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  • 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.

    Exotic Pet Diseases

    Exotic Pet Diseases

    by Melissa A Smith8

  • Come learn more about the hows, whens, and whats of the uncommon tarantula bite, and see just how harmless these gentle giants really are.

    Tarantula Bites

    Tarantula Bites

    by Shaddie12

  • 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.

    10 Exotic Pets That Are Legal in Florida

    10 Exotic Pets That Are Legal in Florida

    by Melissa A Smith14

  • 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.

    Spiders as Pets: A Beginner’s Guide to Spider-Keeping

    Spiders as Pets: A Beginner’s Guide to Spider-Keeping

    by Rupert Malone15

  • 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.

    What Is an Exotic Pet?

    What Is an Exotic Pet?

    by Melissa A Smith12

  • Owning a ferret is rewarding, but there are also challenges. Here are some basic facts you should know about ferrets before buying one!

    Basic Ferret Care and Facts

    Basic Ferret Care and Facts

    by Tanya Huffman1

  • 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.

    Why Monkeys Do Not Make Good Pets

    Why Monkeys Do Not Make Good Pets

    by Cindy Lawson26

  • Although chinchillas are relatively robust and hardy, they can succumb to several common health concerns, most of which are preventable. The most common illness that a chinchilla will contract is going to be either a respiratory concern or heat...

    Common Chinchilla Ailments

    Common Chinchilla Ailments

    by Whitney256

  • Exotic animals that are considered dangerous and illegal to own as pets are legal in some situations. When is it acceptable to threaten public safety?

    Who Is Exempt From Exotic Pet Bans?

    Who Is Exempt From Exotic Pet Bans?

    by Melissa A Smith2

  • 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.

    The 12 Coolest Exotic Pets That You Can't Own

    The 12 Coolest Exotic Pets That You Can't Own

    by Melissa A Smith91

  • Foxes are quickly becoming one of the most popular exotic pets. Here's a look at their behavior, care, and more!

    How to Take Care of a Pet Fox

    How to Take Care of a Pet Fox

    by Kaycee5

  • 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.

    Sugar Gliders: General Information and Pet Keeping

    Sugar Gliders: General Information and Pet Keeping

    by Mathew Wood3

  • 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).

    How to Care for a Pet Tiger

    How to Care for a Pet Tiger

    by Melissa A Smith76

  • 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.

    A Guide to Legally Owning and Caring for a Pet Otter

    A Guide to Legally Owning and Caring for a Pet Otter

    by Melissa A Smith31

  • How I learned to pet a hedgehog, learned that hedgehogs don't land on their feet, and discovered the International Hedgehog Olympic Games.

    Fun Facts About Pet Hedgehogs

    Fun Facts About Pet Hedgehogs

    by aethelthryth18

  • 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.

    How to Care for a Gecko Hatchling

    How to Care for a Gecko Hatchling

    by aa lite1

  • 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.

    10 Cheap Exotic Pets

    10 Cheap Exotic Pets

    by Melissa A Smith13

  • Ever see a white lion, a black panther, or a king cheetah and wonder why they're different and where they came from? Here's your answer.

    5 Genetic Anomalies in Wild Cats

    5 Genetic Anomalies in Wild Cats

    by Theophanes Avery7

  • Interesting facts about the care of a meerkat as a pet.

    Meerkats As Pets

    Meerkats As Pets

    by Melissa A Smith30

  • 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.

    Guinea Fowl Are Useful and Exotic Pets

    Guinea Fowl Are Useful and Exotic Pets

    by Dr Mark9

  • 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!

    90 Lion Names & Meanings

    90 Lion Names & Meanings

    by Tatiana46

  • A descriptive list of some of the most harmless animal species that are ludicrously banned as pets in New York City.

    Illegal Animals in New York City

    Illegal Animals in New York City

    by Melissa A Smith42

  • 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.

    Is a Ferret the Best Pet for You?

    Is a Ferret the Best Pet for You?

    by Jana Louise Smit0

  • You may be wondering if you should get a mink as a pet. Learn about domesticated pet mink husbandry, behavior, and general care information.

    Domesticated Minks as Pets

    Domesticated Minks as Pets

    by Melissa A Smith78

  • Are you thinking about getting your own Angora ferret? Or do you already have one of your own? This article is for present and future ferret owners who want to learn how to take care of their unique pets.

    How to Care for Your Angora Ferret

    How to Care for Your Angora Ferret

    by Cool Rare Animals0

  • This articles discusses 5 methods for eliminating ferret odor and why the stench occurs in the first place.

    5 Ways to Reduce Ferret Odor

    5 Ways to Reduce Ferret Odor

    by Hektor Gates3

  • 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.

    10 Pets You Should Adopt, Not Buy

    10 Pets You Should Adopt, Not Buy

    by Melissa A Smith51

  • This article will discuss basic care and husbandry of ferrets, including behavior, diet, housing, preventative care, and common medical conditions.

    Essential Husbandry for Your Pet Ferret

    Essential Husbandry for Your Pet Ferret

    by Liz Hardin0

  • 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.

    The Top 5 Worst Pets

    The Top 5 Worst Pets

    by Shaddie165

  • 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.

    DIY Hedgehog House for Your Prickly Pal

    DIY Hedgehog House for Your Prickly Pal

    by David Zermeño2

  • 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.

    Pet Fox Guide: Legality, Care, and Important Information

    Pet Fox Guide: Legality, Care, and Important Information

    by Melissa A Smith18

  • 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!

    60 Cute and Funny Ferret Names

    60 Cute and Funny Ferret Names

    by Tatiana51

  • Ferrets are considered unusual; a hedgehog arouses curiosity as to how to pet it; but for getting attention, nothing beats carrying around a furry creature with those distinctive black and white stripes. People stop and stare; "Uh...is that what I think it is?" And the inevitable next question, "Is it de-smelled?"

    Pet Skunks

    Pet Skunks

    by aethelthryth24

  • What exotic pet is right for me? This article will discuss a few 'good' exotic pets to own, and what that actually means.

    The 5 Best Exotic Pets You Can Own

    The 5 Best Exotic Pets You Can Own

    by Melissa A Smith17

  • 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.

    Which Exotic Pets Are Legal in the United States?

    Which Exotic Pets Are Legal in the United States?

    by Melissa A Smith156

  • 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.

    Caring for Spotted Genets as Pets

    Caring for Spotted Genets as Pets

    by Melissa A Smith45

  • 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.

    11 Pets With a 5-Year Lifespan (or Less)

    11 Pets With a 5-Year Lifespan (or Less)

    by Melissa A Smith38

  • 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.

    The Tamandua: A Unique Anteater and a Special Pet

    The Tamandua: A Unique Anteater and a Special Pet

    by Dr Mark20

  • 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.

    Are Ferrets Banned in Your Country?

    Are Ferrets Banned in Your Country?

    by Tanya Huffman2

  • 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?

    3 of the Best Small Exotic Pets to Own

    3 of the Best Small Exotic Pets to Own

    by Donna Cosmato55

  • 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.

    7 Exotic Pets That Can Live Indoors

    7 Exotic Pets That Can Live Indoors

    by Melissa A Smith11

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