows up mountains for a living, and is an animal lover. Sometimes he would find baby animals on his job, so we had kind of a little animal rescue going on. We have had squirrels (gray and flying), hawks, crows, raccoons, a groundhog, foxes, even a deer fawn. I remember waking up every two hours to nurse baby animals from eyedrop bottles and baby bottles many many times as a kid. I also remember the deer fawn coming in the house one Christmas and going to the kitchen and eating almost an entire cake my mom had baked and placed on the table, LOL. But the strangest pet would be the skunk we had. We got him from a petshop in Florida and he had been altered so that he couldn't spray, and was a great pet, just like a puppy really.
12/28/2009 4:56:33 AM
michelle mccoy United States
michelle mccoy
We are not allowed to have pets(my husband says).. but one time i brought in some mosquitoes for pets... they were in jar with water..  my daughter cried that i would even consider that as a pet.. but i said it was better than nothing.. we watched them grow and change into adults.

it was also educational.  

that is our most unusual pet..
12/28/2009 4:56:41 AM
Danna Harris United States
Danna Harris
When I was younger, I had a really big fear of spiders---might've stemmed from the arachnophobia movie, but I'm not sure.  Smile   Anyway, I started catching them in jars just to learn about which ones were poisonous or harmful, and I found myself fascinated by them.  Most people hate spiders, but I am now a fan of them because most are not that harmful, leave people alone, and kill annoying bugs, like flies.  (I still hate brown recluses because they invade your stuff...)  But, long story short, I now own an awesome female wolf spider (I just call her Miss Spider) and an Oklahoma Brown Tarantula.  They're some of the most low-maintenance pets you can have--a couple crickets every couple weeks and keep water in their bowl, and that's it...best pets I've ever had! And entertaining--especially when they're eating, lol!
12/28/2009 4:57:17 AM
Stephanie B. United States
Stephanie B.
It's a toss up!
1. When my sister was little she found a clam in a nearby lake.  She took him home in a bucket, named him Herbie, and kept him in a creek by the house for about 1 year.  We don't know what happened to him after that.
2.  My children found a tiny dead field mouse near their dollhouse in the basement.  Little did I know that they made a tiny bonnet and placed it on the dolls bed.  The "pet" was there for a month or more before I found out!!!!
Which pet is more odd?  At least they were mess free and cheep to boot! You be the judge.
12/28/2009 4:57:44 AM
Esther United States
When I was growing up, my mom read a book (That Quail Robert) about a family who raised a Bobwhite Quail as a pet, so she decided to give it a try.  We went to a hatchery and got a bunch of eggs and put them under one of our chickens.  Several hatched and eventually went wild, but this one quail really bonded with us and refused to leave.  When cold weather arrived, we brought her inside and that's where she lived for 8 long years.  It's hard to explain the bond my entire family developed with that little bird...  She was very intelligent, loved to snuggle up with her people, loved to be pet under her eyes and on her throat, and loved listening to me play the piano.  She was one happy little bird and I still miss her to this day.
12/28/2009 4:58:13 AM
Gabi Murry United States
Gabi Murry
Growing up(in Germany) my dad brought home a young monkey. My dad worked for Mercedes-Benz as a mechanic, and his boss had a cage outside with 3 monkeys in it, a mother and her 2 younguns. At braketime the mechanics would tease the monkeys, and my dad would always pitty them. The boss kept nagging him to take one home. Finally my dad broke down and brought one of the young ones home. He was 2 or 3 years old, and we named him Hansi. He was too old to pottytrain, so we always kept him in a harness attached to a radiator pipe. That way it was easier to clean up(which wasn't much), and he always had a warm spot. We had him for 9 or 10 years. In the summer we would travel the dutch canals with our houseboat, and people referred to us as "the people with the monkey". He died of arthritis:-(
12/28/2009 4:58:23 AM
Greyson United States
i have 4 pet turtles at my home and each is fed worms in the summer along with fruits and veggies. it is really weird when we have to mow their yard bc we have to lift up their box and watch them at the same time.
12/28/2009 4:59:28 AM
kathy United States
during the first two years of our marriage, my husband had an iquana. he actually had this pet before he met me. before that he had a burmese python named conan. anyway, the iguana roamed the house. i remember opening my closet door only to find it hanging from one of my dresses!!!! he built a cage for it out of a fouton frame, but ultimately gave it to someone who had more time to care for it (i.e. let it outside daily, etc.), because we had a little one on the way and didn't want to take any chances.
12/28/2009 5:00:05 AM
Jenilee United States

My husband is a children's pastor and last summer we were speaking at a kids camp in Indiana. He does a characted names Ranger Rick and for the skit sets we were going to do for the kids, Ranger Rick needed a pet cockroach!!!! We had a cockroach in our house for a month before the camp and then it traveled with us from ohio to Indiana to Iowa where we visited family and left the cockroaches for my twin nephews to keep. I believe they fed the cockroaches to the catfish in their back pond. lol totally true story! Smile
12/28/2009 5:00:08 AM
David United States
I was 10 and kept a Black Widow spider for awhile. I guess it was just a period of discovery for me. I kept it in a jar outside and one day forgot to put it in the shade. Well I found out they don't do well in the Phoenix heat in summer.
12/28/2009 5:00:11 AM
Bex United States
When I was younger I played with all kinds of bugs. I adopted an ant and stuck him in my pocket then when I went to show my grandparents I couldn't find my pet ant. I went to get another one and it bit me. I haven't messed with ants since
12/28/2009 5:01:23 AM
john duncan United States
john duncan
Charlie,the opossum. i opened my back door one night and a big mama possum scurried away. she left behind one little baby possum. i took it in and cared for it.bottle fed it for quite some time, then later canned dog  or cat food. he later became an outdoor possum  and would return to the back window every night. we joked that he liked to watch tn as much as any person, but one night he never showed up.  end of story.  
12/28/2009 5:01:46 AM
Bill United States
We have 2 rattlesnakes,(for my snake awareness class) and 1 black widow. Yes, I love to feed them and check them out. We also have 2 dogs and my 14 year old has a King snake, her snakes name is Zephrina and is 4ft. long.
12/28/2009 5:02:13 AM
Ceslie O'Brien United States
Ceslie O'Brien
I've had a lot of crazy pets. At one point we had a baby bat. We've also had 2 flying squirrels, 3 normal squirrels, and a racoon at different points in time. Right now we have a pitbull that lives in the house, a mutt that lives outside, and four cats outside.
12/28/2009 5:02:55 AM
Alicia Barbaryka United States
Alicia Barbaryka
Me and my sister had pet mice when we were about 6.  One white and one brown.  They were kept in 2 seperate aquariums about a foot apart. Each tank had a covering on it. The only thing we figured out was that one was female and one was male.  We never put them together in the same tank, yet somehow a litter of baby mice was born later.  We never did figure this mystery out and probably never will.  
12/28/2009 5:03:33 AM
Cheryl Bissett United States
Cheryl Bissett
Hi guys! Well, my son also had a crayfish when he was about eight or nine. He Loved that thing!! I think we fed it...hmmm...was it crickets...gosh, it's been so long! He had part rocks and part water going on in that big ol aquarium...I'm thinking he ate gold fish too...but I may be wrong..ha ha

Oh, regarding being brave enough to approach someone famous. When I was about 18, my mom and I were at a Johnny Mathis concert and when it was over I was like, "Mom lets sneak out that back door to try and see him" Well, we did and believe it or not NO one was around except for us and him. He was sitting in the back of a limo, breathing heavy still, and there we stood right in front of the limo....not even a limo driver around!! It was so weird and boy did I feel like I invaded his space. Ironically, I was the one saying lets go see him....and then my mom told me to go over and hand him the flower I was holding. Well, I did and he smiled and then we ran outa there!! It was interesting, that's for sure Smile
12/28/2009 5:03:44 AM
Kathy Goss United States
Kathy Goss

