3 of the Best Small Exotic Pets to Own


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What Is the Best Exotic Pet to Own?

Are you interested in small exotic pets? Before you jump into ownership, there are some things you should consider. However, if you have done your due diligence and you are ready for the task, here are some fascinating facts about three of the very best small pets to own.

What is an exotic animal? According to local government in Mendocino County, California, “an exotic animal means any wild animal not customarily confined or cultivated by humans for domestic or commercial purposes.”

Let’s discuss which animals make the best exotic pets in terms of safety, happiness in captivity, and environmental responsibility.

Small Exotic Pets Dos and Don’ts

Before we talk about some of the best small exotic pets to own, let's explore some do's and don't's of owning an exotic animal.

  • Do consider potential health issues like an animal-transmitted disease. The technical term is a zoonosis.
  • Do check for local, state or federal laws or guidelines for ownership. Laws vary widely from state to state and may even conflict with federal or other guidelines. Protect yourself by doing your research.
  • Do consider where the animal will be housed, how you will provide daily food and other care, and what you will do with the animal in case of a natural disaster, like fire, flood or tropical storms.
  • Do ponder the ethics: is it humane for the animal? Could others be harmed by your ownership of an exotic pet? Are there potential long-term environmental effects? For example, will a species be perpetuated or diminished?
  • Don't choose dangerous exotic pets that have the potential to transmit salmonella or venomous or constricting snakes, wild cats, or monkeys.
  • Don't purchase animals from unreliable sources.
  • Don't abandon or release animals; get them to a safe place like a rescue shelter or zoo.
  • Don’t introduce exotic pets into homes where there are children under five because of the health risks of zoonosis or other injuries.

Pocket Pets Rock

1. Sugar Gliders as Pets

Sugar Gliders have a long history (approximately 14 years) of being safe and enjoyable exotic pets.

They are marsupials from the same family as Koala Bears (check out the facial resemblance) and originated in the rainforests of Australia and Indonesia.

What makes these cuddly little critters such awesome pets to own?

They’re low maintenance pets for grooming, feeding, housing, health care, and sanitation.

Incredibly loyal, they follow their owners from room to room like a dog, and can be trained to do many tricks.

One downside is the fact that they cannot be housebroken, but on the plus side, a six-ounce pet can only make so big a mess.

They are long-lived (about 14 years) and tiny (about six inches). Their nickname is "pocket pets," which tells you they will give you years of companionship without requiring much time or space.

These are good pets for seniors, singles, and families with older children or other pets.

Small Exotic Pets: Sugar Gliders

Sugar gliders love to be close to their owners

2. Ferrets as Pets: Pros and Cons

Unlike Sugar Gliders, ferrets are familiar pets, and many would not consider them to be exotic small pets.

Although they are domesticated, they are related to skunks, and trace their origins back to the European polecat. Neither dog nor cat, but something in between, they qualify as one of the best exotic pets to own.

These playful little pets chew, scratch, dig, smell and steal, but in spite of these minor idiosyncrasies, their intelligence and personalities make them highly popular.

The advantages of owning ferrets are they are easy to litter train and can be taught tricks, while the disadvantage is their rather short life spans—about eight years—and their odor.

These are good pets for families with no other pets, singles, or families with older children. Because of their high energy levels, they may be too high maintenance for seniors.

Ferret Photo Gallery

Ferrets are playful and mischievous pets - ferrets are not rodents, however.

Train Your Fennec Fox to Sit

3. Fennec Foxes as Pets

If you’re looking for an exotic-looking exotic pet, the Fennec fox fits the bill.

They are diminutive in size—about two or three pounds—with gigantic ears that make them look like Yoda.

Be aware that these little bundles of energy keep you on your toes! Daily exercise is a must; however, they are easily trained to both litter box and leash.

