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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Pac-Man Frogs

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Thanks to the legendary video game, Pac-Man frogs have become increasingly popular pets in the past few years. They are not hard to deal with, and they can make a good pet as long as you take good care of them (which you could argue is the case for most pets).

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Kinkajous

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A kinkajou is a very cute animal to look at but owning one might not be the best idea. They are wild animals and have been known to scratch, bite, and injure their owners when they are not busy ruining the owner’s furniture. Owning a kinkajou is bad for the animal as well since it’s almost impossible to replicate their rainforest environment.

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Chinchillas

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Chinchillas are a bright exception to the rule when it comes to unusual pets since they are easy to take care of and harmless when it comes to their owner and the environment in which they live. Their only “demand” is that you give them a dust bath often to keep their coats clean and show them love, which they will return in big doses.

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Bearded Dragons

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Want to buy a bearded dragon, but don’t know where to find one? Although bearded dragons (and other kinds of dragons and lizards) have become quite popular pets, keep in mind that taking care of one is a very detailed process. They need to be kept at a certain temperature, need a certain amount of space, and have a specific bathing ritual. If you’re not ready to handle it, don’t do it.

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Axolotls

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The axolotl is a type of salamander, native to Mexico. Axolotls are used fairly extensively in laboratory settings, primarily to study their regenerative capabilities, and are relatively easy to breed in captivity. Unfortunately, wild axolotls are now considered critically endangered, suffering from the effects of exploitation and pollution, so if you plan to own a few and help them breed then you would contribute a great deal to the animal kingdom.

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