You do realize that these creatures....crawdads, are in the same family as a cockroach? Yuck! I live in Mississippi, but I don't eat those things!
The craziest pet I've ever had was a hermit crab. They really are great pets....but they smell. Just thought I'd share!!!!
12/28/2009 5:06:40 AM
Reggie United States
Ive had alot was always in the woods as a kid and still today.lizards,worms,frogs,snip turtle,bat,copperhead,squrrels,possuim i found  on the road his mom was ran over and i seen something movein so stoped,locaust watched him come out of his bug shell wit the kids that was cool  
12/28/2009 5:07:17 AM
Lois United States
I have a blue lobster named Azul. Its a really pretty blue. I got it when it was about 1/2 inch long. It is now about 4 inches long. I have no idea weather it is a boy or girl.
12/28/2009 5:07:45 AM
Jenilee United States

we had a mouse once too in our cookie jar. yuck!
12/28/2009 5:08:14 AM
Briana Boyd United States
Briana Boyd
When I was 8, my puppy dog, Lucky, was trying to eat a baby squirrel. Here I come to the rescue! I took the baby squirrel from Lucky's mouth, took it inside and it became my pet. I fed it milk through a straw, and made it a bed in an Avon box my granny gave me! Needless to say the squirrel didn't survive but a week with me as its mommy! Frown
12/28/2009 5:18:25 AM
Vanessa United States
A few years ago, I found a foot long walking stick on my mom's daylilies. I've always loved that walking stick in A Bug's Life, so I kept it in an old aquarium and named it Twiggy. He lived in there for about 3 weeks, then disappeared. After a few days, we found him again in the rubber plant next to our back door. Mom was so freaked out that he'd escape again that we finally had to release him back "into the wild." ;)
12/28/2009 5:19:22 AM
sharon Krohn United States
sharon Krohn
my husband said he had a rock in wisc. that was his pet. he took crea of it washed it talked to it. he cant remember what happened to it. pray for oklahoma alot of snow # power out so keep us in your pray. were in oklahoma city still have power. olve you both love sharon krohn
12/28/2009 5:19:34 AM
Shelly United States
My husband and I adopted a coatimundi. When we went to visit it, we weren't planning on adopting the animal. However, the animal was not living in the best home, because its previous owners had too many pets. So, because he was so cute and we felt that we could provide a better temporary home, we adopted it. A coatimundi is part of the raccoon family and is native to South America. Our pet's name was Meeko and was very similar to the raccoon in Pocahontas, because it was very clever and loved to steal your gadgets. We eventually found him a great home at a zoo.
12/28/2009 5:21:31 AM
Molly United States
My family's oddest pets were, and still are, Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches.  The flightless bugs are around three inches long and live in a mulch lined aquarium and really do hiss when touched. We call them our 'exotic pets' and they're are also the only animals to survive a 15 year stay at my house. Smile  
12/28/2009 5:21:53 AM
Lisa Kidd United States
Lisa Kidd
When I was little, we had a pet raccoon, the got to be fairly friendly with the adults. Not so much with us kids, but his name was Boozer. The adults give him beer and loved it!
12/28/2009 5:22:13 AM
Diane Golden United States
Diane Golden
We lived on the Palos Verdes Penninsula in Southern Cal growing up and we had an octopus for a pet until the crabs that my brother would catch for food for the octopus escaped and found their way into my parents room. Soon after the octopus went back to the sea.  
12/28/2009 5:22:30 AM
Shannon Sjol United States
Shannon Sjol
I had a veiled chameleon named Francois. He was about 7 inches long and loved to eat crickets, mealworms, and almost anything else you'd usually kill if it was in your house.
One winter we had a really bad ice storm and the heat (along with all the electric) went out. Since chameleons are tropical animals, I had to keep him warm. That meant he tagged along to breakfast with us hanging on my shirt strap underneath my coat.
12/28/2009 5:23:07 AM
Stephanie Letchworth United States
Stephanie Letchworth
Years ago my husband (my boyfriend at the time) had some work to do at a chicken plant, where they raised cute little chicks to sell as chickens. The owner let him take home a baby chick, which he gave to me (I'm sure my parents really appreciated that!). We named him Goldie and he lived quite a while until summer was over and I went back to college. Sadly, he died while I was away at school but my dad was sweet enough to give him the proper burial - in an Igloo cooler in the backyard. :o)
12/28/2009 5:24:10 AM
Kara United States
When we first moved to Texas my daughter who was 5 at the time discovered toads. I know this is not an unusual pet, but they where not so much her pet as much as her doll instead.  She had two toads she had caught, Princess and Spike.  She played with them like they where Barbie dolls. When I told her she needed to let them go back to their families, she suggested we write their names on their bellies with a magic marker.  That way she could find them again.
12/28/2009 5:25:44 AM
jacki woodward United States
jacki  woodward
When I was younger, I lived in the booneys of florida and had a few pets, 1 was a owl, a pet aligator, and my fav was my pet armidillo.I love nature, they were fun, I wanted to say thank you for your show, I listen alot, you help up lift me, God Bless
12/28/2009 5:26:46 AM
Deanne Schramm United States
Deanne Schramm
We have 2 assassin bugs and a lady bug as pets right now.  One assassin bugs name is Buddy and the other ones name is Penelope.  The lady bug's name is Lola.  We found them in our house and since it is winter time, we can't let them outside because they would die.  We feed the assassin bugs flightless fruit flies, crickets and we are also trying meal worms.  The lady bug is eating apples.  We will release them all when it is warm enough!
12/28/2009 5:27:29 AM
kurt United States
The oddest pet i had when i was younger was sea monkeys.You would get them through the mail in a small pouch add them to water and watch them grow. The only problem is you couldnt see them.Not much fun
12/28/2009 5:27:37 AM
Michelle Terwey United States
Michelle Terwey
My oddest, and favorite pet is my Java monkey. He was given to us about 1 1/2 yrs ago and things have never been the same. One Sunday while we were at church he figured out how to get out of his 6'x7' cage in our living room and when we walked in he was sitting right by the door to greet us. Our house looked just like in the movies when monkeys get loose! I'd inadvertantly taught him that treats were in coffee and oatmeal cans,,thus All my coffee was dumped out all over my kitchen and my oatmeal and spices,,anything with lids. He's a handful but so much fun to have. Keeps us always on our toes. Can't imagine being without him now..So glad we have him.
12/28/2009 5:28:19 AM
clinton boden United States
clinton boden
when i was living  in ky i had a pet cayman crocodile
12/28/2009 5:28:24 AM
Julie United States
When I was a kid we had a pet snake that we fed mice to.  Once my brother brought home a small rat but the snake didn't eat it, instead they became friends.  They'd sleep with the snake wrapped around the rat.  We decided to get rid of the snake but we kept the rat.  I named him Richard and he sat on my shoulder when I did my chores.  It was a sad day when he died...I loved my rat!!  And if I remember right, the snake was a boa.
12/28/2009 5:28:47 AM
Tammy Miller United States
Tammy Miller
When I was about 13 I had a Madagascar hissing cockroach. It was really sweet and the only time it hissed was if you took your finger nail and went the wrong way up its hard-outer shell/back. Now keep in mind I hate cockroaches but these kind walk extremely slow and they are as wide as eisenhowser dollar and as long as half a banana, great pet, and these ones are actually very clean and easy to take care of Laughing.
12/28/2009 5:29:24 AM
RaCHEL United States
we can not have pets in our house due to my cookie business.  So when my daughter was asked if she had any pets she replied - a potato bug.  
12/28/2009 5:29:36 AM
Matt United States
I had a pet grasshopper. To this day, it was the biggest grasshopper I have ever seen! Unfortunately, it was also the shortest time I had ever had a pet, as I simultaneously had a pet frog... I housed them together for a short while. When I came back with more appropriate housing for them, I discovered the giant grasshopper had been defeated, and the frog had made a break for it. From that point on, I had a one-pet-at-a-time policy.
12/28/2009 5:30:01 AM
Laurasnl United States
While living in Panama about 13 years ago we had a Praying Mantis.  She (Charlotte)used to drink droplets of water off our fingers.  We would cock our head from side to side and she would mimic us.  On Christmas morning we saw that she was laying her egg sack.  She unfortnately died a short time later but one day all her babies began popping out of the sack like mini popcorn.  We were overjoyed to release them into the yard. What an amazing learning experience for my 4 children.  They still talk about her.
12/28/2009 5:30:16 AM
Ryan Tatum United States
Ryan Tatum
me and my friend have a wild pet bunny in denver named steve
12/28/2009 5:30:22 AM
Leslei Enright United States
Leslei Enright
I grew up in Texas and my mom worked for a pipeline company the crew accidentally killed an armidillo with babies so my mom brought a baby home for me. I bottle fed it, it lived in a box in my room with a heating pad. He was so young his shell was still pink and soft. The vet said he was too young to survive without his mother and he was right. I only had him for a week!

