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.
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.
Pygmy hedgehogs are beautiful, interesting little animals and require a special, protein-rich diet to thrive.
How should you respond to people who think your pets are ethically unacceptable because they aren't domesticated?
You may be wondering if you should get a mink as a pet. Learn about domesticated pet mink husbandry, behavior, and general care information.
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.
Contrary to the claims of many, exotic pets have reasonable care requirements and can be kept by anyone who cares.
Captive wild animal attacks often make the news. Find out which exotic pets kept in private homes are the most dangerous.
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.
Foxes are quickly becoming one of the most popular exotic pets. Here's a look at their behavior, care, and more!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Ferrets can be great pets. They are fun, inquisitive, and intelligent. But are they right for your family?
Are there other pets that are similar to dogs? Let's discover which "exotic" species make wonderful household companions.
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.
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.
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.
Which exotic pets are the most cuddly and affectionate? Some exotic pets make better companion animals than others.
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!
Profiles of the small and medium-sized exotic or wild cats that are sometimes kept as pets in the United States.
The final, irrefutable truth about exotic cat incidences in the United States. Are big cats in captivity a threat to public safety?
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.
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.
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.
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.
A map for tarantula keepers, and would-be keepers, classifying the behavior and temperament of various genus and species.
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).
Why do people keep cheetahs as pets? Honest information about pet cheetah care, misconceptions, and interesting facts about them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are pet squirrels legal? Can they be kept as pets? Here is a list of squirrel species people can own.
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.
Clearing up some rampant misinformation about exotic pets perpetuated by animal rights groups and ignorance.
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?
Exotic pets for beginners: A discussion and list of unusual, interesting, unique, or alternative pets that are easy to care for.
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.
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!
Knowing how your ferret's stomach works is a great start to keeping them healthy and choosing the right food.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This article will discuss basic care and husbandry of ferrets, including behavior, diet, housing, preventative care, and common medical conditions.
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.
Owning a ferret is rewarding, but there are also challenges. Here are some basic facts you should know about ferrets before buying one!
Exotic animals that are considered dangerous and are illegal to own as pets are legal in some situations. In what cases are individuals or organizations allowed to keep banned exotic animals?
What exotic pet is right for me? This article will discuss a few 'good' exotic pets to own, and what that actually means.
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.
When housing any pet, it's always good to make sure that you can meet the proper requirements before you bring home the pet. In this article, I will talk about the best ways to house a hedgehog in your home.
People who fantasize about owning their own pet dragon can make their dream come true with these exotic pets that are dragon lookalikes.
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.
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.
Sugar gliders are fascinating creatures in the wild and amazingly fun pets to keep domestically. In this article, we will discuss husbandry requirements and special characteristics of this species.
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.
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.
Although chinchillas are relatively robust and hardy, they can succumb to several common health problems, most of which are preventable.
Here are the reasons why exotic pets are banned in some states, and why I disagree with these laws and regulations.
This article discusses basic care requirements for a pet wallaby. Consider this your go-to exotic pet care sheet for domesticated wallabies.
Come learn more about the hows, whens, and whys of the uncommon tarantula bite and see just how harmless these gentle giants really are.
It is not easy to housetrain a monkey but with the right effort, and plenty of time, it can be done.