Various Exotic Pet Types

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A loose definition applies to exotic pets. It used to be used to describe creatures that were thought of as wild animals and weren't frequently kept as domestic pets. However, what is presently seen as an has a legal foundation. A partial federal statute defines an exotic animal as one that is native to a foreign nation, of foreign origin or character, not native to the United States, or was imported from abroad, however it is frequently subject to municipal authority. You must consult an exotics veterinarian when these animals require medical attention.


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African Clawed Frogs, Dwarf Clawed Frogs, Fire Bellied Toads, and Northern Leopard Frogs are just a few of the frogs and toads that may be kept as exotic pets. Amphibians have delicate, thin skin that, if handled aggressively, is readily damaged and can soon dry up. They should be handled as little as possible and once they are, only wet gloves should be used, never bare skin. They also absorb poisons and infections via their skin. Most amphibians are not suitable for families with children since they are generally more difficult to care for than most reptiles, such as frogs, salamanders, and newts. However, if properly cared for, Pacman frogs may make wonderful pets.


When it comes to pet birds, finches and cockatiels are typical, but many people also take care of exotic species. This includes talkative parrots like Amazons and African Greys, who are medium-sized and extremely intelligent parrots. Canary Wing Bee Bees, Cockatoos, and the vividly colored Lories are some more exotic birds. Make sure you have a cage big enough for an exotic bird and that you are aware of its lengthy lifetime before you get one.

Insects and Arachnids

More interesting than ants are Madagascar hissing cockroaches, praying mantis, and stick insects, especially the latter two due to one's prayerful posture and the other's ability to blend in with its wooded environment.

The calm yet venomous scorpion is a favorite pet of some people. The most popular scorpion kept as a pet is the emperor scorpion, despite the fact that certain scorpions' poison can be fatal. Their sting feels similar to a bee sting and is often moderate and non-lethal.

Tarantulas are an alternative for arachnids. Given that some tarantulas can live for up to 25 years, caring for one is a serious commitment. Nevertheless, depending on the type, they are also simple to take care of, require little attention, and only require feeding a few times per week.


Some of the Earth's oldest species may be found among the reptiles. In comparison to other pets, reptiles often require less daily maintenance and activity; yet, they require specialized care and can suffer major health effects from poor diets, handling, or habitats. Because all reptiles (and amphibians, too) may carry Salmonella germs, regardless of species, these pets should not be kept by very young children who might handle them and then put their hands in their mouths. Anoles, Bearded Dragons, Burmese Pythons, Ornate Box Turtles, and are a few examples of potential exotic reptiles.


Many household pets, including chinchillas, mice, gerbils, prairie dogs, and rats, are categorized as rodents. If you're considering about obtaining a pet mouse, you should think about whether they are nocturnal critters that sleep throughout the day or if they follow a more consistent schedule and are awake when the sun rises. Degus, Syrian hamsters, Chinese hamsters, and capybaras are some more rodents that are well-liked as pets.

Other Exotic Pets

No matter what sort of animal you choose to keep as an exotic pet, do your study before buying one so that you can provide it with the care it needs. The following animals don't fall under any one category yet are still occasionally kept as pets.


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