But my neighbor who loved all animals had a pet buzzard! Yep a buzzard she called him buzzy! I would sit on her shoulder and giver her "kisses" he road on the hood of her car when she drove down the road, he also tormented our dog by coming into our yard and barking (and he sounded like a real dog) at our dog until she got mad and would go to chase the buzzard and buzzy would fly away!
12/28/2009 5:30:29 AM
Chuck Mangini United States
Chuck Mangini
Years ago, when I attended junior college, I roomed with 4 other young men in a rental house.  Since none of us took baths (only showers), we decided to get an alligator for a pet.  Granted, it was only about 6-8" long but we housed him in our bathtub.  We used sand for the land and had a pond where we planted tiny goldfish for food.  You can only imagine the response we would get when guests would use that bathroom.
12/28/2009 5:33:20 AM
Sharon Prevette United States
Sharon Prevette
As a child I had a pet pig. His name was Chester. We would go down to the barn where he hung out and feed him every afternoon.

I don't know if you would call this other a pet or not. But my grandfather kept in part of his shed a raccoon. We would feed him through a fence in that part of the shed. We had fun doing this and watching him run in circles. Those circles included running across the top of the shed.
12/28/2009 5:33:42 AM
Suzy Meeder United States
Suzy Meeder
Although, it may not be the most unusual pet, our family did give a family of guppies the most unusual home when I brought them home from 1st grade.  We used the mixing bowl from my mother's Sunbeam Mixmaster mixer.  Needless to say, we never used that bowl to mix cake mix, again.  Scott and Kelli, love to listen to you!  Have told all my friends about your wonderful and inspirational radio station here in Pittsburgh.  Thank you.
12/28/2009 5:33:48 AM
Mike Foster United States
Mike Foster
When growing up I had a pet guinea bird. They are somewhat wild like a chicken but related to a pheasant.  He was house broke and would use the bathroom on a newspaper on the fireplace mantel.  When outside he would sit on top of the chimney and land on the roof of any vehicle that pulled into the driveway scaring people to death.  He was a great watch dog or bird I guess.   Unfortunatelly he chased cars and especially the trash truck.  he got too close one day and was run over by the truck.  Homer was no more after that.

12/28/2009 5:33:56 AM
nancy volk United States
nancy volk
my strangest pet was the mouse I took away from my three dogs. They were playing catch with it in the back yard so I kept it until it got loose and one of my snakes or the cats ate it. Never did find it again.
12/28/2009 5:34:08 AM
Tammy Miller United States
Tammy Miller
also, at one point I've had 9 pets all together with a rabbit, some cats, 2 dogs, and a fish in a tank. I've also had a hermit crab, it died of maggots(was really grosssssss). And I had a little bity frog in a tank that lived a full year.
12/28/2009 5:36:35 AM
Kathy Mikell United States
Kathy Mikell
growing up I had the usual cats, dog, bird, fish, turtles (Huntley & Brinkley) yeah - you two probably weren't born yet to know who they were Smile. But my most unique was pollywogs - but one time i didn't take them in the house; i put them in the birdbath in the yard.....the birds loved their dinner....

I have two boys and when they were little we had a pet rat snake named Billy and he lived in a large aquarium...that is until the day I came home and saw the top ajar and he was almost out. That weekend, Billy got a new home in the woods far away.
12/28/2009 5:37:51 AM
Renee United States
Does it have to be an animal? When my son was 3, he had a pet bar of Irish Spring he named Soapy. He carried that bar of soap everywhere he went, even to school!
12/28/2009 5:38:11 AM
colorado United States
My kids have been trying to call in to tell you that they've had 3 black widows as pets.  They would catch flies and we (mom or dad) would feed the spiders.  Wacky, but fun to watch.  The kids think it's cool.
12/28/2009 5:38:30 AM
Keri Ruffin United States
Keri Ruffin
I had a baby koi as a pet...... he was so cute..... He started off with a asian name then i started calling him fishey and then i finally started calling him apollo and that name stuck. He was the cutest fish ever.... I kept him in my room in a tank and he started getting bigger but one day he died. Frown i was so sad. One day i will have another apollo.
12/28/2009 5:38:32 AM
Nicole United States
The wierdest pets we've had as a family are hermit crabs-and we've had several.  Though you do have to be careful if you have more than one when they start to molt.  The non-molting ones will eat the one that is molting.  We lost a few that way. They don't do all that much but climb.  I'm afraid I much prefer cats!!
12/28/2009 5:38:34 AM
Joni A United States
Joni A
When I was 5ish, I was at a nearby creek and captured a salamander. I took him home and kept him for a day, in a big jar.  My mom felt really sorry for "George" and so the next day,we returned him to the creek.    
12/28/2009 5:40:37 AM
Heather W United States
Heather W
My grandpa recently told me a story about how they had a pet goose named Dewey when my dad was growing up.  It started to chase kids on their way home from school so they had to get rid of it!
12/28/2009 5:42:25 AM
Renee United States
Knowing my love for animals my folks got my siblings and me white tail deer that we raised from a day old. We had a max of 4 at a time some that were found abandoned and others we bought but I would say the weirdest animal I have ever owned was a malard duck. We got three of them (one for each of us) and watched them grow up in our rooms until they were big enough to go out side in the chicken coop. Two were eaten by a Coon (my brother got the best of him) leaving poor little Abendigo all alone... I to this day claim that duck as mine because out of the three kids i was the only one who took care of him! About 2 years ago I took him to a local park that had a lake and other malards and set him free. Upon later visits I have been unsuccessful at finding him... Frown not sure what happened to him cuz he never learned to fly...
12/28/2009 5:43:36 AM
Amanda United States
I just thought I'd share my oddest pet growing up. I was living in Indiana at the time, and my family and I lived out in the country. So, one day my mom and I went to one of those stores where you buy cow feed, and odd food for farm animals. Anyways, they had baby ducks and baby geese in those little blue swimming pools sitting in the middle of an isle. Needless to say, i walked out of the store with two ducks and one baby goose. (Convienently I named them cheese, qwackers, and twerkey) The two ducks and the goose lived in the middle of my bedroom in a blue swimming pool for about a year. Truly, they were probably the best pets that I've ever had. Two ducks. One goose. Living in a small swimming pool.
12/28/2009 5:43:58 AM
Catherine Lassesen United States
Catherine Lassesen
We had a racoon... Bandit. We would walk her like a dog. One problem, if she became afraid, she would crawl up our legs and body and sit on our head and with her fingers cover our eyes. She ate craw fish and raw eggs and things like that.
12/28/2009 5:44:21 AM
Dana Ferguson United States
Dana Ferguson
I have had many strange pets throughout my life, thanks in part to a mom who never told me no about any animal, and also to being that same kind of mom with my own kids.  But I've always thought that my pet opossums named "Goober" and "Gomer" were pretty much the most unusual.  I was in 3rd grade, and a friend brought them to me in a Corn Flakes box. Their mom had been hit by a car. They were very small. We borrowed a cage, and kept them for quite a while.  I even took them to school for "show and tell".  
12/28/2009 5:46:02 AM
Sandra United States
When I was in 1st or 2nd grade I lived in Hawaii.  Our class had a bunch of class pets... a bird, a snake, a rat, a turtle, etc.  They were all from a local pet store with the understanding the store would take them back at summer break.  When summer came, they were told they wouldn't take the snake or the rat.  They decided to have a drawing.  The students had to get permission slips signed to be included in the drawing.  I won the rat ;)  His name was PJ... and he was quite the escape artist.
12/28/2009 5:47:12 AM
John Smith United States
John Smith
I had 5 paranas as a pet when we lived over seas
We fed them chicken
12/28/2009 5:47:22 AM
Barry United States
a pet rock!!!!
12/28/2009 5:48:41 AM
Matthew Parker United States
Matthew Parker
My cat has a fond taste for Doritos and when my sister was in 5th grade bet rock were all the rage
12/28/2009 5:49:53 AM
megan tibbs United States
megan tibbs
last winter we bottle fed a newborn lamb that we named "justin", after the guy that gave him to us.  he wore diapers and we kept him in the house since the temp outside was bitter cold.  it was messy, exciting, and so much fun.  he would sleep with my son in his bed.  i have GREAT photos and videos from the experience. and i will NEVER do it again!  Smile
12/28/2009 5:50:01 AM
Heidi DeLap United States
Heidi DeLap
A couple of summers ago my husband rescued a baby opossum from a bucket of water on our porch.  She still lives with us.  She has proved every stereotype about opossums wrong.  She is very sweet, quiet, and curious.  She is cleaner than any of our cats.  And no, opossums are not giant rats that carry rabies.  Actually, they are immune to rabies and cannot carry them!
12/28/2009 5:53:27 AM
Jaime Howard United States
Jaime Howard
When I was in Junior High I had an Emu for a pet. It even had a huge "crush" on my step-brother. It put tons of smiles on our faces. I loved that Emu.
12/28/2009 5:55:14 AM
Conni Griffee United States
Conni Griffee
When my children were around 8 and 10, we were visiting friends in Arizona and picked up a tarantula, which we kept as a pet for about 2 years.  (We think it dug a hole in the sand and died).      

