Contrary to the claims of many, exotic pets have reasonable care requirements and can be kept by anyone who cares.
Learn about caring for chinchillas—from where you can keep them, what and how to feed them, and how to keep them happy and healthy.
Pet hedgehogs can be fun to raise and nurture, but there are a few things to be aware of before you bring a hedgehog home.
Coming up with good ferret names should not be a difficult process. The hardest part is choosing between the many good names that you will come up with!
These exotic, "wild" pets are smaller versions of larger animals and can live inside your home. These exotic pets are easier to care for than their larger relatives.
Why do people keep cheetahs as pets? Honest information about pet cheetah care, misconceptions, and interesting facts about them.
Learn about desirable unique pets that are unfortunately illegal in the US. The most sought after Exotic Pets include Meerkats, Slow lorises, Cheetahs, and others.
Kinkajous are tropical rainforest mammals living in Central and South America. They’re bred as exotic pets and are often friendly. They may sometimes bite, however.
Owning a ferret is rewarding, but there are also challenges. Here are some basic facts you should know about ferrets before buying one!
The answer to the question: why does someone need to own an exotic pet? Why can't they just get a cat or dog? Read on to find out why.
This guide provides information about which fox species you can own as pets, where it's legal to do so, and what kind of care they need. It will also break down the pros and cons of fox ownership so you can decide whether or not having one as a pet is a good idea for you.
Which exotic pets are the most cuddly and affectionate? Some exotic pets make better companion animals than others.
Learn about the legalities of caring for an exotic pet in the state of Florida. There are both good and bad aspects of the regulations. For the most part, exotic pet ownership is logically regulated.
Do you want a pet cougar? Is it even legal? If it is, where would you get one and what do you need to know? Read all about the legal and moral questions of owning a pet cougar.
It is not easy to housetrain a monkey but with the right effort, and plenty of time, it can be done.
Buying a monkey as a pet would be the worst choice of pet you could ever make. Save yourself a lot of heartache and expense, and save the monkey from a miserable life.
Fennec foxes are small and energetic animals with huge ears. In the wild they live in African deserts. They are sometimes bred to be exotic pets.
Foxes are quickly becoming one of the most popular exotic pets. Here's a look at their behavior, care, and more!
Guinea fowl are excellent watchdogs. They spend their days eating ticks and other insects around the property and will produce enough eggs to pay for their upkeep.
Are pet squirrels legal? Can they be kept as pets? Here is a list of squirrel species people can own.
What exotic pet is right for me? This article will discuss a few 'good' exotic pets to own, and what that actually means.
Before you decide to get an exotic pet, consider these questions. Are there legal, health, safety, or ethical issues involved? What will you do with the animal if you cannot keep it?
It's easy to see why ferrets are appealing. They're smart, unusual and small enough to live inside the home. These adorable mammals are kept as pets, but they come with caretaking needs and legal caveats.
Tamanduas face several challenges in the wild. If you live in a suitable location where keeping this species is legal, you will find that tamanduas make for a loveable, engaging companion.
Exotic and unusual animals are becoming increasingly popular in the pet trade. Many websites allow you to shop for exotic or typically wild animals online. This article contains important information for those who are new to the process.
Clearing up some rampant misinformation about exotic pets perpetuated by animal rights groups and ignorance.
Here is a list of alternative exotic animals you didn't know people kept as pets, or, perhaps, you've never heard of them before.
Hedgehogs can be a lovely and adorable addition to your family. In this article, you'll learn everything you need to know about being the perfect owner for your pet.
Domesticated and wild or exotic animals are not as different as you might think. Find out why saying "wild animals are dangerous" is completely illogical.
Fennec foxes are cute, but can they be kept as pets? This article discusses the basics of what it takes to own the smallest member of the canine family.
Are you thinking about getting your own Angora ferret or do you already have one of your own? This article is for current and future ferret owners who want to learn how to take care of their unique pets.
Are there other pets that are similar to dogs? Let's discover which "exotic" species make wonderful household companions.
When people say "wild animals are not pets", which animals are they referring to? What is an exotic or wild pet? It is a much broader category than most people realize.
It has become fashionable to see who can own the most exotic pets, but is it really right to keep these animals for our entertainment? Learn the basics to help you make an informed decision.
Hedgehogs are adorable little spiky balls of love! With the adoption of any animal comes the need for a name, and a hedgehog needs a name as sharp and as cool as he is!
This article includes a list of types of pet foxes and a profile of their care, temperament, legality information and what it's like to keep them as pets.
Salmonella, monkey pox, tuberculosis, and Herpes B? Learn about exotic pet diseases, your likelihood of getting one and if exotic pets should be banned due to the claims of the zoonosis threat.
