Seven Rare, Unique and Wonder Animals You May Want As Exotic Pets
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Seven Rare, Unique and Wonder Animals You May Want As Exotic Pets

Peculiar or rare animal pets which are kept in the house and are not usually seen or thought of as pets are called “exotic pets”. Exotic pets can also be animals which are not endemic to the owner’s residence. If you are living in a temperate region and you have a pet from the tropical region, your pet is an exotic pet. Among the most popular exotic pets in the worlds are birds, snakes and reptiles such as pythons, lizards and parrots.

Peculiar or rare animal pets which are kept in the house and are not usually seen or thought of as pets are called “exotic pets”. Exotic pets can also be animals which are not endemic to the owner’s residence. If you are living in a temperate region and you have a pet from the tropical region, your pet is an exotic pet. Among the most popular exotic pets in the worlds are birds, snakes and reptiles such as pythons, lizards and parrots.

Here’s a list of unusual animals you might want to consider as exotic pets.

Indian Star Tortoise (Geochelone elegans)

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To the Chinese, having a turtle for a pet brings good charm and luck but to others; turtles bring bad luck and progress is slow because of the animals’ nature of moving too slow. Whatever their belief regarding this animal, it’s up to the prospective buyer to believe it or not.

One of the most beautifully designed tortoises in the world is the Indian Star Tortoise. This turtle is well-known for unique patterns and markings on its shell. It can be found in dry areas in Sri Lanka and India and is quite popular in the exotic pet trade. They are finicky and very slow to grow. Their diet includes phosphorous and calcium rich foods.

Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis)

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Ocelots are definitely cool-looking animals and having them as exotic pet will surely be lots of fun. It has one of the most beautifully designed and marked coats of any animals in the world. They are native to the Americas.

Madagascar Hissing Cockroach (Gromphadorhina portentosa)

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Cockroaches are among the most hated creatures in the world. They can be found anywhere else in the world and are considered nuisance and pest. It is quite unbelievable but some cockroaches can be raised as pets. As a fact to the matter, some cockroaches are used in racing/gambling and some are eaten also as exotic food. One popular species that can be raised as exotic pet is the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach. This bizarre pet is also known as the Hissing Cockroach or simply Hisser. This large cockroach species is native to Madagascar Island. What make them unique? These cockroaches are wingless. They are good climbers too. It has a lifespan of 5 years and their diet is exclusively vegetable materials.

Black Wallaroo (Macropis bernardus)

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Have you been to Australia? Have you seen a Kangaroo? How about a Wallaby? A unique pet somebody must have is the Wallaroo – an animal whose name is derived from the combination of Kangaroo and Wallaby – two distinct creatures endemic to Australia.  

A Wallaroo is about 70 cm in length excluding the tail and weighs up to 22 kg. There are 3 species of Wallaroos but the most popular and most distinct is the Black Wallaroo.

Serval (Caracal serval)

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Servals are wildcats of Africa. They are notable for their beautiful spots. They are hardly seen during the day because they are nocturnal creatures. They are good hunters and unique in eating birds they preyed – they utilize an effective plucking technique by tossing the captured birds in the air repeatedly while simultaneously thrashing their head from side-to-side, removing mouthfuls of feathers, which they discard.

Raccoon (Procyon lotor)

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A Raccoon is definitely an exotic pet to own. It is usually 70 cm in length and weighs between 3.5 to 9 kg. It is a night creature and feeds on invertebrates, vertebrates and plants. This intelligent omnivore is suggested for people who have long patience because it may act unpredictably and aggressively and it can be quite difficult to teach them to obey and understand commands. It is suggested to have a pair of Raccons for exotic pets to avoid boredom and loneliness.

Common Genets (Genetta genetta)

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Genets are beautiful mammals for an exotic pet. One of the most common and notable species of Genets is the Common Genet. They are related to the civets, fossas, linsangs and mongooses. As pets, they consume standard commercial cat food. This very clean animal can live up to 20 years or more in captivity

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Comments (3)

Great article. My uncle had a racoon when I was a kid. It lived on a little tree house.

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Other than the cockroach these animals probably should not be kept as pets by most people.

The ocelot looks so lovely.

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