12/28/2009 5:56:11 AM
Kristen United States
When I was little, my brother had two hissing cockroaches from Madagascar named Hiss and Danny (named after his best friend). We kept them in a little plastic cage and fed them food pellets and gave them cotton balls soaked in water for hydration. They actually lived several years and became popular through show and tell and several school projects on Madagascar.
12/28/2009 5:58:53 AM
Ashley Bird United States
Ashley Bird
So when I was in 6th grade. I had a pencil sharpener as a pet.  I took her to all my classes and she would listen to the teacher talk just like i did and then she would help me wit my homework, her name was Julie. She sadly passed away the summer after my 6h grade year.
12/28/2009 5:59:50 AM
Amie United States
When my sister and I were in middle school, we moved to a new home in the country which we were in the (slow)process of building/finishing. My Dad was bricking the front of the house, and had big stacks (bundles) of bricks sitting out front waiting to be layed. One day while looking for the house key (in the stack of bricks), after school, we found also a tiny mouse! At first we were a bit frightened, but eventually we grew to anticipate it's presence each day after school. He/she became our little friend until winter set in. We named it and talked to it every day! No, we didn't touch it, so the gender is still a mystery to us!!

Also, a second pet story from my childhood involves a tarantula! Yep, my parents had friends in Arizona and, per my Dad's request, they brought some to us in a coffee can one summer!  I rode with that can on my lap during a four hour trip back home, despite my arachniphobia. (You see, there was a VERY tight fitting lid on that coffee can!!!) We kept them for quite a few years in a dry fish tank.
12/28/2009 6:01:23 AM
Kristine Neal United States
Kristine Neal
A couple of years ago we had a black widow outside our door.  We tried to kill her a few times, but she kept hiding from us, so we eventually kept her as a "pet".  We of course named her Charlotte.
12/28/2009 6:03:00 AM
Rebecca Carter United States
Rebecca Carter
When I was a kid, we had a flying squirrel named Dingy.  She was named after my brother's girlfriend.  One night the squirrel got out and hid inside the bathroom wall,beside the sink.  Like in a cartoon, my dad decided to get her out.  When he shined the flashlight under the sink, the squirrel came "flying" out.  She zoomed around my dad from his head to his toes.  When he finally caught her, we were all on the floor, dieing with laughter.
12/28/2009 6:04:02 AM
Shelly United States
My husband and I adopted a coatimundi. When we went to visit it, we weren't planning on adopting the animal. However, the animal was living in not the best home, because its previous owners had too many pets. A coatimundi is part of the raccoon family and is native to South America. They are also known as the Brazillian aardvark. Our pet's name was Meeko and was very similar to the raccoon in Pocahontas, because it was very clever and loved to steal your gadgets. We eventually found him a great home at a zoo.
12/28/2009 6:04:07 AM
Angie United States
I had three pet hermit crabs when I was in college.  I thought one of them had died and convinced my (then) fiancé to get rid of it.  Turned out it had just shed it's skin and was hiding in a new shell until it's new skin hardened.  I was terified of them but people kept giving them to me!
12/28/2009 6:06:33 AM
Amber United States
When I was younger I raised farm animals, and I had decided that I was going to breed my lamb to get a baby lamb, to possibly sell.. ( i know what this sounds like) well as the time went along my lamb/ewe was getting ready to have her baby and her lamb that she had, had 6 legs and looked like a spider, later on I had done some research on it and apparently it is a genetic disorder called "spider lamb syndrome" and this can happen Frown who would have thought a 9 year old would get a pet like that Smile
12/28/2009 6:07:39 AM
Linda Hinde United States
Linda Hinde
My son wanted this pretty green lizard from the pet shop, she was a Jeweled Lizard, so he named her Julie much to the dismay of their babysitter, Julie.  I was at work and got this hysterical phone call from my son, Julie was having babies, it took a few moments to register it was the lizard, she had 7.  Growing up we had a gamut of pets, birds and reptiles, but never a pregnant lizard, and I thought that lizards just laid eggs, these were just born, no eggs.
12/28/2009 6:09:45 AM
Jennifer United States
    My son had a pet crawdad (that's what we call them in Iowa) and let me tell ya they stink!  He's had other pets from the great outdoors, like a baby snake from our yard, and a turtle we found on the side of the road, but the crawdad was the worst!  I kept telling him "Look at the poor little fella, doesn't he look sad? I think he wants to go back with his friends."  
    We have an agreement about bringing in animals from outside.  They should be small and kept contained, and after a few weeks they go to a more natural habitat.  He has fun keeping and studying them and when the novelty wears off he lets them go.  
12/28/2009 6:11:56 AM
Stephen J. Padilla United States
Stephen J. Padilla
My four-year-old daughter, Libby, has a bunch of pet sowbugs (aka pillbugs or rolly-pollies).  We keep them in the "SeaQuarium" that my Sea Monkeys came in, after the Sea Monkey colony expired.  We feed them carrots, potatoes, and apples.  Not entirely like a kid that plays with the box instead of the toy that was in the box, they eat the paper towel that we use to keep things moist and ignore the intended food.
12/28/2009 6:13:51 AM
Angela Fullford United States
Angela Fullford
I had an 18 inch Fire Eel who jump out of the aquarium, once landing on my shoulder! I would have to yell for my dad or brothers to quickly pick him up and throw him back in the tank cause I was too scared to touch him!
12/28/2009 6:14:43 AM
Denise Hull United States
Denise Hull
When we were living in the boonies hours away from the Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia (our parents were missionaries), one of the natives brought us a wild baby pig. Cassius Clay (that'll give you an idea what decade we're talking about!) had just won the boxing championship, so that's what we named him! How's that for an unusual pet?
12/28/2009 6:22:15 AM
Angela S United States
Angela S
When I was around 8 years old, we had a baby chick. She grew and grew, until she was old and plump. Then we had fried chicken for dinner. My youngest sister, 5 at the time, refused to eat it so we told her that the fried chicken was store bought. It wasn't.
12/28/2009 11:24:21 AM
Tim Barnett United States
Tim Barnett
My dad thought it was great to have a baby skunk for a pet.  That didnt last long Smile

Tim from South Point, Ohio
12/28/2009 11:25:43 AM
Lisa United States
My two strangest pets would have to be the baby raccoon, Molly, that I raised on a bottle when I was in 6th grade and a hedgehog that just recently passed away. The raccoon was a lot of fun. Interestingly enough, because she wasn't raised by her mother she was afraid of the creek the first time I took her to it and climbed my bare leg to get out of it! She eventually ran away due to a misunderstanding between her and my mother about the chicken house. The hedgehog was not a lot of fun because he would only wake up when everyone else in the house was asleep. We called him Cranky because if you got to close he would curl up in a ball and make a puffing/hissing sound.
12/28/2009 11:25:43 AM
Hannah Sockwell United States
Hannah Sockwell
I have a bearded dragon.  He is actually my class pet (I teach kindergarten), but I bring him home on the weekends and during the summer.  His name is Roy.  