These small, unusual pets are a fairly long-lived species and may survive about 10 years in captivity. The disadvantages of ownership are:

  • They may damage property as they are voracious diggers
  • They sometimes eat their litter
  • They will bolt away from you outdoors if not kept on a leash

The best families for Fennec foxes are those without other pets or small children.

Images: Fennec Fox

I am one of the coolest pets to own because I'm so adorable and unusual.

Endangered Species and Small Exotic Pets

There are just three of the many small exotic pets that individuals enjoy owning. Before choosing any exotic pet, check its status on the endangered species lists as many popular pets such as some types of chinchillas or hyacinth macaws are currently on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

After you have done that, research all the legalities involved with owning small, unusual pets. When you've done all your homework, you are ready to choose the small exotic pet that will be the perfect fit for your family and lifestyle. With love, care, and commonsense ownership practices, any of these three exotic animals should provide a lifetime of joy and companionship.

However, if none of these quite fits the bill, you may want to consider an extremely exotic pet such as a Savannah Monitor lizard. While they are not the most cuddly of pets, they can give lots of companionship and satisfaction.

Is an Exotic Bird the Pet for You?

Best & Least Cuddly Exotic Pets

CuddlyNot-So Cuddly

Bengal Cat

Axoloti

Bush Baby

Bearded Dragon Lizard

Patagonian Cavy

Crocodile

Slow Loris

Hedgehog

Spotted Genet

Hermit Crab

Squirrel Monkey

Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

Tamandua

Mexican Red Leg Tarantula

Wallaby

Scorpion

Resources

  • County of Mendocino, California, “Title 10 Animal Care and Control"
  • Los Angeles Times, “Young Children and Exotic Pets are not a Good Match"
  • Sugar Glider Information, “Thinking About Getting a Sugar Glider?”
  • Ferret Central, “Ferret FAQ”
  • Fennec Foxes, “The Fennec Fox,” accessed 07/15/2010

© 2011 Donna Cosmato

Madelyn on February 04, 2020:

I have a question, are all of these pets legal in Tennessee?

Dané on October 21, 2019:

Hi hou much aer thay???

Sally Smith1 on February 27, 2016:

I own sugar gliders. They glide on everything, they are cute and adorable.

AP on May 19, 2015:

One (admittedly picky) point of clarification:

Sugar gliders and koalas are in the same marsupial order as koalas (Diprodontia) but not in the same family. Koalas are members of the family Phascolarctidae, while sugar gliders are members of the family Petauridae. They're also in different suborders. They're about as closely related as cats and dogs, which are in different suborders of the order Carnivora.

Maximum A on October 16, 2014:

Oh, wow -just wow! I never knew sugar gliders existed. Now, I totally want one but I'm sure there are none of those in my country.

Keneisha from South Florida on September 24, 2014:

Aww I have never even heard of a sugar glider. Its the cute little angel ever. Come to me little sugar glider. I love it.

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on July 20, 2014:

Thank you so much, swilliams, for the vote of confidence and for sharing this hub with your Twitterverse. I'm glad you liked it.

swilliams on July 19, 2014:

The little sugar glider is so cute! What an interesting array of animals! Thanks for sharing! Voted up! And Tweeted Out!

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on July 09, 2014:

Hi Mary, thanks for sharing with us about your sugar gliders! So glad to hear that they are loving companions.

Mary on July 07, 2014:

I have 2 sugar gliders and they are THE SWEETEST THINGS EVER! I WUV THEM! :D

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on June 17, 2014:

Thank you for reading and commenting on this hub, lotz123. Unfortunately, I'm unaware of any sources for sugar gliders in the UK.

lolz123 on June 12, 2014:

Love the sugar gliders but can't find any breeders in oxfordshire,do u know of any ????

Eileen Hughes from Northam Western Australia on April 23, 2014:

Very interesting hub, I think they all look cute. Although personally I will stick to my very special and best mate my Blue Heeler. He does so many jobs for us, entertains us, and often has us in fits of laughing with his antics to get our attention. I will miss him when his time comes to leave us very much.

shahkar-khan on November 02, 2013:

i had never heard of sugar gliders before. they are cute.

