Exotic Pets

Exotic pets are unusual animals living with people under the same roof.
The word unusual is the basis of the word exotic.
Some pets were unusual sometime ago, but nowadays, they are common. A good example of this could be the guinea pig.
Some people like to be different and to feel “cool”. Owning a pet is not enough, however, owning an exotic pet is the right way.
Exotic could be translated to a dangerous animal, like a Tarantula or a Scorpion or to a not common pet because of the owner’s location.
The Sugar Glider, native to Australia and Indonesia, is a good example of this when present outside these regions.

Are there exotic pet laws?

Every country or state has different exotic pet laws. In some places, you are allowed to have a pet while other areas you can’t have the same pet.
Be sure to double check with your local government before getting your pet. More than that, laws are also subject to change, so you should be up to date even if you already have a pet.

This is an exotic pets list that are allowed in most States:

Axolotl Table
Bearded Dragon Lizard
Bengal Cat
Blue Crayfish
Boa Constrictor Snake
Bush Baby
Chanterelle Fennec
Chestnut-Spotted Genet
Fish Piranha
Flying Squirrel
Freshwater Stingray
Green Iguana
Hyacinth Macaw
Hermit Crab
Kinkajou (Flower Bear)
Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
Mantis Shrimp
Mexican Red-Legged Tarantula
Mini Donkey
Potbellied Pig
Silver Fox
Southern Tamandua
Striped Skunk
Sugar Glider

What to check before getting an exotic pet?

There are several factors to consider before bringing home a pet:
The appropriate environment for the pet, meaning, enough room or a suitable container/aquarium.
The availability of special food if needed.
The law in your area permits the specific exotic pet.
How kids will interact with the pet’ if dangerous.

How to get an exotic pet?

There are several ways to get an exotic pet.
– The easy way is to buy one.
Looking for a pet store near you is a smart step as it will give you the opportunity for complimentary items, such as knowledge, special food, and accessories.
– Another option is to buy directly from a pet owner who decided to sell his pet. You should search in newspapers classifieds.
This is also a good option as you’ll receive directions about taking care of the pet, the food the pet loves, a vet who knows the exotic pet, and, maybe accessories.
– There are rescues and shelters also for exotic pets. Just look for one of them near you and visit it.
– Breeders are sometimes, the only option if you are looking for a very exotic animal. The rarer the pet is, the less likely it will be found in stores or elsewhere.