The first week of school all I heard from the kids was, "HE MOVED!!! ROY MOVED!!!"  They would shout this anytime he moved or even turned his head.  Now they hardly ever notice them because he just sits in his tank and looks at them!
12/28/2009 11:26:43 AM
Amanda Myers United States
Amanda Myers
About 2 years ago while school was out for the summer, i was nominated to take our Madagascan hissing cockroaches home since no one else wanted the job.  They have between 30 and 60 babies at one time so we got overrun very quickly!!!  I was known through the school as the bug lady.  My dog loved to play with them and enjoyed their stay with us.  My fiancee, not so much!!!
12/28/2009 11:26:58 AM
Wendy Schlichting United States
Wendy Schlichting
One morning; my husband and I went to drive our son to kindergarten and there was a praying mantis on the hood of our car. We had a bet to see if it would make it to school and back home again...if it did; my husband could keep it as he loves bugs and my son has a neat nature box. Sure enough; the bug hung on for dear life and so my husband got to have his first pet!! A few months into his feeding it live crickets, that were for my son's frog and making sure it had fresh grass and twigs...my husband found an interesting little brown cocoon up near the air holes.
Come to find out the bug was a female and was either pregnant or was able to get herself pregnant without anyone knowing.
Eventually I got tired of buying bugs for the bug and told my husband to let it go and we never saw a peep one out of the little brown cocoon.
But it was an interesting experience to say the least!
12/28/2009 11:28:18 AM
Velma LeBlanc United States
Velma LeBlanc
Hi my name is Velma when I was a  child my daddy brought home a baby Nuetra Rat we loved it! today I ask myself what was he thinking!!!! We have  a family picture with all seven children and a rat.
And on another occasion he brought home a Racoon the Racoon was not as friendly did not keep that raccon long. Maybe the reason for the animals i my opinion was because we live in South Louisiana
and he worked in the marsh hunting nuetra and Aligators does that not sound like a Louisiana story. wanted to share this funny story.
12/28/2009 11:29:24 AM
Lisa Chaple United States
Lisa Chaple
My brothers and I grew up in Florida and we seemed to always have weird pets around. The strangest was an armadillo that we walked around the neighborhood on a harness/leash. In addition we had two alligators that we kept in the bathtub(one with a broken leg that the vet fixed), 3 baby raccoons which we acquired when their eyes were still closed, a mudpuppy that we chased through a culvert and a lots of snakes; one had about 100 live babies which we discovered one morning much to my Mom's displeasure. We seemed to have the neighborhood zoo...along with all the usual pets; cats, dogs, hamsters, guinea pigs, etc.
12/28/2009 11:30:46 AM
Byron Phillips United States
Byron Phillips
My dad was a rodeo clown (entertainer) and used wild skunks in one of his rodeo acts. We would catch them in the wild, de-scent them (this part was very very tricky), and then train them for the act. One skunk was much friendlier than the rest and was allowed in the house every now and then. It was pretty much a cat with a long tail!
12/28/2009 11:31:19 AM
Mindy O United States
Mindy O
When I was a little girl we lived on a farm in Iowa.  We had a pet peacock and it was so neat.  His name was Herman and he was rather loud...lol.  He often ran away across the highway to the neighbors.  We still have some of him today in our homes...his feathers.
12/28/2009 11:32:33 AM
Cindy Sweeney United States
Cindy Sweeney
Well, I have to say that I have had numerous odd & not so odd pets over the years. Dogs, Cats, snakes, lizards, an iguana, birds, a stingray, box turtles, hamsters. The two coolest and most unusual were a flying squirrel named Rocky of course and a Mallard Hen named Milo. Milo was an awesome pet! She adopted me as a hatchling - had been abandoned or had the misfortune of hatching late...I'm not sure but she was all alone and wanted a Mommy. She quickly became a bit of a Diva duck. She had her own room inside the house with a two story deluxe condo and a pool in the back yard. She loved to cuddle, play ball and play with your hair. She would follow you everywhere and liked going for rides in the car. She passed away unexpectedly in September 2009 and I was absolutely devastated by the loss. Ducks are extremely social and intelligent and I will never look at one the same way again! I hope one day to have another!
12/28/2009 11:32:50 AM
Karen United States
When I was little I had 3 miniature turtles.  I dated a guy that had a boa named
olivia Newton John.  He also had a rattler, a cockateel and a salt water fish tank.
My daughter is an animal lover so we've had a variety of things.  We had a preying mantis a few weeks for a science project.  My sister brought hermit crabs home from the beach one year for my kids.  My husband found a turtle on the road one day so he stopped and got it for my daughter.  She had it in a box in her room with a little water and some lettuce.  The next morning the box was turned over and the turtle was gone.  Finally found it in under the bed.  We've had up to 22 cats and kittens at one time too.
12/28/2009 11:41:44 AM
Reta United States
As kids, we had a field mouse we named Sukiyaki as a pet. We kept him in a shoe box for a couple of weeks before he finally made his great escape. That's what our Mom told us (I think she put him back into the field when we were in school). Why a field mouse, I haven't a clue. I think my brother caught him & decided to make him our pet.
12/28/2009 11:44:26 AM
Tamara P United States
Tamara P
well, this probably isn't so strange for some especially since I live in Arizona now When we lived in Colorado and my daughter was in first grade she was picked to take the classroom pet home for the holidays. For some reason her teacher had a pet tarantula named Rosie!  So Rosie was our pet for TWO weeks. Creepy as it was, Rosie was a good pet.  My dad also had a tarantula just a couple of years ago, it got out of it's cage, my mom was livid! Wink
12/28/2009 11:49:11 AM
Erin OC United States
Erin OC
How does 1 cat, 1 parakeet, 2 guinea pigs, 1 rabbit, 1 garter snake, a bunch of fish, a couple of turtles, anoles (lizards from Florida), frogs, mice and gerbils that perpetually multiplied, and... 2 domestic geese!! The geese were the best... we would play "tag" all of the time, and their eggs were great!!

And no, we did NOT live an a farm. We lived in a near northwest suburb of Chicago! Smile

My Mom's "pets" probably top the list: 2 Florida Alligators. Really. They eventually ended up at the Milwaukee zoo. Smile (I have newspaper articles from the Chicago Tribune to boot.)

I love your show!!

PS - Don't eat the crayfish! Your child will be traumatized! Keep it!
12/28/2009 12:00:31 PM
Serena United States
My family went fishing every weekend since I was in a crib. We grew up on the side of the lake so we had lots of "pets".  Dogs, cats, horses, llamas, finch, parakeets, parrots, minah birds, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, snakes, lizards, crawdads,fish,snails,worms,crickets,toads,turtles, tad poles, so many.   I would say our strangest was either a pirhanna named Cannibas, a garden spider I caught at the lake and had in the kitchen on the table.  She had a huge egg with her and when it hatched we had baby spiders all over the kitchen.  Hanging from the ceiling,the lights, in the windows, on the table, everywhere..too many to count. Dad said that I had to set her and her babies free!!!!! Or all the bull frogs we would catch every week, name and have frog races with the neighborhood kids all week, then on Friday we would eat their little frog legs and go back to the lake to catch more.  Those pets did not last long!!!!  What a great life we had!!!!  Thanks mom and dad!
12/28/2009 12:14:20 PM
Olivia D. United States
Olivia D.
Hi, The craziest pet I have ever had was a hermit crab from Virginia Beach. I loved that thing to death. Literally. One day I went to my friend's house and when I came back, all that was left of him was the shell. He had a beautiful bronze shell and his name was Bronze. I kept him in a little tank that smelled and I had to clean it every day. I always kept that shell and I still have it to this day.

Just thought I'd share that. Smile
12/28/2009 12:17:27 PM
Erica Whaley United States
Erica Whaley
When I was younger my dad and I had pet skunks.  There names were squeaky, lil bit, cleopatra and of course pepe-le-pew.  I gave them baths, blow dried them and even put perfume on them.  When my dad would get home from work they would climb him to get attention.  They still had their stink-bags in and the only one that ever sprayed was Pepe when he got startled once.  They were the best pets ever!!
12/28/2009 12:18:17 PM
Jennifer United States
When I was growing up, I had a pet goose named Albert.  Albert was my personal guard goose.  When anyone tried to hurt me, he would try to bite them.  My father scolded me one day for something, and Albert didn't like that one bit!  He took off after him and chased him around the yard.  Albert also would chase the school bus, head down, kind of like the road runner.  It was hilarious!  I've seen plenty of cat prints on car hoods, but can you imagine what Albert's webbed feet looked like?  

