Owning a pet of any kind requires care and attention. Exotic animals can prove to be way more challenging than your average dog or cat, so please do your homework if you ever consider adding an exotic animal to your family.
These cats grow to be upwards of 50 pounds, and love to hunt. Keeping them strictly as an indoor cat will not work, as they are nocturnal and will probably jump on you while you’re sleeping. Also they mark their territory by peeing on everything – yes even you, dear reader.
If you’re a small home or apartment dweller, the wallaroo is not a good choice – they need room to hop about. They can jump as high as 6 feet, so a decent fence is also a must. They are sociable, and can even be taught simple commands.
3. Alligators & Crocodiles
Crocodiles and Alligators are arguably cute as babies, but do not let that cloud your judgement. They grow quickly, and can reach terrifying sizes. A six foot version of either of these could easily be too much to handle for a small group of grown men. They can not be tamed, therefore they should always be considered dangerous.
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Though they are extremely cute, you need to be thick of skin to get close to your pet hedgehog. Think of it as a rolling pet cactus. They do not seek out human interaction, so only in the rarest of cases have they been trainable. They also sleep most of the time, so don’t expect to see it do much other than that.
In the wild, sloths spend the majority of their time hanging out in trees – literally. They really only come down to ground level to relieve themselves about once a week – but when they do it’s a considerable mess. As an owner, you can expect this behaviour as well. However they are very affectionate and love playing peek-a-boo.
6. Bearded Dragons
If you know nothing about lizard care, you should rule out a bearded dragon. They require a very specific habitat, temperature, and feeding/bathing routine. If they eat anything larger than the space between their eyes, they can become paralyzed or die.
7. Fennec Fox
These little guys do not grow much bigger than a Chihuahua – roughly three to three and a half pounds. They can be trained to use a litter box, and are sociable to their owners if they are constantly around them. They do seem to have their own personalities and temperaments.
Honestly, this thing looks like the cutest Pokemon character brought to life. It also has amazing regenerative powers, including regrowing lost limbs, if attacked by another animal. The downsides are that it produces a LOT of waste and can be difficult to keep it’s aquarium clean.
In case you haven’t guessed, the capybara is the largest rodent in the world. They also love the water. It isn’t legal to own in every state, but if it is, the capybara should get some serious consideration for your next pet.
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10. Spotted Genets
Genets look like a cross between a cat and a ferret. There are several different species of Genets which can range in fully-grown sizes of 1 to 7 pounds. They are affectionate and curious, but easily spooked. If you’d like to know more, you can start here.
“Oh. We’re taking pictures? I didn’t know we were taking pictures.”
11. Sugar Gliders
These cute little marsupials are extremely social, and will could actually die from depression without interaction with it’s owner or another of it’s kind, so needless to say, properly caring for a sugar glider is demanding. But look at it! JUST LOOK AT IT!
“Excuse me sir, may I have some more?”
Owning an armadillo is not for everyone. They are, like most unusual pets on this list, nocturnal. They are only awake for about four hours each night, and as a non-domesticated animal, they tend to be quite destructive to a home. They also are infamous for carrying fleas and having a strong, musky odor.
13. Pot-Bellied Pigs
They are intelligent, easily trained, playful, affectionate, mostly quiet, and clean/odor free. I bet most of those attributes shocked you. Pigs make great pets, and can easily become part of the family. The downsides are a non-stop quest for food, constant digging and rooting, and aggression issues. But if you’re prepared as a pet owner, these issues can be overcome.
The chinchilla is relatively easy to care for, but they do require daily attention – which includes a sand bath. They are better off housed with a familiar chinchilla of the same sex, as they breed quite frequently.
Yup. It is seriously this cute. The kinkajou is playful, quiet, docile, and not really all that smelly (which is a plus). They rarely do, but can become aggressive when agitated. They have a longer lifespan then you’d think, ranging from 23 to 41 years.
Skunks have a bad rep, but if you properly care for the skunk from day one, it will be a great companion. Typically, you will buy your baby skunk with the scent gland removed, which leaves the only danger being their sharp teeth and claws. Skunks are very intelligent, and will not forget any abuse – meaning you need to be a patient and loving owner for the relationship to work out.
17. Pygmy Goats
Definitely one of the more easier to care for animals on this list, but you still need a lot of room. They love to climb and jump, so a proper enclosure with room to explore is a must. They live for about 15 years, and require socializing – so it’s best to get two.
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