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Exotic Pet Ideas: A List of Weird Pets to Be Wary Of

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Having an exotic pet has always been an ambition of mine ...until I started doing the research on what it takes to own some of them.

Person holding a tarantula.

Person holding a tarantula.

Weird Pets Are Not Always What They're Cracked Up to Be

I compiled the list of exotic pets below as a warning. People who are thinking of getting some of the animals on the list need to realize that while some would make amazingly unique pets, others would be quite dangerous to own and difficult to control. If you are considering any of the pet suggestions below, please be sure to do your research and check your local laws, as most will probably either come with lots of extra rules or are outright illegal to own.

If you're like me, you've probably considered getting some kind of weird animal as a pet after seeing it as a pet in a movie or on a TV show. While this is quite a romantic idea to entertain, everyone needs to realize that such naturally undomesticated animals often comes with lots of extra work and a certain amount of risk. You have been warned.

Exotic Pet Ideas To Be Cautious Of

  • Crows or Ravens: They need plenty of room to exercise their wings and their minds, so keeping them in cages are not advised ...unless you want them to go crazy.
  • Ferret: Very sociable and cute, but most need to be taught to not bite.
  • Finches: Finches are a little easier to care for than most other types of birds and come in a variety of beautiful colors. Typically kept in pairs.
  • Hedgehog: The more comfortable they are with you, the less prickly they are.
  • Raccoon: Very unpredictable and will bite if afraid or angry.
  • Skunks: Domesticated skunks can be de-scented when young. I'd go that route if you're determined to have one as a pet.
  • Squirrel: My granny used to have a squirrel at work that met her under a tree every day to share her lunch. She would feed it right from her hand; one day it hopped into the car with her and she took it home. They can be hell to catch, though, if they don't want to come to you on their own.

Unique Low Maintenance Pets

The term "low maintenance" should never be confused with "no maintenance" when it comes to owning exotic pets. These kinds of pets will always take a good amount of research, preparation and care to ensure they mesh well with captivity. Don't take this advice lightly, because if you do, you're likely to have a bad time from the whole experience.

More Weird and Unusual Pets

Chimpanzee

Owl

Giant Anteater

Kestrel or Sparrowhawk

Ocelot

Bandicoot

Wolverine

Serval Cat

Galapogos Tortoise

Giant African Millipede

Cockatiels

Rat Snake

Arctic Wolf

Marmoset

Lynx

Iguana

Fennec Fox

Black Footed Cat

Boa Constrictor

Blue Crayfish

Parakeet

More Dangerous and Strange Pets

  • Baboon: Quite aggressive and brave when hungry and looking for food.
  • Cassowary: These large, flightless birds, though often shy, can be quite dangerous if provoked. Their most dangerous weapon is the razor sharp claw on each foot.
  • Hyenas: While having a hyena can make you feel like a proper villain, you're going to have to do a ton of obedience training and socializing from a pup to get a decently reliable pet. A muzzle might also be a good idea too.
  • Kangaroo: Letting your kids ride these like a horse is a bad idea.
  • Komodo Dragons: Bites are venomous. If bitten, they'll follow you around till you can't run no more, and then begin to eat you.
  • Python: The Ball and Burmese species of python are the most popular. Just keep in mind they eat live animals such as mice, chicks and young rabbits.
  • Wolf-Dog Mixes: The most common hybrid use the Gray Wolf crossed with dogs such as the Husky or German Shepherd.

Exotic Pet Ideas for Adults

Tarantula

Mountain Lion

Gray Wolf

Emu

Wildebeest

Zebu

Panda Bear

Emperor Scorpion

Three-toed Sloth

Harpy Eagle

Zonkey

Fire Salamander

Corn Snake

Slow Loris

Gopher

Red Fox

Australian Dingo

European Fallow Deer

Gorilla

Bobcat

Mountain Goat

Extremely Rare Animals As Pets

One should always keep in mind that just because an animal is labeled as extinct, it doesn't mean they are. There have been plenty of cases where exotic animals like these have been seen and documented by lucky individuals exploring the wild. Talk about a dangerous, one of a kind pet.