He was a sweet, one of a kind pet, with huge blue eyes.  I still miss him.
12/28/2009 12:20:46 PM
Sarah United States
I grew up on a farm and we had some odd pets. The oddest one I can think of was our duck named Abraham. He thought he was a dog. He would sleep in the dog house with our beagle, Nellie Bell.
He even chased after the school bus every morning, right behind the dog. He would run and spread his wings and "bark". He would even snuggle her puppies. AND he hated water.....makes me laugh to think of him!
12/28/2009 12:23:22 PM
Michelle Lynn United States
Michelle Lynn
I brought a crayfish home once but it died the next day.
I have two weird pets right now. A male (Henry Hubert Harryhausen) & a female (Henryetta) fiddler crab. The male has one HUGE claw about the size of half his body! The female has two small claws (which is good for her because she can stuff more food in her mouth at once). Every couple of months they shed their skin. The old skin looks like a real live crab, I don't know how they get out of it! All day long they scuttle around the tank and look for food. Henry Hubert Harryhausen likes to stand up on a rock and wave his big claw around to impress Hennryetta!
12/28/2009 12:25:23 PM
Debbie United States
We had an indoor pet goat that was bottle fed as a baby and was potty trained- never ever went potty in the house!
12/28/2009 12:26:43 PM
Melissa United States
As a child I had many pets.  My most unusual pets were a trio of a clam named Carl transplanted from our family vacation, a snail named Sammy from a field trip to COSI and my tomatoe worm named Harry.  Harry was from the garden.  I can't really choose one they all had unusual qualities and habits.  Carl the clam exuded a green substance into his bowl of water. Sammy the snail would dry up if his lettuce was not changed often. You would add one drop of waterand then
Sammy would miraculously revive. Harry the tomatoe worm just grew, and looked grose.  Tomatoe worms don't do much.  Mom evicted my pet trio at a variety of times.  The trio was moved to the river down the road and released.  I will always temember the trips dad and I made to the river to relocate my beloved pets.  As a mom of 3 girls I am nervouse about what they will find to bring home as the latest additions to the family.
12/28/2009 12:34:52 PM
Janet United States
We had a pet tarantulla we found on our ranch in west Texas. We brought it back to Louisiana, and named her Loretta. My 7 year old son held her in his lap (she was in a jar with a lid) for the 9 hour trip home.  
12/28/2009 12:55:03 PM
Kathy United States
I posted on FB but thought I'd post here too...
When I was a child we had a pet skunk. He was NOT de-scented. We found him as a baby in the middle of the road and his eyes were still closed. He grew up knowing nothing different than people. He lived in the house just like a cat or dog. He was awesome! But one day he did end up spraying in the house after I startled him. After that he was an outside pet that lived under an old recliner but he'd come when you called his name, Daniel, just like any other pet. He eventually found himself a girl and made a family and eventually learned that the wild was his home. But for years at night he would come back to the house and eat out of the dog's food bowl. Eventually he stopped coming back, we assume he died by that point.
12/28/2009 12:56:52 PM
Holly United States
When I was younger I had several pets, but the strangest was my pet ROCK.  I took that thing everywhere and actually I think it's still at my parents house.  
12/28/2009 1:10:01 PM
Irasema claunan United States
Irasema claunan
Last summer my 7 year old son brought came home with stick bugs from school. Without asking us for approval, he was so happy to volunteer our home and family as stick-sitting for the entire summer. Those little creepy crawlers were everywhere in the house. The small ones would escape from the container and the bigger ones just grossed me out. One day we were all sitting down have dinner and to my surprise, I found some stickbugs on our food crawling. That made me sick and ruined our dinner. We ordered pizza that night.
I know my son was being nice, and I couldn't say no. That is a summer I'll never forget. Our stickbug summer. I can just imagine what were getting this coming summer.    
12/28/2009 1:22:31 PM
marilyn martin United States
marilyn martin
my brother and i had pet mallard ducks...we'd take them down to the creek and let them swim while we caught CRAYFISH to take home with us for supper =)  yes, mom would boil them for us and melt some butter, we'd dip 'em in and eat 'em...mini Lobsters...=)
12/28/2009 1:27:01 PM
Carol Martin United States
Carol Martin
My three year old son had two pigs that he named pork chop and ham bone. He also had a baby box turtle that he found in the yard and he used to push it around in the back of one of his toy trucks.
12/28/2009 1:55:22 PM
Lisa United States
We had 2 Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches for a while as pets!!!  They were together a while then we separated them.  After several months, one of them had a baby!  Weird.  Those were DEFINITELY our weirdest pets!!!
12/28/2009 1:56:37 PM
Andrea Dedrick United States
Andrea Dedrick
my roommate had a wild possum for about two months. It snuck into her apartment. She'd wake up all hours of the night hearing all kinds of commotion, and wake up the next day to things broken. She thoughts it was just her cats acting up for some reason until she found the thing alive in her closet!!!
12/28/2009 2:11:39 PM
Christi Anderson United States
Christi Anderson
Hi ya'll. Greetings and salutations from Gulf Breeze, Florida. Oddest pet? Well, my parents and I were missionaries to Kenya and when we first moved there, I was 5. When we got to our mission house, I was playing outside and found an injured owl. Well, I brought him in and daddy saw that he had a broken wing, so I kept him and nursed him back to health. His name was "Hootie".  The Kenyans were afraid to come to the house when they found out we had an owl because they consider them evil.