JinxValentine on October 09, 2013:

Sugar gliders are great to have. I have my own! My best friend go him for me when I graduated from college, and let me tell you, those things are adorable! He follows me every where I go, even when I go to take a bath! I have to leave the door open so he can come in, or he'll start to cry and whine. He tries so many times to climb on the side of the tub, so I have to pick him up. But other than them needing so much love, I'd have to say that they're much better than dogs or cats (money-wise). t

Friendlyanon on June 09, 2013:

Most sugar gliders aren't very nice. I would suggest a ball python, african land snail or even an axolotl for a nice, quiet and easy to care for small pet.

Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on August 06, 2012:

Liked your article. Those sugar gliders look so cute!!!! My husband and I had a ferret for almost five years. He was so wonderful!!! However a negative thing about ferrets that was left out is the very high cost of vet bills asssociated with these animals. In male ferrets that are fixed, they will evidently develop adrenal disease. This can cost major buck a rues. I would strongly suggest pet insurance. Thank you again for such a wonderful article the fox is a cool idea too.

Andrew on July 26, 2012:

Thousands of Australian animals die every year while being smuggled to other countries, they are protected animals, people are not allowed to keep them as pets and there is no such thing as a legally exporting them for the American or other pet markets. Sorry, but perhaps people should be aware.

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on July 26, 2012:

Hi H, Thanks for sharing your point of view about these pets.

H on July 24, 2012:

The vet in the video and the "ASGV" are associated with a large sugar glider mill broker that is well known in the sugar glider community for false information and selling animals to impulse buyers in shopping malls and the like with inappropriate setups and bad info.

Try Glider Central for better information. Sugar gliders are high maitinence pets, they are in fact very messy and their feeding requirements require fresh food every night that you make at home.

Also, I have done a ton of research on fennec foxes, and it should be noted that they scream very loudly when excited/happy (like when they see you on the morning), only sometimes can be litter trained, they steal shiney things like keys, and bite when frightened. They need a sandbox to dig in. If you do not spend hours and hours with them they will not be tame. They are certianly not easy or for everyone.

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on July 01, 2012:

Hi Jennzie: I'm glad you liked this, it was fun to write. Aren't those fennec foxes the cutest things?

Jenn from Pennsylvania on June 30, 2012:

I was aware of sugar gliders but not of fennec foxes- they're so cute! I also wasn't aware that ferrets were considered exotic.

That's great that you listed all the things to think about before getting one of these pets, though. Too many times people buy these animals because they think they're cute or cool and don't really do any research before getting them.

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on May 02, 2012:

Thanks for sharing your sugar glider experiences, kjrzeek1 L. I've never had one, but they look like loving pets. Thanks for the feedback.

kjrzeek1 from New Jersey, USA on April 30, 2012:

We owned a sugar glider for a short period of time but had to give it away to a good home because we did not have the time to spend with him to bond. We just had a baby and had 3 dogs at the time. My wife couldn't resist and brought the little guy home. We may try again when the kids are grown.

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on April 28, 2012:

I'm glad you learned some new facts by reading this hub, aviannovice. I'm a teacher at heart! Thank you for the nice comments on my exotic pets article.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on April 27, 2012:

Voted interesting. I didn't know about the fennecfoxes or the sugar gliders. Thanks for the great info!

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on February 25, 2012:

Thanks for reading and commenting on this exotic pets article, Doodle Coodles!

Doodle Coodles on February 24, 2012:

i like hamsters. i also love cats i ust want to hug them sorry i have to end this comment because i am getting emotional!!

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on February 15, 2012:

Thanks for sharing your input on this hub, Express10. I believe you are right in that the habits of the Fennec foxes does seem similar to that of rabbits. I just think their little faces are adorable:)

H C Palting from East Coast on February 15, 2012:

This is a very interesting and informative hub. I am familiar with the ever-cute sugar gliders and ferrets but had never heard about Fennec Foxes. I found learning more about them the most interesting. In their digging and tendency to run I would say they have a couple of things in common with rabbits. I enjoyed this hub. Thanks.

