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.
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.
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.
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.
It is not easy to housetrain a monkey but with the right effort, and plenty of time, it can be done.
Here are the reasons why exotic pets are banned in some states, and why I disagree with these laws and regulations.
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.
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?"
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.
Contrary to the claims of many, exotic pets have reasonable care requirements and can be kept by anyone who cares.
A descriptive list of some of the most harmless animal species that are ludicrously banned as pets in New York City.
Exotic pets for beginners: A discussion and list of unusual, interesting, unique, or alternative pets that are easy to care for.
Pet skunks are relatively new in the pet world, so figuring out what to feed them can be quite the hassle. In this article, I go over the best types of foods to give your pet skunk.
Which exotic pets are the most cuddly and affectionate? Some exotic pets make better companion animals than others.
Why do people keep cheetahs as pets? Honest information about pet cheetah care, misconceptions, and interesting facts about them.
Chinchillas as pets - not the first thing you tend to think of when you hear the word "chinchilla". Chinchillas, renowned for their fur, are usually associated with expensive coats and accessories. But did you know you can have them as pets? Having...
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.
If you're thinking about keeping a ferret as a pet, read about these problems first before you purchase any!
You may be wondering if you should get a mink as a pet. Learn about domesticated pet mink husbandry, behavior, and general care information.
Owning a ferret is rewarding, but there are also challenges. Here are some basic facts you should know about ferrets before buying one!
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.
This article will discuss basic care and husbandry of ferrets, including behavior, diet, housing, preventative care, and common medical conditions.
A deconstruction of the ridiculous CBC documentary, highlighting the dangers of exotic pet ownership.
Domesticated and wild or exotic animals are not as different as you might think. Why saying "wild animals are dangerous" is completely illogical.
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.
Ferrets love gentle contact, but on their terms. Ferrets are independent, energetic little creatures with a formidable set of teeth. Whenever I tried to pet a ferret, usually all I got was the teeth. This put me off ferrets, until I got to know...
Ferrets can be great pets. They are fun, inquisitive, and intelligent. But are they right for your family?
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...
Here is some advice on techniques you can utilize to offer better care and comfort to your chinchilla(s). As someone who owns two chinchillas, I have plenty of experience having them as pets.
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!
What are the needs that a hedgehog require in their house. How can I do a non-expensive or an expensive hedgehog house. What I must know before and after doing my hedgehogs house.
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.
Many websites allow you to shop for exotic/wild animals online. This is important information for those who are new to the process.
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?
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.
Here's a list of exotic pets that are legal in Arizona. Learn about the rules, regulations, and which animals are banned as pets.
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.
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.
The final, irrefutable truth about exotic cat incidences in the United States. Are big cats in captivity a threat to public safety?
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.
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.
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...
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.
Are pet squirrels legal? Can they be kept as pets? Here is a list of squirrel species people can own.
The case for the tanuki. Why don't you see raccoon dogs as pets in the United States, and should they be legal?
This articles discusses 5 methods for eliminating ferret odor and why the stench occurs in the first place.
Captive wild animal attacks often make the news. Find out which exotic pets kept in private homes are the most dangerous.
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?
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.
Pygmy hedgehogs are beautiful, interesting little animals and require a special, protein-rich diet to thrive.
People who fantasize about owning their own pet dragon can partially make their dream come true with these exotic pets that are dragon lookalikes.
Ferrets can be great pets and companions. Here are some positive reasons to think about owning a ferret as a pet.
How I learned to pet a hedgehog, learned that hedgehogs don't land on their feet, and discovered the International Hedgehog Olympic Games.
A map for tarantula keepers, and would-be keepers, classifying the behavior and temperament of various genus and species.
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.
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.
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!
Come learn more about the hows, whens, and whats of the uncommon tarantula bite, and see just how harmless these gentle giants really are.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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...
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...
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!
Some Facts About Sloths Sloths are from South America. Sloths make up the family Bradypodidae. They are known for their way of moving about , upside down. They are able to do so because of their hooklike claws. Infact they are so secure that they...
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.
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.
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.
What exotic pet is right for me? This article will discuss a few 'good' exotic pets to own, and what that actually means.
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!
The answer to the question: why does someone need to own an exotic pet? Why can't they just get a cat or dog?
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.
How should you respond to people who think your pets are ethically unacceptable because they aren't domesticated?
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.
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.