Are you looking for an exciting and interesting pet? Are you uninterested in the same old dogs, cats, and fish? Well, there are many more options out there than you might think when it comes to super cool pets that stick out from the standard fare.
We’ve got the top seven exotic pets you may want to check out today.
1. Bearded Dragon
Is your family into lizards? Bearded dragons are gentle pets that eat a wide variety of foods. You’ll need a tank for your new pet, and you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared to get a new tank as your bearded dragon grows.
And, since bearded dragons are cold-blooded, you’ll need to make sure there are plenty of sources of warmth for your new pet.
There are some species of foxes that can be kept safely as a pet. A fennec fox, for example, is one good option. Or, you can look into red foxes, silver foxes, arctic foxes, or swift foxes.
If you do decide to get a fox, you’ll need to make sure you have quite a bit of room for it. A large backyard is necessary when you’re getting a fox since they need to roam around. You should also check the legality of owning a fox in your state, since owning a fox is only legal in around 15 states.
If you want something with a little bit of edge to it, why not look into getting a hedgehog? Hedgehogs are especially good for people with allergies since they don’t produce very much dander.
However, you will have to make sure that your hedgehog has plenty of opportunities for exercise since hedgehogs can be prone to gaining weight if they don’t have enough room to run around.
Hedgehogs are also nocturnal, so they’ll likely be quite quiet during the day. You’ll also want to make sure that your hedgehog had a dark place to sleep because their eyes can get sensitive. However, if you respect your hedgehog’s wants and needs, they can be a great pet for years and years.
If you’d prefer a pet you can visit, why not try an alpaca? If you happen to have a farm, you can keep your alpaca at home, or you can house your alpaca at a local alpaca farm so that you can visit whenever you fancy. That way, you’ll never have to worry about your alpaca’s health, and you’ll know that the alpaca will be well taken care of.
Alpacas make ideal pets because they’re friendly, hypoallergenic, they’re clean, and they’re relatively easy to train especially when compared to other pets. Plus, they’re smarter than the average pet, so they can be plenty of fun to play with!
Are you looking for an incredibly easy pet to take care of? Try out a gecko. A leopard gecko, for example, is low-maintenance and super cute. Or, you can look into crested geckos, common house geckos, or tokay geckos for some other options.
However, if you’re squeamish about bugs, geckos might not be the best option for you. Geckos mostly eat insects, like crickets and different types of worms.
And, one thing you always need to keep in mind is that you should never, ever, grab a gecko by the tail. Geckos can detach their tails when they feel threatened, so you’ll likely be in for a bit of a shock!
6. Sugar Gliders
Sugar gliders are just as cute as they sound. However, they can be a difficult pet to take care of, so you’ll want to make sure that you do plenty of research well in advance.
Since sugar gliders are social, you’re probably want to get more than one — but, keep in mind that you shouldn’t introduce other animals into the environment.
You can try out options like a DIY sugar glider cage to try and save some money while taking care of your new sugar glider. Just make sure that the cage you construct is as big as possible! Additionally, do your research so that you know what the dietary requirements of sugar gliders are.
Plus, sugar gliders actually live a pretty long time, around ten to fifteen years, so you need to be ready for a long commitment. And, just like any other pet, you’ll need to take sugar gliders to the veterinarian, so make sure there’s a veterinarian in your area that can take care of sugar gliders. That’s actually true for any other exotic pet, as well.
7. Snakes on Snakes on Snakes
If you’re looking for a slippery, sneaky friend, why not look for a fun snake? There are tons of varieties of snakes out there so that you’ll be able to find the perfect snake for you. Let’s go through a few of the different types of snakes you may consider keeping as a pet:
- California kingsnake
- Ball python
- Brown snake
- Smooth green snake
- Hognose snake
- Sand boa
- Ringneck snake
- Rosy boa
- Children’s python
- Gopher snake
- Corn snake
- Kenyan sand boa
The above are just a few of your options when it comes to keeping a snake as a pet. Just make sure you do your research so that you find the best type of snake for your lifestyle.
These Exotic Pets Are Just The Beginning
Are you may know, these exotic pets are just a starting point. There are tons of other exotic pets out there that may suit your household. Just make sure you do your research and you’re prepared for whatever pet you welcome into your home!
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