We have already published many posts dedicated to pets and a vast majority (if not all) of them have featured dogs and cats. Today’s post will be also about pets, but this time around, we will focus on much more unusual and unlikely pets as we will show you some of the coolest exotic animals legal to own.
From tarantulas and freshwater stingrays to wallaroos and alligators, if you want to know what exotic pets are for sale, check out these 25 Exotic Animals You Could Legally Own.
Note: Some of the animals featured in this post can be legally owned only in certain US states as each state has its own laws regarding pet ownership. It is also important to remember that exotic, non-domesticated animals belong in the wild and keeping them in captivity is usually extremely stressful for them.
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Resembling both dog and cat, the Fennec Fox is a very cool, small pet to own. The smallest of all the world’s foxes, it naturally lives in the Sahara Desert and elsewhere in North Africa. These nocturnal mammals usually forage for plants but also eat rodents, eggs, reptiles, and insects.
Mexican Redknee Tarantula
Native to mountains of western Mexico, the Mexican Redknee Tarantula is one of the most popular pets among spider enthusiasts. It is a very large, interestingly colored spider that can live for up to 30 years and is relatively easy to care for.
Naturally found in the Andes Mountains in South America, the Chinchilla is prized for its beautiful soft lush fur, and curious, boisterous nature and no objectionable noises. They are low-maintenance pets, but they are very fragile and might bite when squeezed too tightly.
While the Freshwater Stingray looks really cool, and it will certainly be the main attraction of your fish tank, caring for them is no easy task. They need very large aquariums with a huge bottom area. Stingrays are also sensitive to the water chemistry and purity, so a frequent water change is a must.
Native to Australia, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia, the Sugar Glider is a cute little marsupial. They have become popular as exotic pets because they are very social and bond easily with humans. It is best to get two or more Sugar Gliders if you cannot be home a lot to keep them company.
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