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5 Exotic Pets

We all know dog’s and cats are the most common household pets. If your not a dog or cat person or have allergies we have created a list of 5 exotic pets you can share your home with.

What is an exotic pet?

An exotic animal is one that is not domesticated or that is uncommon.

1. Chinchillas

Can live for up to 15 years. They are mostly nocturnal, clean, quiet, odorless and cute rodents that are shy. Chinchillas are not happy alone, so you should get two at the same time if possible. They are more appropriate as pets for adults and older children.

2. Hedgehogs

Hedgehogs are apart of the Erinaceinae family, and are neither rodent nor are they related to the very similar porcupine. They are the easiest exotic animal to care for and are perfect for someone looking for a low maintenance pet.

Hedgehogs require a simple terrestrial enclosure big enough for them to run around and play in. They thrive off a simple diet of fruits and insects. Hedgehogs are not social creatures with other pets.

3. Skunks

Skunks make great pets but you must descent them first! Pet owners are surprised to find that skunks are actually rather playful and enjoy their freedom. Do not coop them up in a cage all day. Skunks are easy to care for and require a simple diet of fruits, vegetables and dog food. Not all state legislatures are on board with the animal, and it is banned from the pet list in several states due to the fact that many skunks are easily susceptible to rabies, when exposed to an animal carrying the virus.

4. Pygmy Goat

They are bread specifically for pet owners. Pygmy goats love to explore, play, socialize, and need a lot of attention. They can easily adapt to any environment. Make sure you have a yard before you go ahead and buy these cute animals. They can be about 50 pounds.

5. Bearded Dragon

These small lizards have laid-back personalities and make awesome pets, according to PetSmart, and are fun and easy to care for. That’s why they are growing in popularity as pets. They can react to chemicals or dirt that may be on people’s skin, so wash your hands before playing with them. They love affection and like to be handled.

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