Objectively, what is the most difficult/complicated to care for animal that I can have as a pet? I'm looking for a challenge. Dogs and cats need not apply. I don't want something that can outlive me though. I'm not saying no cockatoo's but.......no cockatoo's.
I would say either some sort of reptile or amphibian that needs certain climate control (chameleons are a common reptile that needs extensive care), or horses. Certain fish can be difficult too. I guess it depends on what you consider to be difficult and complicated.
>Dirtiest fish as far as waste goes
>Despite being 'hardy', are actually a pain in the ass just because of how dirty they are and how much care you need to put into the tank in order to make them happy, and are much better just being pond fish
I don't think this is a good premise. There is a chance your efforts would fail and the animal would suffer. Most of those difficult ones are probably "lifestyle" choices, ie. you spend years studying and taking care of easier similar animals and then possibly make the move.
>In my opinion, my hermit crab is the easiest and least expensive pet to take care of. It's actually not mine ... it belongs to one of my kids, but I guess the person who feeds it owns it. Smile His name is Steve, and he's actually kinda cute. He likes popcorn the best!
D-did she feed popcorn to a hermit crab??
>Objectively, what is the most difficult/complicated to care for animal that I can have as a pet?
To be fair I've seen terrible opinions and advice here.
That actually doesn't sound bad. Hermit crabs are highly opportunistic omnivores and corn isn't a particularly dangerous food.
Land hermit crabs are probably still one of the most misunderstood and mistreated pets we have.
Agreed with this in terms of common stuff in pet trade. Having cared for chameleons in the past, I think salt water aquariums are the more difficult. Chams are all initial setup; once you have everything in place and functioning the way it's supposed to, their day to day work load is not bad.
Large parrots are the most work. It's not hard, like technical, but they need time and dedication every day forever until the end of the universe.