This is a serious guide for inquiring minds about the responsible ownership of big cats. Obviously, it isn't for everyone, but with financial means and experience, it can be done (if it is legal).
If you are a current or soon-to-be hedgehog owner, you want to be sure that they have a living space to call their own. Read on for three easy-to-follow building plans to choose from and the materials necessary to get started.
A map for tarantula keepers, and would-be keepers, classifying the behavior and temperament of various genus and species.
Come learn more about the hows, whens, and whys of the uncommon tarantula bite and see just how harmless these gentle giants really are.
Knowing how your ferret's stomach works is a great start to keeping them healthy and choosing the right food.
Agoutis and pacas are rabbit-sized rodents of Central and South America. Agoutis are kept as exotic pets. Both animals are sometimes used as a source of meat.
When you are thinking of buying a pet, what comes to mind first? Cats? Dogs? A cute, little hamster maybe? Probably not a spider though, and yet, unconventional though they may be, for the right person, a pet spider can be an ideal pet.
People who fantasize about owning their own pet dragon can make their dream come true with these exotic pets that are dragon lookalikes.
The price range of exotic pets can vary tremendously, from as low as $5 to thousands of dollars for rare or high-demand species. Here is a list and discussion of inexpensive exotic animals and their prices.
Exotic pets for beginners: A discussion and list of unusual, interesting, unique, or alternative pets that are easy to care for.
Ferrets are considered unusual; a hedgehog arouses curiosity as to how to pet it; but for getting attention, nothing beats carrying creature with those distinctive black and white stripes. People stop and stare; "Uh...is that what I think it is?" Read about what it's like to have a pet skunk.
The most demanding part of breeding geckos is taking care of the tiny, fragile hatchlings. This is how I've raised dozens of day geckos from an egg to adulthood.
Certain animals resemble dinosaurs and can be owned by people as pets. Discover how these species are related to prehistoric creatures and learn some interesting facts about them.
How should you respond to people who think your pets are ethically unacceptable because they aren't domesticated?
Although chinchillas are relatively robust and hardy, they can succumb to several common health problems, most of which are preventable.
The final, irrefutable truth about exotic cat incidences in the United States. Are big cats in captivity a threat to public safety?
Profiles of the small and medium-sized exotic or wild cats that are sometimes kept as pets in the United States.
A care sheet for the pet sloth. Can you buy a sloth as an exotic pet? Are they easy to care for? Read on to find out.
Ferrets can be great pets. They are fun, inquisitive, and intelligent. But are they right for your family?
Here are the reasons why exotic pets are banned in some states, and why I disagree with these laws and regulations.
Captive wild animal attacks often make the news. Find out which exotic pets kept in private homes are the most dangerous.
Pygmy hedgehogs are beautiful, interesting little animals and require a special, protein-rich diet to thrive.
Let's face it, some animals are better left outside of the home and should really not be sold in pet stores, much less anywhere where someone might find them. Some animals just make the worst pets. Here are the top five.
This article will provide some interesting facts about meerkats and break down the legal and logistical complexities of owning one as a pet—and show why that probably isn't a good idea.
Whether you’re a lion tamer, a zookeeper, a lion owner at home, or a proud new owner to a stuffed lion, there’s a plethora of great lion names waiting to be given to your new feline!
My experiences with the care of my first small-spotted genet, and general information for people interested in acquiring or learning about their maintenance in captivity.
Here's a list of exotic pets that are legal in Arizona. Learn about the rules, regulations, and which animals are banned as pets.
A deconstruction of the ridiculous CBC documentary, highlighting the dangers of exotic pet ownership.
A list of the top 10 animals that should be adopted, not purchased at pet stores or breeders, due to overpopulation and/or lack of qualified homes.
Learn about pets that have an average life expectancy of approximately no more than five years, plus some common misconceptions about them and not-so-short lived animals.
This article provides information about pet otters. Are they legal? Where can you buy one? Do they make good pets? What are the husbandry requirements? I will answer these question and more.
Capybaras are giant rodents that live in South and Central America and are sometimes kept as pets. They are the largest rodents in the world and may weigh 145 pounds or more.
This article is about how I learned to pet a hedgehog, how I learned that hedgehogs don't land on their feet, and how I discovered the International Hedgehog Olympic Games.
A summary of exotic pet laws and discussion on which states prohibit the private possession of specific exotic animal species, including monkeys, tigers, raccoons, birds, wolves, and others.
You may be wondering if you should get a mink as a pet. Learn about domesticated pet mink husbandry, behavior, and general care information.
Pet owls can make good pets for the right owners. The purpose of this article is to address the influx of misleading information as well as the double standards that people tend to have when discussing alternative exotic pets.
Every country, state and province has different regulations on ferret ownership. Ferrets are not welcome in some areas, no matter how cute they are. Find out if you are legally allowed to have a ferret where you live.