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11 Most Dangerous Wild and Exotic Indian Pets

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What are the most fascinating wild animals kept as pets in India?

What are the most fascinating wild animals kept as pets in India?

Exotic Pets in India: Taming Wild Animals

Many people think that wild or exotic animals can't be domesticated and don't make good pets. That's not always the case; there are many wild and exotic animals out there that can make good pets. You may be surprised to find out that a few of the domesticated exotic animals on this list can be pretty calm and friendly! Let's take a look.

The Top 11 Most Dangerous and Interesting Wild Animals Kept as Pets in India

  1. Python
  2. King Cobra
  3. Indian Elephant
  4. Indian Sloth Bear or Black Indian Bear
  5. Indian Wolf
  6. Indian Langur or Gray or Hanuman Langur Monkeys
  7. Wolf Hybrid
  8. Indian Monkey
  9. Indian Bull
  10. Bengal Cat
  11. Indian Fox or Bengal Fox
Who says pythons don't make loving pets?

Who says pythons don't make loving pets?

1. Python

Pythons are the longest-living snake species in the world and are mostly found in tropical areas of Asia and Africa. The name "python" is taken from a Greek word. Pythons are great constrictors; they kill their prey by squeezing them until they stop breathing.

Pythons are hunters that hunt wild animals, such as monkeys, antelopes, lizards, and some bigger pythons also hunt deer or pigs—they can gulp prey bigger than themselves. Pythons are excellent swimmers; they can travel miles in water without any trouble.

Usually, they don't attack humans unless they are provoked or offended; however, a few casualties have been reported from wild python attacks. Also, pet pythons have been known to kill pet birds, rabbits, calves, and lambs. Overall, they are wild and can't be trusted easily.

Interesting Facts About Pythons

  • Pythons make good friends; pet pythons are very friendly and responsive.
  • Pythons eat only three or four times a year.
  • Python skin is very costly; a shoe or jacket made with old python leather can be used for a lifetime or for at least the next 50 years. Humans are their biggest predators because of their skin.
  • Pythons are among the longest-living snakes that live approximately 40 years; some may live up to 45 years.
  • They have a great digestive system; pythons can gallop and digest prey like wild boar or moderate-sized animals.
Pythons are considered divine ornaments of Lord Shiva.

Pythons are considered divine ornaments of Lord Shiva.

A Hindu festival, Maha Shivaratri, is celebrated annually in reverence of the Indian god Shiva. According to Hindus, on this day, Lord Shiva was married to the goddess Parvati. At the Maha Shivaratri festival, also popularly known as Shivaratri, you can see many people exhibiting pet snakes who believe snakes are divine ornaments of Lord Shiva.

A king cobra listens to a song.

A king cobra listens to a song.

2. King Cobra

King cobras are the largest snakes of their species, found mainly in Indian forests throughout Southeast Asia. Domesticating a king cobra is really challenging, and a simple mistake can be dangerous. In India and in South Asian countries like Indonesia, Cambodia, and Srilanka, many tribes and nomads keep them as pets.

Usually, king cobras are 12–16 feet long; even some exceptional king cobras are measured up to 18 feet. King cobras are acknowledged as among the most dangerous snakes. This is a very active, large, fast-moving, and highly poisonous snake. Many deaths are reported every year from this snake's bite.

King cobras are fearsome and are believed to be vengeful. In some Indian subcontinent cultures, they are considered culturally significant, especially by Hindus. Many legends and associations with Hindu gods are around in Indian subcontinent cultures.

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A 14.5-foot-long pet king cobra

A 14.5-foot-long pet king cobra

Interesting Facts About King Cobras

  • King cobras have the longest forked tongues of all snake species.
  • They are among the fastest-moving snakes.
  • They are one of the most aggressive and poisonous snakes.
  • They are defensive of their owners, especially kids.
  • King cobras can identify their prey from up to 300 feet away.

3. Indian Elephant

Asian elephants are one of three elephant subspecies; Indian elephants are smaller than African elephants and have broader skulls and larger trunks. Another major difference is that African elephants have larger abdomens than Indian elephants.

