From the cutest to the scariest, learn more about these exotic pets you can actually own.
Lifespan: 3 to 8 years
Origin: Europe, Asia and Africa
These prickly creatures have been making household pets for years. Hedgehogs are known for rolling up in a ball exposing their spines to predators, so they must be handled gently and with care. They are also very vocal creatures who spend most of their time playing at night. Hedgehogs are known for bonding with their owners similarly to dogs. So, the more time you spend with them, the more affectionate they’ll be.
Lifespan:15 to 22 years
Origin: Andes Mountains and South America
Similar to a squirrel, Chinchillas are small and perky creatures. This little rodent can make a great pet if cared for gently. Chinchillas are considered low-maintenance pets that should be kept in a large cage when not roaming the house free.
Lifespan: 10 to 15 years
Origin:Australia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia
These small creatures are actually in the same family as a Kangaroo or Koala Bear. They are marsupials, meaning they hold their babies in pouches. The on of the most unique characteristics to Sugar Gliders is the way they connect with their human owners, making them a fun and special pet.
Lifespan: usually around 10 to 25 years
Origin: Tarantula’s are found on every continent except Antarctica.
If you want a unique yet easy pet, a Tarantula is the exotic pet for you. This pet spider is noiseless, easy to feed and care for and require little space. Although a Tarantula’s bite is poisonous, it is relative to a bee sting, but should still be handled with care.
Lifespan:20 to 30 years
Origin: Central America
For the real thrill seekers, Ball Python are the most popular pet in the python world. These snakes average about 3 to 5 feet in length and come in a variety of different colors and patterns.
It is important to do your research before deciding to purchase an exotic pet. Each species should be cared for differently, each with their own characteristics, personalities and threats. You should also look into the specific exotic pet laws for your state for each state has different restrictions and requirements.