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Exotic pets- a little out of the ordinary

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!

Our favorites types of pets for companionship!

Why we love to have pets in our lives

One aspect of life that people seek out is companionship. Everyone wants a someone who can understand and love them and who they can understand and love back. Building a strong network of companions helps improve people’s quality of life, so sometimes people adopt pets to strengthen their network. Pets can offer unconditional companionship and they can help many people maintain happiness even through the toughest of times. Also, people can adopt a pet to help with other things like work or home security.

Common types of pets in our households

There are many different types of pets one can obtain. The most common types of pets are cats and dogs, but some people like more exotic pets like rodents, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and spiders. Other people even like adopting pets that are commonly seen as wild animals, like foxes, skunks, raccoons, and wolf-hybrids. Any “wild” animal that is kept as a pet should be domesticated in order to keep the animal safe around humans. All states in the US have their own laws regarding what kind of pets someone can have, and some pets are restricted or illegal. For example, in some states, you need to have a certain amount of property acreage in order to have a large animal like a horse, and in some states it is illegal to have certain species of monkeys. Some states require permits to have a wildlife pet as well.

There is almost no limit to what type of pet someone can own, but it is important to do research to make sure you are well-equipped and prepared to take care of whatever pet you want to adopt. All animals deserve to have a healthy and happy environment to live in, so it is essential that their owners do everything possible to give that to them. It is also important that owners train their pets and warn other humans of any behaviors that could be dangerous for them or the animal. Animals have their own instincts and personalities that cannot always be molded to what humans want of them, so sometimes we as humans need to respect their needs and find ways to work around that.

Caring for your pet properly

Taking care of pets can become time-consuming, stressful, and costly. Training your pets requires extended time and patience. Cleaning up after your pet or having to make time to take care of them can sometimes become stressful especially if you are caught up in work or other responsibilities. Vet bills can become expensive when unexpected medical issues arise in your pet. It is important that you be prepared for any of these things. Having a pet isn’t just about having a companion to keep you happy – sometimes your pet needs you, too.


When you adopt a pet, they become part of your family, no matter what purpose you obtain them for. Whether you adopt an animal to help with work, to keep you company, to help protect your home, or just because you like to have them, it is vital that you take care of them and treat them as if you would treat any member of your family.

Check out this list of 10 popular small pets from Animal Planet