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Look But Don't Touch Pets

  • Blue-Ringed Octopus: A marine animal that is as poisonous as it is beautiful. They spend a lot of time hiding in crevices, so you may not see them as often as you'd like.
  • Copperhead: I once had a friend who tried to kiss this snake on the mouth. He regretted it, but did live through the incident ...barely.
  • Crocodile: They don't care what they eat, and they don't like you looking at them.
  • Gila Monster: Although shy and not really known for attacking people, they will if agitated enough ...and their bites are poisonous.
  • Mandrill: Large, really strong and some very sharp canine teeth. Not the best traits to consider for a pet.
  • Polar Bear: Despite the cute Coca-Cola commercials, these gigantic beasts are quite dangerous and it mostly meat. They look cute and harmless right up until the moment they attack.
  • Sydney Funnel Web Spider: The venom from this exotic arachnid is highly toxic. Enough said.

A Cool Way To Show Off A Weird Pet?

Walking any pet out in public for all to see has been a time tested tradition for many years. It's a way for proud owners to strut their stuff along with their pride and joy companion. Imagine, however, if someone is walking down the sidewalk with a hyena, komodo dragon or black bear on a leash. You probably wouldn't have any problem with someone asking you for change.

Unusual Family Pets To Think Twice About

Praying Mantis

King Cobra

Giraffe

Zebra

Rhinoceros

Fainting Goat

Badger

Platypus

Clouded Leopard

Grizzly Bear

Lemur

Kinkajou

Pangolin

Wombat

Lion

Tasmanian Devil

Bison or Buffalo

Glass Frog

Leafy Seadragon

Screw Horn Goat

Hippopotamus

Know Your Wild Animals When Keeping Them As Pets

  • Eastern Box Turtle: Possibly the perfect pet for someone who doesn't want a lot of drama. You can even get two.
  • Elephants: The main reason they are so dangerous is that most people think that they are not dangerous.
  • Gerbils: One key point to observe while you have these animals as pets it never grab them by the tail as they are very easy to break and quite painful to the animal.
  • Mongoose: While small and cute, this exotic animal fights with great tenacity. They might make good guard animals as they will fight almost anything, even King Cobras.
  • Moose: Especially dangerous during the mating season (late September and October).
  • Pygmy Goats: These adorable animals are quite friendly, easy to handle for most and quite social. Though they can be trained like normal pets, they can be quite a hand full if you have more than one.
  • Sugar Gliders: Many consider this animal to be one of the most adorable pets in the world. One warning: these small exotic pets have a bark ...a loud one.

Extinct or Supernatural Pets To Own and Love (Imagination Can Be So Much Fun)

Phoenix

Griffin

Indus Worm

Moon Rabbit

Unicorn

Allosaurus

Short-faced Bear

Gigantopithicus

Dire Wolf

Chupacabra

Golden Toad

Manticore

Jackalope

Erymanthian Boar

Gremlin

Ankylosaurus

Terror Birds

Titanoboa

Dragon

Irish Elk

Raptorex

Keeping Dangerous Animals As Pets Can Be A Really Bad Idea

Again, I want to emphasize that the purpose of this article is to help writers wanting to make their story more interesting by having their characters owning an interesting pet. If anyone plans to try and make any of the animals in this article a real life pet, they better do their research and think about it very carefully. There are always drawbacks to owning exotic pets.

Exotic Pet Ideas for Kids?

Bearded Dragon

Pigs

Rats

Aardvark

Ghost Crab

Llama

Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches

Red-Eared Slider Turtle

Clownfish

Capybara

Chinchillas

Wallabies

Leopard Gecko

Miniature Donkey

Small Snakes

Guinea Pig

Chipmunk

Chicken

Rabbit

Opossum

Parrot

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

© 2022 Don

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