Domesticated and wild or exotic animals are not as different as you might think. Why saying "wild animals are dangerous" is completely illogical.
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...
It is not easy to housetrain a monkey but with the right effort, and plenty of time, it can be done.
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 hedgehogs can be fun to raise and nurture, but there are a few things to be aware of before you bring a hedgehog home.
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.
Clearing up some rampant misinformation about exotic pets perpetuated by animal rights groups and ignorance.
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!
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.
Why do people keep cheetahs as pets? Honest information about pet cheetah care, misconceptions, and interesting facts about them.
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.
What exotic pet is right for me? This article will discuss a few 'good' exotic pets to own, and what that actually means.
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.
This article explains in detail the many fascinating and interesting facts about huge, hairy 'spiders' called tarantulas (theraphosidae). This topic of tarantulas also known as spiders (even though they're not true spiders as explained in The...
A descriptive list of some of the most harmless animal species that are ludicrously banned as pets in New York City.
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.
Caring for squirrels is a big commitment and is not recommended for anyone whom can't dedicate the time, patience and efforts involved. For those who are able to commit, it can be a joyous and rewarding experience. There are many breeds of...
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.
Many websites allow you to shop for exotic/wild animals online. This is important information for those who are new to the process.
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.
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.
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.
Pygmy hedgehogs are beautiful, interesting little animals and require a special, protein-rich diet to thrive.
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.
Ferrets can be great pets. They are fun, inquisitive, and intelligent. But are they right for your family?
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.
Here are the reasons why exotic pets are banned in some states, and why I disagree with these laws and regulations.
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!
Exotic pets for beginners: a discussion and list of unusual, interesting, unique, or alternative pets that are easy to care for.
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!
Are pet squirrels legal? Can they be kept as pets? Here is a list of squirrel species people can own.
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.
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?"
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?
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
Which exotic pets are the most cuddly and affectionate? Some exotic pets make better companion animals than others.
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!
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 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.
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?
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.
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).
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.
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!
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.
Captive wild animal attacks often make the news. Find out which exotic pets kept in private homes are the most dangerous.
Profiles of the small and medium-sized exotic or wild cats that are sometimes kept as pets in the United States.
A deconstruction of the ridiculous CBC documentary, highlighting the dangers of exotic pet ownership.
House breaking a micro mini pig can be done within a couple weeks with no accidents within a month. This five step process is simple with troubleshooting tips throughout. Questions and comments are welcome.
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 whats of the uncommon tarantula bite, and see just how harmless these gentle giants really are.
People who fantasize about owning their own pet dragon can partially make their dream come true with these exotic pets that are dragon lookalikes.
How should you respond to people who think your pets are ethically unacceptable because they aren't domesticated?
Foxes are quickly becoming one of the most popular exotic pets. Here's a look at their behavior, care, and more!
How I learned to pet a hedgehog, learned that hedgehogs don't land on their feet, and discovered the International Hedgehog Olympic Games.
Contrary to the claims of many, exotic pets have reasonable care requirements and can be kept by anyone who cares.
The answer to the question: why does someone need to own an exotic pet? Why can't they just get a cat or dog?
The final, irrefutable truth about exotic cat incidences in the United States. Are big cats in captivity a threat to public safety?
It has become a fashion 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.
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.
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...
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.
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...