I would keep him in a tall laundry hamper. When he was able to fly, we had to let him go, because he is a wild animal. I will never forget hootie though. He brought me hours of entertainment.
12/28/2009 2:23:46 PM
Kristie Golden United States
Kristie Golden
When I was a kid (way back in the day) my sisters class in grade school hatched baby cickens from eggs in an incubator. The teacher had to find homes for them. They went to a farm outside of town, all but one that is. We lived in a two story house and the chicken became our pet. Like a dog or cat, it followed us everywhere we went. It would follow you upstairs to put laundry away and follow you outside to play. His name?? Chicken Little of course. SmileHe even had his own liter box that he actually used.
12/28/2009 2:25:40 PM
Denise United States
My fifteen year old daughter has a pet spider. He lives in the kitchen pantry and his name is Rodchester.
It was a little strange at first, but now we all have sort of taken him in. We go for the cereal box in the morning, or the can of soup for making dinner, and without even blinking, we look up, ses the eight legged pet and just say, "Hello Rodchester!!"
12/28/2009 2:29:42 PM
Michele Hahn United States
Michele Hahn
Last year my son brought home a beetle and kept it as a pet for six months before we had to let it go.  He named it Lola.  We had to let it go though because our apartment complex has a strict no pet policy and they have an even stricter policy on bugs so they were uncomfortable with the idea of us having a bug in our apartment even if we did keep it in a glass jar.  My son was sad when we let it go and to this day he won't kill beetles because "it might be Lola"!
12/28/2009 2:30:18 PM
Libby United States
When my son was about 8 years old he found some grub worms in the wood of a dead tree.  He and his dad got some of the dead wood and some leaves and put them in a shoe box.  My son kept the grub worms in his bedroom.  I don't remember what he named them.  One day as I was cleaning his room, I couldn't find one of the worms.  I looked all over his room for it.  Finally, we found the worm deep inside the dead wood.  I was glad when he finally got tired of them.  He took them back to the dead tree.
We also had a baby skunk for awhile that lived in a cage on the front porch.  As he began to grow and smell I made my husband release him back into the woods.
12/28/2009 3:05:00 PM
Allison Nipp United States
Allison Nipp
I am sixteen years old and have two firebelly toads that live in my bed room with me. Most people mistake them for poison dart frogs cuz they look like them but really are not. Their names are Frick and Frack. They eat live meal worms and crickets which I have to feed them every day. They ARE poisonous but not thaaaaaaat poisonous. Only enough to give a human a stomachache... Don't know why I like them but I do. They are soooooo coll wit their bright green backs and fire red bellies. Check them out online or I can upload a pic for ya. Thanks for what y'all do on KLOVE!!!!!
12/28/2009 4:09:21 PM
Sylvia Flores United States
Sylvia Flores
I had sea monkeys once when I was little. At the time I thought they were the awesomest things in the world... I still do! There was one in particular that I got really attached to, it's name was Flippy. It was the biggest one in the tank and got it's name because it would start doing all kinds of flips whenever it would see the light on my pen light. I guess you could say it would get excited and "take the stage". Smile
12/28/2009 4:13:00 PM
Ashley Bowling United States
Ashley Bowling
After getting sprayed by a wild skunk on my neighbors porch (which I thought was her black and white cat), I realized how cute they are!  I smelled horrible for days though. I collected skunk stuffed animals for a long time and now have a pet skunk named Ralph.  I have had him for about 5 years now. He is a lot like a cat, uses a litter box, loves to cuddle, and even begs for food. He is the best pet I have ever had!! I do get tons of questions when I tell people that I have a pet skunk!
12/28/2009 4:25:53 PM
Corie Banner United States
Corie Banner
I grew up as a missionary in Central America and since I had a room that was off the house my dad let me rescue and rehabilitate animals. I had a lot of cats so I lived with my sliding glass door half propped open regardless of night and day. One day I discovered a bullfrog living in my room. he was huge and i have a picture of him. I would pick up his large poops he left me and i could see him sneaking cat food in the middle of the night. He was quite grumpy when i put him out during the day. He would lunge at me and he could pee a river when you picked him up. But he was always faithful and would be back at night in his little corner hiding behind my figurines on the bottom level of my shelf. Everyone who would come down and visit us would get a kick out of this huge bullfrog that lived with me and my cats.  
12/28/2009 9:24:18 PM
sharon krohn United States
sharon krohn
when I was little my mom had got me a pack of something and what you did is put these color thing in the small cup with water in it. and after a few days they grew. I love it because it was so buetiful. it lasted quit awhile. I would say goodnight to it go by to it and talked to it. but it started to smell so my mom threw it away when I was in school I cried it seem like forever missing it. crazy huh love you my brother and sister sharon krohn
12/28/2009 9:27:07 PM
Janet K. Mitchell United States
Janet K. Mitchell
I live in Louisiana,the only thing to do with a crawfish is go fishing or boil a big pot of them,very tasty you should try them at least once! We own a Alligator and Turtle Farm,we had a 5ft. gator as our gift shop pet,He was like a dog scratch to go out to the bathroom! And when my daughter was about 8 years old she had  raised 6 baby nutria rats and 2 potassium's and some baby snakes.
12/28/2009 9:39:44 PM
sue United States
We had a pet toad named oddly enough "Toady".  We fed it meal worms and ants.  We kept it in a big tank with our tortoise named Chadwick.
12/28/2009 9:42:04 PM
sue United States
My son, Ryan, begged for a bunny.  He saw them in the yard and they had a pet rabbit at school.  So I told him "if he catches one, he could keep it".  I didn't think he could catch a rabbit, BUT HE DID.  So I had to let him keep it.
12/29/2009 12:00:34 AM
Chris United States
Well, as a kid we had every kind of animal you  could imagine, snakes, horney-toads, chicks, rabbits, huge turtles...but the more amazing animals that we had were; 3 skunks, a toucan (the fruit-loop bird) and a kinkajoo (or honeybear).  I have pictures of all of them.  My dad really liked animals.  
12/29/2009 12:02:12 AM
Chris United States
Oh, and a pregnant opposum who later gave birth to 7 and 4 baby foxes who's mother had been hit by a car!  I forgot those!
12/29/2009 12:08:59 AM
yvonne friscia United States
yvonne friscia
When I was 9 years old, my brothers rescued a pigeon that they accidentally shot with a BB gun.  They nursed it back to health and we had a pet named Pidgy.  Pidgy was never caged.  I think he mostly lived outside, but he did come in the house when he wanted.  I don't know how long he lived with us, but we have several pictures of Pidgy in and out of the house.
12/29/2009 2:33:27 AM
Macie United States
When I was a little girl,after it rained, I would take an ice cream buket outside and fill it with snails. That wasn't too long ago  I was four then and I'm thirteen now! Thank you K-Love for all you do. I visit K-love every day to see whats going on. God Bless, Macie
12/29/2009 3:04:58 AM
Dalene United States
Growing up, we had a pet raccoon (Petunia), pet turtles (all kinds of varieties), and snakes.  We had the usual dogs, cats and fish, too.  Then once I had kids, they, too, brought home crawfish from a ditch and one lived for almost two years and grew quite big from the time they got him (or her?).  They also brought home catfish and we put those in our aquarium!
12/29/2009 3:05:51 AM
Laura Chambers Canada
Laura Chambers
Once I found a rock and I wrapped it up in brown paper towel, colored and drew on the towel, and the rock became "Fishykins". I put it in a blue storage bin (no real water). He didn't say much, or do much. Laughing
12/29/2009 5:05:08 AM
Crystal Hundley United States
Crystal Hundley
Our oddest family pet is a invisable bug. My two year old has created an imaginary bug, and we all have to play with it, catch it, and sometimes pretend that we are eating it. My 8 and 6 year olds get a kick out of it. Got to love our bug!
12/29/2009 6:10:30 AM
Colleen Fairley United States
Colleen Fairley
When i was 4 or 5, i had an invisible dog named Rollie (Rollie was my real dog who died a couple months before this)

Anyway, my cousin (who was in school for her doctorate at that time) decides she wants to mess with me and my invisible dog, so she says "Co, I wanna play with Rollie too". she begins to "pet" the invisible dog for my enjoyment. After a few seconds of petting the "dog", she jerks her hand back really fast and begins screaming at the top of her lungs "ROLLIE BIT ME!!! ROLLIE BIT ME!!!!!"

No one knows if she really, truly got bit....

