Pets are very common across the world, and they are usually domesticated animals. However, not every pet owner owns a typical domesticated animal or pet. Some pet owners own exotic pets—pets that are not typically kept in a human household. There are many different types of exotic pets, some may even include special licenses or qualifications to own that pet. The responsibilities of owning a pet are much known, but the responsibilities for owning an exotic pet bring pet owning to a whole different level.
Special licenses needed
One exotic pet, is the Zebra. The Zebra is a black horse with white stripes (or is it a white horse with black stripes?!), that is native to Africa. These magnificent creatures thrive in certain conditions, and should be taken care of as such. A Zebra is technically a horse, and you can own one as long as you have enough property and an exotic animal license.
Other exotic pets that don’t require such qualifications are sugar gliders, hissing cockroaches, tarantulas, skunks, and even bearded dragons. Just because these exotic pets do not require a certain license or qualification, they still require certain upkeep. Sugar gliders have to maintain a certain diet, and need a cage big enough for them to jump around in. They also need an area where they can be freed from their cage to play and interact with other sugar gliders. Tarantulas and hissing cockroaches require a certain aquarium to thrive effectively. Tarantulas are pretty much harmless to humans so they can be let out to wander around, but use caution if you are going to release your hissing cockroach!
Types of exotic pets
Skunks are particularly exotic as, well, they are skunks! What most people do not know, though, is that you can have an exotic animal vet remove the skunk’s stink-sack so that you no longer have to worry about that awful skunk smell. Skunk owners have concluded that they are great house pets, and are very similar to cats.
The bearded dragon is considered to be exotic, but requires the same upkeep as other reptiles. They need a heat tank, proper food and water, and some sort of interaction. They are pretty mellow when it comes to exotic pets, but they do require a bond with their owner.
Another exotic pet, in the form of an insect, would be the scorpion. The use of a scorpion varies on culture, but there are a variety of uses. Chances are, if you own a scorpion, you are handling them with proper care and are staying away from that stinger. To say this exotic pet is not very popular is an understatement.
Probably the most popular exotic pet (besides a money or exotic birds), would be the hedgehog. These little rodent-like creatures require a similar environment to a rodent, but also require much more bonding with its humans. They are sweet and affectionate when they want to be, but can also be mean. If you plan to get a hedgehog, make sure you do your research first!