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on February 11, 2012:

Hi loriwindspirit, sounds like you have found the perfect exotic pet! Thanks for the tip on chincillas; I really didn't know all that fascinating information about them. Maybe you can work out a joint custody agreement to share Ted....?

loriwindspirit on February 11, 2012:

I hope sometime you'll write about chinchilla friends! I'd never seen one until my son and his girlfriend brought one home and now that they are thinking of moving out, I'm trying to figure out how to keep Ted for MYSELF. I am just crazy about him. They are amazing animals ( chinchillas, not the kids) and I can't believe how adorable, sweet, and SMART they are! They are also so crazy and energetic, and are odor free! If you're thinking of a rodent pet, they will be wonderful choice! Did I mention that I just LOVE Ted? :0)

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on January 13, 2012:

I'm glad you took time to share your thoughts on this hub, Life Style Pets! I hope this helps you make your final decision about whether an exotic pet is the right choice for you.

LifeStylePets from Florida on January 13, 2012:

Great Tips. I especially like the list of disadvantages. Helps you contemplate if the responsibility vs. companionship will weigh out for an individual. Thanks!

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on December 31, 2011:

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on sugar gliders as exotic pets, akeezer! I hope you are able to have one as a pet one day:)

akeezer from Pallet Town on December 30, 2011:

Sugar gliders are attention loving, cute, inexpensive, and get depressed when left alone for a few days :D sounds like meeee! And now I want one even more, I wish I could get one...

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on December 16, 2011:

Thanks for leaving your thoughts about these exotic pets, Shaddie:) It's always nice to get feedback on hub and I appreciate your taking the time to leave a comment.

Shaddie from Washington state on December 15, 2011:

These are all interesting pets, but I would be hesitant to say they are the "best." I have known people who have kept all three mentioned on this list, however, and they are all tons of fun as long as you know what you're getting yourself into.

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on December 10, 2011:

Hi DIY Backlinks! Thanks for sharing that tidbit about ferrets...to be honest, I have no personal experience with them, so that is really interesting. Love birds sound like wonderful pets...do they talk, by any chance?

I appreciate your reading and commenting my small exotic pets article:)

DIY Backlinks on December 10, 2011:

Ferrets are just down right mean or at least everyone I have encounters has been. These are all cute pets but I will stick to my dogs and love birds :)

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on December 09, 2011:

Hi Sembj - thank you for taking time to leave a comment about this hub on small exotic pets! I'm glad you liked the article, but I'm happier that you cared enough to let me know:)

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on December 09, 2011:

Thank you, Valerie, for sharing your thoughts on which small exotic pet would be the best! However, hedgehogs sound like some pretty awesome and unusual pets in their own right, and being a breeder must be really, really interesting.

Valerie on December 09, 2011:

Ive also loved to own a sugar glider.. they are sooo adorable. I can't find a breeder in Toronto though. Im a hedgehog breeder and they are so similar being nocturnal and all.. love your article! very interesting! Vote up! :)

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on December 09, 2011:

Hi Annette, I'm really glad you liked this hub. While I can't own all the pets I'd like to have, it is so much fun to write about the ones I would love to own! Thank you for voting this up as your support is so appreciated.

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on December 09, 2011:

Hi homepetz...those are good points! Thanks for pointing them out as it could give individuals reasons to second-guess a decision to get a sugar glider as their small exotic pet.

Annette Smith from Ocala, Florida on December 09, 2011:

What an enjoyable read for pet lovers, Donna. And those sugar gliders ARE adorable. Thank you for putting together such an interesting hub. Voted up!

homepetz on December 09, 2011:

Sugar gliders are very cute, but I've read so many stories of where people have not feed them an appropriate diet and they've suffered broken bones etc. Also, they are nocturnal, which might be tricky for some owners.

