Most Exotic Pets You Can Own


A cute hedgehog that YOU can own!

When most people think of pets, the traditional animals such as, dogs, cats, fish, birds, and hamsters come to mind. But aside from the common ones you can own, there are also a variety of exotic and interesting creatures that are legally allowed to be pets. Usually zoos are the only places where you may expect to find rare and wild animals, but nowadays your very own home can be an animal sanctuary. Depending on which state or country you live in, the availability, prices, and approval may vary. Some are perfectly legal to own, while others require a license. Compiled below, is a list of exotic pets that are legal in most areas.

  1. Sugar Gliders


These adorable little marsupials originated from Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and Australia. They are usually only seven inches in length, weigh up to six ounces, and live up to 10-15 years. Sugar gliders are able to gracefully glide through the air and are very fond of sweet foods, hence their name. These cute creatures have become very popular as exotic pets all over the world, due to their extremely social nature and ability to easily bond with humans. But because they thrive on constant attention, it is probably best to get them a friend or two if you are away for long hours. With proper care, these cuties will be happily gliding through your house.

  1. Hedgehogs

These spiked cuties hail from Europe, Asia, and Africa, and are quite popular as exotic pets. Hedgehogs can weigh up to 1.5 pounds and have a lifespan of three to five years. Their spines may reach up to an inch in length and they each have a set of 5000 to 7000 quills. Although hedgehogs have poor eyesight and are near blind, they are extremely sociable and curious. They are also quiet, nocturnal animals that do not trigger allergies and are great for those allergic to more conventional pets with fur, such as dogs and cats.

  1.      Capybaras

Native to South Africa, capybaras are known as the world’s largest rodents, capable of weighing up to 150 pounds and growing up to 4 feet in length. With an average lifespan of 8-10 years, capybaras are smart, playful, and social pets that will stick by your side for a long time. Surprisingly, this affectionate creature’s name literally translates to “water pig”, and for a good reason too. Capybaras love water and will engage in swimming, to keep themselves happy and exercised, so if there is a pool around, make sure your capybara has access to it. Because they are also incredibly social, it is advised to get two if you are away from home often.   

  1.       Fennec Foxes

These fluffy-eared foxes have a lifespan of 10-16 years and maintain a perky and friendly disposition even in old age. Fennec foxes are very popular as house pets and are commercially bred, so availability isn’t a concern. Usually described as a cross between a dog and a cat in personality, these animals are technically related to dogs, but have more of a cat’s temperament. They can be easily litterbox trained and sleep for most of the day. With their huge ears, they are avid hunters, mainly at night is when they seek their prey. They are social, affectionate, and loving pets that will give unconditional love for as long as they live.

      Aside from dogs and cats, there are a variety of other exotic and interesting pets that can be just as fun and entertaining, as the more traditional ones. Melody S. says, “Wow! I never thought that all these amazing animals were legal to own as pets!” These fun and unique pets will be waiting for your care!