25 Wild Animals That Are Legal To Keep As Pets But Probably Shouldn’t Be

Owning a pet has obvious benefits: they help reduce stress, they act as our protectors both in our personal home space and public places, they help those of us with disabilities both physically and emotionally, and so much more. The relationship between a pet and its owner is truly unique. However, the pets that come to mind are usually cute, cuddly, domesticated creatures such as dogs, cats, ferrets, etc. But what if we were to tell you that a unique group of people find pet companionship within a far more dangerous group of wild animals? And what if we were to tell you that owning such wild animals and keeping them as pets is actually legal? Well it’s true. Animals such as tigers, wolves, bears, and even alligators have served as pets in the most startling of relationships between humans and beasts even though such proximity carries with it a very real and present danger. After all, some of these animals are responsible for countless of human deaths in the wild. Why would anyone want to put themselves in such a dangerous situation and why is this legal? We don’t know for sure. But what we do know is that these 25 Wild Animals That Are Legal To Keep As Pets But Probably Shouldn’t Be.

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Squirrel Monkeys

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Squirrel monkeys are not known for being the cleanest or the most disciplined pets on earth. To give you an idea of their hygiene peculiarities (you know, in case you’re thinking of getting one), they use urine to wash their hands and feet (in the wild, this helps them leave a scent trail when tree hoping).. Cool huh?


Emperor Scorpions

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They might sound dangerous and intimidating but scorpions have become increasingly popular pets lately, especially emperor scorpions. They are not great for handling, but they are quiet, clean, and easy to care for. The good thing about emperor scorpions is that they are not particularly dangerous, in contrast to some other species of scorpion. Their sting has been likened to a bee’s in that it is painful, but medical attention is not usually necessary.



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As we all know bears are famous for having impressive strength and a huge appetite for meat. They are also very curious animals and often show interest in approaching humans, including breaking into their homes, which both wild and captive bears have done many times.



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Genets are long, lean carnivores with a tail usually at least as long as their body. Genets resemble elongated cats or ferrets, and can appear catlike, except for their longer faces. They have a long, thin body set on short legs, and their ears are large and rounded. Like cats, genets have semi-retractable claws, and they can erect a crest of hair at the base of their spine when frightened. To make a long story short, if you’re tired of cats and want to try something new then just get a genet and you won’t regret it.



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Degus are very social animals and can become very tame if handled from an early age. However, they do best when they are with other degus because of their social nature. They are playful and curious but keep in mind that without social interaction and exercise, they can be aggressive and neurotic.

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