Sembj on December 08, 2011:

I found the article informative and entertaining. Great job.

LyttleTwoTwo from Canada on December 08, 2011:

Anytime, I enjoy your hubs ... and you inspired me for an article.

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on December 08, 2011:

Hi Cindy! I've wanted one of these sugar gliders for the longest time (about 20 years now!) but my hubby (like yours) thinks we have enough pets...and he is right:) I'm glad you enjoyed reading about these small exotic pets because I enjoyed writing it. I figure if I can't own one, I can at least writing about how much fun it would be to have one. Thanks for checking in and sharing your thoughts...I always look forward to hearing from you.

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on December 08, 2011:

Thanks for reading and commenting on this small exotic pets hub, Donna! The sugar gliders are just too adorable, but there are some definite downsides that folks should weigh before getting one. I'm glad you enjoyed this one:)

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on December 08, 2011:

Hi little two two...nice to hear from you again! Thank you for sharing your thoughts about small exotic pets, and thank you for also clarifying that point about turtles. I totally agree with you that turtles can be excellent pets if proper hygiene practices are followed. I appreciate you pointing that out for our readers:)

Cindy Murdoch from Texas on December 08, 2011:

I have wanted a sugar glider for quite some time now, but my husband is against it, and it just isn't worth arguing about. After all, I have 3 cats and 2 dogs, and all but one claim me as their owner.

But they are so cute and I think I would enjoy their clinginess.

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on December 08, 2011:

Thanks Jackie Lynnley: of all these small exotic pets,the sugar gliders are my favorites! I've been fascinated with them ever since I saw one while I was out and about. I'm glad you liked this hub, and thank you for voting it up.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on December 08, 2011:

Oh those sugar gliders... so precious! I would be afraid I'd lay on it or step on it. I had a ferret sneaking in my house killing my hamsters so they are on my ----list, lol and a fox would be OK but a cute dog would do as well. Guess I just have to check out the sugar gliders. Thank you for showing them off! Great hub, voted up!

LyttleTwoTwo from Canada on December 08, 2011:

Nice article on exotics, tonnes of useful information ... only thing I will point out .. is your comment on turtles. Like any pet or animal (AKA the ferocious rottie) they come with risks ... risks can be minimized. I have 2 turtles right now, and have had one since I was 8years old. A fair amount of information on turtles is based on the early 70's and 80's era of misinformation. If a child gets salmonella from a pet turtle, the parent or the pet owner were not properly watching the children or they failed in the hygiene department, period.

""All reptiles can be carriers of Salmonella," says Dr. Mark Mitchell, an associate professor in the exotics and zoological medicine service at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana. While there are some species of bacteria that are not likely to cause disease, all Salmonella is considered pathogenic in humans.

While health officials have branded turtles as transmitters of Salmonella, it doesn't mean turtle owners across the country need to give up their beloved slow-moving, shell-covered friend. Dr. Mitchell says, "like any infectious disease, if you follow standard hygiene practices there shouldn't be a problem."" from the website http://aces.illinois.edu/

Donna Sundblad from Georgia on December 08, 2011:

Those sugar gliders are adorable. I can see why people would want to keep them as pets, but you make good points to take into consideration. Very informative and useful!


Top 10 Best Kind Of Pet Parrots

Parrots were represented for a long time favorite pet people. All of the Middle Ages and the famous captains of ships up to the present day in cages and in the free home version. Parrot is a common choice for a pet because they belong to the brightest line between pets and birds for long life. Some species of parrots can survive man. Especially because of his talent and that is an imitation of human speech and words.Here is a list of 10 parrots ideal pet.

1. African Grey Parrot:

This is said to be the most intelligent of all the parrot types. A large gray parrot with a red tail, some of these bird have vocabularies approaching 1,000 words or more.

