1. Snakes (non-venomous, non-giant) - fascinating, great genetics projects with short generation time and low maintenance.
2. Terriers - entertaining, challenging and high maintenance (badddd!).
3. Goldfish - weird varieties, interactive, relaxing, natural environments.
4. Koi - would be nice but not where it is this cold in the winter - retirement project.
No time for any other pets - have the greatest respect and admiration for parrots but absolutely know I would never have the time they need to be content and satisfied.