You want a pet, but you don’t want the same old thing. You are looking for something distinct, something unique. Dogs and cats are just so passé, there has to be something with more pizzazz out there, right? If your thoughts look something like this, you are looking for an exotic pet.
Exotic pets cover pretty much any pet that isn’t standard fare. Sure you could have a dog, a cat, a rabbit, or a mouse. But there’s no reason to limit your options to just these things. Some exotic pets are just unusual, such as boa constrictors, tarantulas, or jellyfish.
There is beauty to be found in these deadly predators, something an owner of one will be the first to point out. Other exotic pets are more lovable than deadly. Capuchin monkeys are an excellent example of this category. This is the type of monkey depicted in the movie Aladdin as the character Abu. Other examples of “cute” exotic pets are chinchillas and hedgehogs.
Chinchillas are just about the most adorable pet one could imagine. They have the body of a small rabbit, the ears of a mouse, whiskers like a cat, and a bushy tail like a squirrel. These rodents are native to the Andes Mountains of South America, and nearly became extinct because of their use in the fur trade. However these inquisitive rodents make great pets, and can live to be over 20 years old.
Hedgehogs are another type of cute exotic pet. These tiny mammals are covered in spines that they use for defense. The first reaction a hedgehog has to a threat is to curl into a ball. Unlike a porcupine’s quills, hedgehogs do not release their spikes, and they are not hooked either. They eat pretty much anything they can get their hands on, and are generally amicable pets.
Monkeys and other primates make more challenging pets to keep. World animal watchdog organizations discourage keeping primates as pets, because they have a complex social structure that the average pet owner just cannot fulfill. Despite this admonition, many people still keep monkeys as pets.
Dangerous pets on the other hand are not something you’ll want to cuddle up with late at night. These pets may be admired for their grace and beauty, but they will never be described as cute by anyone sane. Take the jellyfish for example. There is a grace inherent in its translucent form, but it is not a cute animal. While they can make a beautiful pet to display in their tank, a jellyfish owner must take care not to be stung by their pet. Some species of jellyfish are quite deadly.
Ball pythons make a popular exotic pet for reptile lovers. These snakes generally grow to a length of 3-6 feet and can live for up to forty years. Compared to a dog or a cat, they are a low maintenance pet, requiring feeding once every six to fourteen days. The ball portion of their name refers to their tendency to gather themselves into a ball when threatened.