2. Amazons Parrots:

This popular parrot type includes about 27 sub-types. Most are large, affectionate, and predominantly green.

3. Budgies Parrots:

Officially known as a parakeet or budgerigar, this parrot type is small and colorful. It is one of the most popular parrot pets.

4. Conures Parrots:

This parrot type seems to be a group of large parakeets. With long tails and strong beaks, these “clowns” come in a variety of colors.

5. Eclectus Parrots:

Eclectus Parrots are unusual in their coloring. On the one hand, males are bright green, with beaks like bright candy corn, tails and wings of blue or red. Females, on the other hand, have red heads, blue breasts, and the same red or blue wings and tails. In place of the candy corn look, they have black beaks.

6. Lovebirds Parrots:

Lovebirds are a small, stocky parrot type – among the smallest in the world. Many are green, sometimes with red faces or eye rings.

7. Macaws Parrots:

Native to South America, this is the largest parrot type in wingspan and length. The blue and gold macaw is especially beautiful.

8. Parrotlets Parrots:

These may look like parakeets at first glance, but this small parrot type has a broader body and tail than the parakeet.

9. Pionus Parrots:

There are many parrot types under the name Pionus parrot, and this larger, quieter parrot comes in many varieties of color.

10. Quakers Parrots:

This parrot type is often called a Monk Parrot or Grey-breasted Parakeet. It is a name that comes from facial feathering that resembles an old-fashioned Quaker costume.


What is an Exotic Pet?

First, it’s important to establish what, exactly, is considered an exotic pet. An exotic animal is one that is not domesticated or that is uncommon. There are many animals that are technically exotic (as in not domesticated or changed very little from their wild ancestors) but are not viewed as such, like several birds and fish. On the other hand, there are just as many non-exotic pets, such as pygmy hedgehogs and chinchillas, that are considered exotic but that are very changed, both physically and mentally, from their wild counterparts.

With that said, this list is meant to provide you information about exciting and truly exotic animals that are easy-ish to care for. But what is easy, you may wonder? The exotic pets listed here are considered lesser maintenance than other animals (yes, even the domesticated ones) due to the following:

  • They come with reasonable housing needs
  • They have a fairly simple diet that is easy to maintain
  • They’re small in size
  • They don’t require a great deal of attention and
  • They pose a lower house destruction potential than most other animals.

In general, these animals are low maintenance and don’t require much to live a long, happy and healthy life.

1. Rodents

Sure, rats and mice are cute, but if you want a small exotic pet, those rodents aren’t going to cut it. For a truly exotic animal that is likely to impress your houseguests, consider one of the following:

A Flying Squirrel

    Flying Squirrel:It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no, it’s a flying squirrel! Similar to sugar gliders but much easier to house and care for, these animals are cute and cuddly and the ideal pet for someone who wants the love of a dog but not the responsibility.

A Chipmunk Chipmunks: If you want an animal that can fit in the palm of your hand but just aren’t into adopting a pet mouse, the chipmunk might be for you. These creatures are extremely active and require a large cage in comparison with their size. Though these animals aren’t ideal for cuddling with, they are entertaining to watch.

A Prairie Dog Prairie Dogs: Just like domesticated canines, these little “dogs” are affectionate and can be trained to walk on a leash. They are very social creatures, so if you adopt one, you should expect to give it a significant amount of your time and attention. Despite their social needs, however, they are easy to care for and thrive in an adequately sized environment and off of a simple diet of hay, pellets, grasses, fruits and veggies.

A Degus

  • Degus: The degus is cute and small like a gerbil but is actually more closely related to the chinchilla and guinea pig. They’re highly social in nature, so it is recommended that if you’re going to adopt one, you should adopt two. Highly active creatures, the degus needs plenty of space to run around and exercise.
  • 2. Hedgehogs

    A Hedge Hog

    Hedgehogs are apart of the Erinaceinae family, and are neither rodent nor are they related to the very similar porcupine. By far the easiest exotic animal to care for, hedgehogs are ideal for someone who wants a pet but who doesn’t have a significant amount of time or resources to devote to their care and attention.