the end!! hahaha
12/29/2009 6:22:15 AM
Melissa Tischer United States
Melissa Tischer
This probably is not a weird pet to some people but my husband has about 15 newts and salamanders. I tried to name the first one we got, I called him Frank. He escaped and tried to crawl away and go up stairs (they are only a few inches long). It must have been like climbing Mount Everest for that little guy. He died, he didn't make it. Now I don't name any of the newts he has now I just let them be his pet.
12/29/2009 8:15:55 AM
Lacey United States
Not to fear Kelli!
Im from Louisiana, and I actually own two pet crawfish [btw, crayfish is only something "northerners" say, but we still love you Smile]. We saved the two we have from a crawfish boil, so they are survivors. They are lowww maintenance and not very active, they live in the tank with our goldfish. But a tip; they like meat, not fish food! We give ours ham haha but they sure do make for interesting pets. Smile
12/29/2009 8:57:35 AM
kristi United States
Pet Rock (You did not say it had to be a living pet - lol)
12/29/2009 10:26:36 AM
Amy Bode United States
Amy Bode
I am 7 years old. Last summer I had a Praying Mantis as a pet. The hard thing about a Preying Mantis is they only eat live bugs. So I had to catch them to feed to him. That did not make my mom happy. But she let me keep him anyway. Then we put my Preying Mantis in the same tank as my frog. I think the frog ate the Praying Mantis.  I was really, really sad.
12/29/2009 10:55:54 AM
Jim Cannone United States
Jim Cannone
When we were kids we lived on Long Island in New York,our grandparents lived in Florida - one year when they came to visit they brought us baby alligators! Wouldn't you know that after they grew quite a bit they ran away!!!!
12/29/2009 11:15:08 AM
Kristy United States
We had a crawfish in our fish tank and the thing always escaped! It would go down the hall and get stuck behind my mom's bedroom door and scratch on the door and in the middle of the night it's really freaky.
12/30/2009 4:51:12 PM
Keri Jacobson United States
Keri Jacobson
I am a pre-school teacher and had a cray fish as a pet. Not just for the kids either lol it was so cool, it was Blue. I now have a Yellow bellied slider (turtle) 7 fish, 1 bird, 5 fire bellied frogs and two dogs and one amazing son. Ya God for sure Blessed me.
12/30/2009 7:15:08 PM
Hank United States
My son brought home a hamster in 3rd grade. He said he won it in a drawing because the teacher wanted it out of the class room. Come to find out my son was the only one who put his name in the hat for the drwaing. The hamster was gigantic and had the oder to match. Perhaps not the weirdest animal but most memorable.
12/30/2009 8:22:59 PM
Janice United States
We had a cat named SEVENTOES, He had 7 toes on each foot.  We had him for a long time until the neighbors dogs ate him.  They were African Ridgebacks.
1/1/2010 6:48:31 PM
Annie United States
My younger sister and I found 3 baby robins that had fallen out of a nest.  We asked our dad could we rescue them.  We did and I am happy to say 2 of the 3 survived.  My dad used a feeding method he had used when he was a boy.  He used a dropper to feed them.  As time passed he would get worms and feed them.  Gonzo and Big Bird grew to sizes where they could fly around the house.  We have a picture with Gonzo nesting in my mom's "big hair."  It is quite humorous.  When they were old enough we let them go.  Times after we let them go my sister and I would think we would see them, we really don't know, but it sure was exciting to think so!
1/2/2010 1:37:57 AM
Caitlyn United States
I got to bring home a meel worm as a pet from school and watch it as it turned into a beetle! We kept in a glass jar with sand then released it once it was a beetle. I named it but I can not remeber what I named it.
1/2/2010 6:54:34 AM
Peggy United States
I have 3 cats, 2 dogs, a hen currently living in the house, one rooster and 5 hens in the chicken coop, a turkey, one little heifer calf, 3 steers, and a hedgehog.  Life is fun and interesting!!  LOL
1/2/2010 6:33:35 PM
Elise United States
I had a friend who kept scorpions in a jar. Her family was always finding live ones in their house. So they caught them in glass jars. Still alive! I think that's pretty weird.
1/2/2010 7:10:53 PM
Betsy Cole United States
Betsy Cole
When I was about 8 yrs. old my older sister caught a couple of tiny mice in our house and put the in an empty 10 gal. aquarium.  My mother didn't know about the mice for about a week and then saw them walking around among the leaves and branches in the aquarium.  I thought she was going to explode!  "You don't keep mice for pets" she said, "you kill them!"  So she made us take them out to the woods and let them go.  Unfortunately the cat was present at the release and chased one down and brought it back to show us.  The tears came next.
1/3/2010 4:50:50 AM
Hannah Joy United States
Hannah Joy
I dont' think that they should be pets but my oddest pet i have ever had is a type of crab but it's like invisable!
~Hannah Joy
1/3/2010 6:48:13 AM
Teekey United States
i have a pool in my back yard, also a pond behind it. (the pond is empty for the majority of the summer.) every year toads, frogs and tree frogs get caught in the skimmers (the cleaning things with the covers on top on the side of the pool.) and i always wake up early to rescue them. any way, last summer, i got a visit from an old friend.one specific tree frog was sitting on the diving board. I haden't seen him for 2 years, i call him buddy. I knew it was him because he had a brow spot shaped like texas on his back. We also raise monarch butterflies from eggs, threw the crysalis, and to adulthood. I live in minnisota, and I MISS SUMMER!! IT CAN'T COME FAST ENOUGH!!
1/3/2010 8:45:06 PM
Nick United States
My oddest pet were two hermit crabs. I got them for christmas. I named one Killer and the other Hermine. However the big one (Killer) pulled Hermine (the smaller one) out of its shell completely. And then there was only one. I dont recall what happened to Killer.... I think we sold it..... or maybe it died. So that was my oddest pets I had.
1/5/2010 5:55:50 AM
Pam United States
I know that a hermit crab has become a popular pet.  I have actually been surprised at how many people have them.  The unusual part to my story is that it is the ONLY thing that my 8 year old daughter asked for at Christmas.  She did not want anything else as long as she could have a hermit crab.  Guess what was waiting for her under the tree on Christmas morning?  Yep, a hermit crab with a shell that has a star painted on it.  She named him Hermie and he is now part of the family.
1/5/2010 6:25:26 AM
Audrey J. United States
Audrey J.
when I was little my dad always caught ducks and we kept them in our creek or some time sour bath tub!
1/5/2010 6:32:26 AM
Jim Houchens United States
Jim Houchens
I had two horned toads when I was about 14 years old. I got them when I went to a Boy Scout Camp in California. Carried them home to Minnesota in a coffee can. Named them Pete and Re-pete. I fed them flies, which was fine until winter came. I should have left them in California, where there's bugs all year 'round.
1/6/2010 8:22:41 PM
Chuck Sargent United States
Chuck Sargent
We lived on a farm when I was growing up.  I had a pet skunk.  Got him from a haystack when he was a baby (there were 6 of them, I only had 1, the rest was given to other kids in the country.)  Took him to the vet and had him descented.  He was housebroken and used the litter box like a cat.  Very playful, just like a kitten. I had him about 6 months but he got big and escaped.  He was a great pet.  My brother thought he found him one night coming home from work, chased him across a field, picked him up and put him in his trunk.  When he went to get him out, he and the inside of his trunk was sprayed.
I also had a pet lamb.  We had to bottle feed her as she was baby when we got her.  As she got older, our dog was her best friend.  She would chase cars with the dog.  Where ever the dog was, she was right there with him.  They got along great.
It was great growing up in the country in Colorado.
1/9/2010 12:06:46 AM
Gillie United States
I had a salamander named Digger when I was in kindergarten. Obviously I named him that because he dug in the dirt in his cage...He was AWESOME!! My dad found him in a high school swimming pool. He had only one eye, and was the sweetest slimy pet in the world!!!!! I miss him (He died because we didn't give him enough water Frown
1/9/2010 2:12:28 PM
Nora United States
Growing up I had a pet Gator and a shark for a  while until it got to big and we had to call the marine science center to come and get the shark.
1/12/2010 3:53:59 AM
katie v. United States
katie v.
the oddest pet i think that we've ever had were two squirrels.

from M: we also had a chipmunk. it was adorable and we named him tickles.
1/31/2010 8:47:00 PM
Kathy United States
Our beagle (Bailey) is afraid of anything that makes a small buzzing sound (we think it dates back to when she was shaved before being spayed at 6 mo.)  She's now 9 1/2 years old and runs for the basement any time she hears an electric shaver or electric toothbrush.  Actually, all we have to do is go in the bathroom and pull open the drawer where our son keeps his toothbrush, & she's out of there!
1/31/2010 8:49:35 PM
James H. United States
James H.
I used to have a pet praying mantis. His name was Rex. He ate any bugs-really. I'd trap bees in a bottle that had a little water left in it, shake them up, and throw them in the cage. They'd walk up to Rex like they were drunk, and he'd snatch them and bite their head off.
2/1/2010 8:28:47 AM
Leandra United States
Scott, you are so funny, "eat it!" lol!
2/2/2010 11:42:57 AM
Ben United States
I used to pet spiders, small spiders such as black widow or different kind with different colors. We get them at night while they're sleeping, from different trees/plants. This is way back when I was a kid, in the Philippines. We used to have them fight while hanging on a stick. They will bite each other and wrap the loser with its web and become their food for the day... We keep them in a small matchbox with guava leaves, I don't know what's with the guava leaves, I forgot already.
3/6/2010 10:11:04 AM
Megan United States
Well i've have many pets over the years but my oddest pets would have to be my current pets: four Rouen Ducks. they live in my backyard and they all have names: Waddles, Punkin, Sweet-Pea and Bandit. They all follow me around and they like to bite my dogs haha. they are almost one year old and i got them when they were three days old, soooo cute!!!!
3/13/2010 12:23:03 AM
the wierdest animal would be the chicken faced mole
3/20/2010 4:40:08 PM
Rebekah United States
I have one blue rat!!!!!!!!
4/15/2010 1:58:37 PM
Melodee Clarke United States
Melodee Clarke
Kelli,Don't get freaked out. I thought it was scary when my son brought home a brown recluse and had it in his room for four days before I found it. WE HAD TO TALK about venomous pets. Then he got his dad into 'Animal Planet' and we soon had 4 types of rattlesnakes. Then his dad ordered a sufron cobra from India. My husband started helping the game warden with reptile rescues. We had some strange reptiles come vacation with us until the wildlife center could take them. At one time we had 15 venomous reptiles and 8 non-venomous. Two of the boas weighed 35 pounds each. So we learned what we could about God's creatures we were housing and gave teaching tours to scouting groups, classes, etc.A crawdad is not so bad, it could be worse!
6/9/2010 11:16:05 AM
Karen United States
A hedgehog named Esther.
6/27/2010 1:55:23 AM
Ariel United States
When I was about 12 years old, my mom found a baby flying squirrel in our yard. She fed it with an eye dropper and I thought it was really cool until it flew over to me and bit my lip. I decided to stick with dogs from now on :/
7/15/2010 2:18:54 PM
Rene United States
When my sister was 4 and I was 8 my Dad took us to the pet store and we went home with a baby alligator. He lived in a 20 gallon fish tank with water and gravel in it and ate hamburger. Because it was 1963, no one worried about salmonella or endangered species. And my Mom was a real trooper and didn't fuss about the smell!
10/1/2010 4:47:34 PM
Hope United States
all i can say is YUCK.
12/4/2010 5:36:31 AM
Julianna United States
I used to have a pet runt chinchilla (We named him Yoseph!) = )
12/13/2010 10:14:43 AM
Jess United States
My sister has a salamander
12/14/2010 11:27:43 AM
Kate United States
hmmm, i've had all kinds of animals for pets but i don't think any of them were too strange. lol
12/26/2010 1:24:03 PM
Katrena Reed United States
Katrena Reed
I've had 3 guinea pigs.One looked like a skunk so I named her SkunkeeSmile
My other one Sweetpea was not albino but had buulging red eyes! lolSmile
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