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...
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.
Foxes are quickly becoming one of the most popular exotic pets. Here's a look at their behavior, care, and more!
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!
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.
This article will discuss basic care and husbandry of ferrets, including behavior, diet, housing, preventative care, and common medical conditions.
What do hedgehogs require in their house? How can I make an inexpensive or an expensive hedgehog house? What must I know before and after making my hedgehog's house?
Sugar gliders are fascinating creatures in the wild, and amazingly fun pets to keep. In this article, we will discuss husbandry requirements and special characteristics of this species.
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.
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.
Why do people keep cheetahs as pets? Honest information about pet cheetah care, misconceptions, and interesting facts about them.
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?"
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.
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!
Captive wild animal attacks often make the news. Find out which exotic pets kept in private homes are the most dangerous.
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.
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 illegal to own as pets are legal in some situations. When is it acceptable to threaten public safety?
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.
You may be wondering if you should get a mink as a pet. Learn about domesticated pet mink husbandry, behavior, and general care information.
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.
The final, irrefutable truth about exotic cat incidences in the United States. Are big cats in captivity a threat to public safety?
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.
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.
Which exotic pets are the most cuddly and affectionate? Some exotic pets make better companion animals than others.
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.
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.
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 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.
A deconstruction of the ridiculous CBC documentary, highlighting the dangers of exotic pet ownership.
What exotic pet is right for me? This article will discuss a few 'good' exotic pets to own, and what that actually means.
Domesticated and wild or exotic animals are not as different as you might think. Why saying "wild animals are dangerous" is completely illogical.
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.
Come learn more about the hows, whens, and whats of the uncommon tarantula bite, and see just how harmless these gentle giants really are.
Are pet squirrels legal? Can they be kept as pets? Here is a list of squirrel species people can own.
Profiles of the small and medium-sized exotic or wild cats that are sometimes kept as pets in the United States.
The answer to the question: why does someone need to own an exotic pet? Why can't they just get a cat or dog?
People who fantasize about owning their own pet dragon can partially make their dream come true with these exotic pets that are dragon lookalikes.
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.
Here are the reasons why exotic pets are banned in some states, and why I disagree with these laws and regulations.
Ferrets can be great pets. They are fun, inquisitive, and intelligent. But are they right for your family?
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 come with caretaking 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.
Many websites allow you to shop for exotic/wild animals online. This is important information for those who are new to the process.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 that you can decide whether or not having one as a pet is a good idea for you.
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!
Clearing up some rampant misinformation about exotic pets perpetuated by animal rights groups and ignorance.
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.
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.
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.
How should you respond to people who think your pets are ethically unacceptable because they aren't domesticated?
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.
The case for the tanuki. Why don't you see raccoon dogs as pets in the United States, and should they be legal?
Pygmy hedgehogs are beautiful, interesting little animals and require a special, protein-rich diet to thrive.
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.
A map for tarantula keepers, and would-be keepers, classifying the behavior and temperament of various genus and species.
A descriptive list of some of the most harmless animal species that are ludicrously banned as pets in New York City.
When housing any pet, it's always good to make sure that you can meet the proper requirements before you bring home the pet.
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.
How I learned to pet a hedgehog, learned that hedgehogs don't land on their feet, and discovered the International Hedgehog Olympic Games.
Knowing how your ferret's stomach works is a great start in keeping them healthy and choosing the right food.
Here's a list of exotic pets that are legal in Arizona. Learn about the rules, regulations, and which animals are banned as pets.
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).
Here are the unadulterated facts about Chuck McGrady's exotic animal/pet ban proposed for the entire state of North Carolina. Immediate action is requested.
Contrary to the claims of many, exotic pets have reasonable care requirements and can be kept by anyone who cares.
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.