Like Indian king cobras, Indian elephants also have cultural significance and are considered high in spiritual outlook. They have been domesticated in India since ancient times, and they are acknowledged and revered as the son of the Indian god Shiva.

Elephants are quiet, intelligent, consistent, and very affectionate animals. They are very social and kind, but there have been some occurrences where they have gotten annoyed and attacked humans or other pets. They are among the biggest and most powerful animals, and when they get angry, they can become very dangerous and violent.

Interesting Facts About Indian Elephants

  • Elephants are categorized as megaherbivores and can consume up to 150 kg (330 lb) of plants per day.
  • Myanmar is the only country where demand for elephants is increasing because of higher demand in the tourism industry.
  • The weight of an Indian elephant is around 2,000–5,000 kg.
  • Like African elephants, Indian elephants also hardly sleep.
  • Indian elephants have been identified in the endangered category since 1986.

The Mysore Dasara Festival was started in the 15th century by the Vijayanagar kings from the South Indian city. The Dasara Festival had its 400th anniversary in 2010. It is also known as It is also called Navaratri (Nava-Ratri = nine-nights) and is a 10-day festival.

People perform calmly and peacefully, and the city erupts into life; every street and street corner is bustling with activity. During the 10-day festivities, people enjoy watching and riding decked elephants and golden howdah on top of a decorated elephant. The festival is a great attraction for tourists.

Indian sloth bear or black Indian bear

Indian sloth bear or black Indian bear

4. Indian Sloth Bear or Black Indian Bear

Sloth bears are also known as the Stickney or labiated bear; they are one of three identified species of bears found wild within the Indian subcontinent. The other two are the Himalayan black bear and brown bear. The sloth bear is smaller and weaker than the other two and is less aggressive.

In India, sloth bears are used for circus and dancing competitions by nomads and tribes. They are quick learners and perform as trained and accomplished; bear dance is an ancient Indian custom.

Interesting Facts About Indian Sloth Bears

  • The sloth bear is slighter than Himalayan or Indian brown bears. Himalayan bears are the largest and most compact bears among the three bear species of India.
  • The sloth bear is more active at night, unlike other Indian and Asian bears, who are diurnal.
  • The sloth bear is easier to domesticate than any other bear species of the Asian subcontinent and India.
Indian wolf

Indian wolf

5. Indian Wolf

Indian wolves are the smallest and weakest animal of the wolf species, but they are moderately fast runners. Wolves are not domesticated animals; they are still wild and dangerous and can't be trusted as a pet.

In India, they are the biggest threat to children. Though many people are interested in keeping them as pets, it is not safe. Indian wolves have a history of preying on children, a phenomenon called "child-lifting." Tons of child lifting cases are reported in Indian villages and urban areas of Indian states from Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat.

If you like to keep a pet like a wolf, you can choose a dog that looks like a wolf.

Indian grey wolf, the culprit of "child-lifting"

Indian grey wolf, the culprit of "child-lifting"

Interesting Facts About Indian Wolves

  • The Indian wolf is one of the smallest subspecies of the wolf family.
  • Indian wolves don't have a winter coat; they can't survive in cold climates. These wolves can survive in desert-like areas and are most commonly found in India.
  • Indian wolves have not cross-bred with any other subspecies in over 400,000 years which makes them a separate species of their own. The Indian wolf's habitat overlaps with the Himalayan wolf's; it is curious that the two have not yet interbred.
  • Indian wolves are an endangered species in India.

6. Indian Langur or Gray or Hanuman Langur Monkeys

Indian long-tailed langur monkeys are categorized into two major categories—the one found in Nepal and the Himalayan region and the other found in the rest of India. Both belong to the same species, but they have a slight difference; Himalayan langurs are furrier and smaller in size, and other ones are less hairy with a longer tail.

Monkeys are ancient Indian pets; they are very funny and active animals. Though they can make good friends, they are not suitable for keeping as pets in small apartments or small houses with children.

Langur monkeys can make good friends if they are well trained and domesticated from an early age. Despite this, it is not recommended to keep them as pets because they are wild animals, and they need lots of exercise. If they do not get a sufficient workout, they may become aggressive. Also, they are fairly large in size, and they jump, which may injure children.