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  • 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 Smith31

  • 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 Smith38

  • 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 Shaddie85

  • 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 Mark8

  • 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.

    Genetic Anomalies in Wild Cats

    Genetic Anomalies in Wild Cats

    by Theophanes7

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

    Pet Fox Care: The Basics

    Pet Fox Care: The Basics

    by Kaycee1

  • When you are thinking of buying a pet, what comes to mind first? Cat’s… 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. Some...

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

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

    by Rupert Malone13

  • A care sheet for the pet sloth. Can you buy a sloth as an exotic pet? Are they easy to care for?

    A Guide to Pet Sloth Care

    A Guide to Pet Sloth Care

    by Melissa A Smith24

  • A map for tarantula keepers, and would-be keepers, classifying the behavior and temperament of various genus and species.

    Tarantulas by Experience Level

    Tarantulas by Experience Level

    by Lex17

  • A hub on slugs, their characteristics and facts. Also tells you how to care for your slug if you wish to have one as a pet. Kids will be interested, but care has to be taken to maintain all health precautions for the kids and the slug!

    How to Care for a Pet Garden Slug

    How to Care for a Pet Garden Slug

    by livingsta31

  • Everything you need to know about sloth ownership including where to buy, legality, and care.

    Pet Sloth

    Pet Sloth

    by Brittany28

  • 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

  • Praying mantids make beautiful and fascinating pets. In their behavior and mannerisms, they remind me something of uncuddly cats - fastidiously clean, curious, and predatory. Unlike cats, you can't really pet them; however, you also don't have to...

    How to Care for a Pet Praying Mantis

    How to Care for a Pet Praying Mantis

    by kerryg112

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

    Meerkats As Pets

    Meerkats As Pets

    by Melissa A Smith26

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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!

    Cute and Funny Hedgehog Names

    Cute and Funny Hedgehog Names

    by Tatiana48

  • 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 Smith16

  • 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 Tatiana13

  • 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 Smith46

  • 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

  • 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 Whitney252

  • 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.

    Exotic Pet Care | The Spotted Genet

    Exotic Pet Care | The Spotted Genet

    by Melissa A Smith44

  • 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

  • Hedgehogs belong to the phylogenetic class known as Mammalia, sublcass Eutheria which is reserved for higher mammals rather than the monotremes that are egg-laying mammals or marsupials. Within Eutheria they are further classified as belonging to...

    Interesting Facts About Hedgehogs

    Interesting Facts About Hedgehogs

    by Scrapaholic5

  • 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 Smith6

  • 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 Smith7

  • 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 Smith121

  • Coming up with good ferret names should not be a hard process. I think, 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 Tatiana35

  • 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 Shaddie11

  • 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 lite0

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

    Pet Hedgehogs

    Pet Hedgehogs

    by aethelthryth18

  • 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

  • Are you thinking about getting your own Angora ferret? Perhaps, you already have one of your own? This article is for 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

  • 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

  • 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 Smith88

  • 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.

    Guide To Raising Pet Hedgehogs

    Guide To Raising Pet Hedgehogs

    by Hal Gall25

  • When housing any pet, it's always good to make sure that you can meet the proper requirements before you bring home the pet. It's very important that your are able to provide the ideal enclosure size, accessories, and substrates so that your...

    Housing a Pet Hedgehog

    Housing a Pet Hedgehog

    by Whitney7

  • Black widow spiders are great pets for the responsible adult looking to have a unique animal be a part of their family. They require very little care and are downright fascinating!

    How to Care for a Pet Black Widow Spider

    How to Care for a Pet Black Widow Spider

    by Becky8

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