    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, all of which can be found in your kitchen or backyard. Hedgehogs are not social creatures, unlike many other smaller animals, so it is not recommended to house more than one in an enclosure.

    3. Non-Domesticated Canines

    A Fennec Fox

    If you’re the typical “dog person” but you like to defy social norms, you can find compromise with a non-domesticated canine such as a fennec fox or a Russian domesticated silver fox. Bear in mind though that their non-domesticated traits may be a challenge if you’re expecting the tame behavior of a normal feline or canine.

    Foxes are active predators, which means that they require the same amount of space to roam freely as you would grant to a domesticated canine. If you do plan to cage a fox, make sure that the cage is large and that you let it out frequently. Foxes can also be quite noisy and playful, much like a standard domesticated dog, so if you want a tame exotic animal, a fox may not be ideal for you.

    The pit fall of owning a domesticated foxes is their price tag. If you want to adopt a fox, you can expect to pay $2,000-$7,000 to bring one home. Non-domesticated foxes such as the white artic fox or red fox have undergone little to no selective breeding, and thus are much more affordable, costing as little as $200-$400. Keep in mind that the more affordable foxes tend to have a strong smell and are much less tame than their domesticated counterparts.

    4. Skunks

    A Skunk

    Skunks make great pets so long as you de-scent them first! Most pet owners are surprised to find that skunks are actually rather playful and enjoy their freedom they are not animals to be cooped up in cages all day. They like plenty of toys to play with and a large environment in which they can exercise both their physical and mental strengths. Skunks are easy to care for and require a simple diet of fruits, vegetables and dog food. While many skunk owners love their bi-colored pets, 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. However, that is not to say that skunks inherently carry the virus rather, they can contract the virus easily from another rabid animal.

    5. Wild Cats

    A Savannah Cat

    Not all felines are your typical house cat. There are many exotic cats that are just as cool as their ferocious ancestors. Two felines that make great house pets are the Savannah cat and the Bengal cat. The Savannah cat is a hybrid of the domesticated cat and the Serval, a wild cat from Africa. Some Savannah cats have more Serval in them than others, so breeders categorize them as a F1 to F6. A F1 cat has approximately 53% to 75% Serval in their genes, while a F3 has as little as 12.5% Serval. A F6 have very little Serval, but enough to rank as a Savannah cat. A F1 can be extremely challenging, especially if the percentage of its Serval genes errs towards 75, while a F6 will be almost as tame and complacent as your ordinary housecat. A F3 is a happy medium, as these animals typically have the fun loving and excitable personality of a regular canine but with all the exotic physical features of a Serval.

    The one downside to owning a Savannah cat is that they are expensive, which is to be expected as they look very much like a cheetah and are likely the closest you will ever get to owning such a wild creature.

    A Bengal Cat

    The Bengal cat is basically a domesticated cat but with a more interesting personality. Bengals have a small amount of Asian leopard genes in them, which is essentially the only “wild” in them. They are the ideal pet for someone who wants a pet with an exotic look but all the tame tendencies of a domestic cat.


    1 1- Chimpanzee- Cost upward of $60,000

    Many exotic pet owners love having chimpanzees because they are remarkably similar to humans. Even though they are considered an endangered species, they are still legal to own in the US. Their origin is West and Central Africa and if you are interested in owning one you may have to take out a second mortgage on your home! These cute, furry companions can cost you up to $60,000 and that’s just for the initial purchase.

    There are many things to consider if you are interested in owning a chimpanzees. They are highly intelligent, extremely territorial, and will strike without warning. They grow to be over 100 pounds and can live up to 60 years in captivity. Their average upper-body strength is five times that of a human. Having a chimpanzee can be considered a “status symbol” to some, just make sure you are prepared and know what comes along with these well-liked creatures.


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