Choosing an exotic pet
Choosing an exotic pet
The term “exotic pet” covers quite a wide range of animals. For most people, this conjures up images of lions, pythons, or walruses (maybe not walruses). In practice, it usually refers to creatures that are much tamer and adaptable as pets. Exotic pets offer diverse and exciting alternatives to your typical pets. Golden retrievers and goldfish for example. Just writing these words bored me to tears.
Owning an exotic pet is not without its potential drawbacks. They often require more attention and specialized diets. They may need to be actively socialized or else risk a return to a more wild nature. This may include aggression or self-injurious behavior. This article talks about several species that more and more people are keeping as domesticated pets.
Kinkazu – these cute creatures originate from the tropical forests of Central and South America. They are closely related to raccoons and ringed bears. Of all the species considered “exotic,” Kinkajous are among the most suitable for house companions. They are quite sociable and unlike some other animals on the list, they are not prone to “wild” smells. Kinkajous are most active at night, so they are very suitable for night owls (I mean people who stay up late – not an exotic pet). Be warned though – Kinkajous can sometimes show aggressive streaks and sometimes even scream or scream when upset.
Monkey – so almost everyone knows what a monkey is. What is less well known is that there are several species that can actually make a tame companion. Unless you’re a day keeper, you should probably stick to the smaller varieties better suited for domestic life – namely spider monkeys and white capuchins. Nothing is cuter than a baby monkey, but you have to be prepared to commit to YEARS of hard work to care for the breeding and maintenance of these animals. One of the more difficult aspects of caring for monkeys involves their special dietary needs, which often require a lot of time to prepare. They also become very attached to certain people and may react negatively to new people brought into the household.
Sugar marsupial flying squirrel – nothing ranks higher for exotic appeal than the little sugar glider. These small possums are native to Tasmania and parts of Australia. These animals have membranes attached to their toes that allow them to glide short distances through the air (hence the name). Like the Kinkajou, these marsupials are primarily nocturnal. They are great companions for people who have a lot of time to spend with their pets in the evening. One important point to mention regarding exotic pets is that many countries have very strict laws governing the ownership of many exotic species. Sugar gliders are among the most widely accepted “legal” species in the United States.
Please note that regardless of the type of pet you choose, it is very important to consider your own capabilities, level of commitment and local animal ownership regulations. Choosing to own a pet is an important responsibility and should not be taken lightly.
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