“Exotic” is a relative term as far as pets are concerned. It can mean anything from an animal you don't see in your neighborhood every day to one that's endangered or even illegal.
But there is a difference between exotic and unusual pets. Unusual pets are domesticated animals that you don't see often, like ferrets and hedgehogs. Exotic pets are more likely to be wild animals and have specific care needs.
What are exotic pets?
Exotic animals are considered to be any animal that is not commonly found in the household and can include anything from a rat to a tiger. Although they can be fun to have as pets and may appear easy to take care of, some exotic pets require special licenses and permits because of their unique feeding and housing requirements.
Rabbits, ferrets, hamsters, guinea pigs, rats and mice are exotic pets that have become popular choices for people who want something different. They are generally inexpensive, fairly low maintenance and small enough to fit into most living spaces.
Reptiles are another common form of exotic pet. They come in all shapes and sizes, but all reptiles need specialized equipment including heating lamps, humidifiers or dehumidifiers, temperature controllers and an enclosure big enough to comfortably house them. Often these enclosures will need custom-made glass or plexiglass fronts
Although snakes can make good pets if you are willing to devote yourself to learning about the specific needs of each species you plan on keeping, they may not be suitable for children because their size restricts handling options. Snakes also require large enclosures with substrates that must be kept clean and free from odors.
Some birds such as finches or budgies are also considered exotic pets by some people because they're not commonly kept as companion animals. Birds typically considered exotic include cockatoos, lovebirds and cockatiels. Some reptiles are considered exotic as well: Alligators or crocodiles may be legal in some places with special permits.
How to Choose an Exotic Pet
An exotic pet is defined as any pet that does not fall under the category of cats, dogs, fish, or farm animals. Of course, there are many more animals that can be kept as pets than just those listed above. Exotic pets come in all shapes and sizes, including mammals such as hedgehogs and flying squirrels, birds such as toucans and cockatoos, reptiles such as bearded dragons and boa constrictors, amphibians such as fire-bellied toads and green tree frogs, and invertebrates such as tarantulas and poison dart frogs. While it’s not always possible to predict how well a specific animal will do in captivity (even with the most careful planning), there are some things you can consider before jumping into keeping an exotic pet.
As much as these animals are interesting and fun to be with, they require extra care.
Here are 10 ways on how to take care of exotic pets.
- Some exotic pets, like lizards and snakes, may seem self-sufficient but they still need specialized care.
Even though there are many similarities between caring for dogs and cats, there are also a lot of differences. Knowing what those differences are will help you determine if you are ready for an exotic pet.
2.Since exotic pets have different needs than dogs and cats, it is important to learn about them before you decide to adopt one.
A good place to start is by talking to an experienced veterinarian or a local animal shelter that specializes in exotic pets. You can also find information online on websites such as reptilechannel.com or petharbor.com.
- When taking care of an exotic pet, it is important that you keep all of its vital signs in check.
including temperature and humidity levels. Also be aware of any unusual behaviors or signs that could indicate illness such as lethargy or vomiting. If you notice anything unusual with your new friend's health, contact your veterinarian right away!
- You need to know what kind of food they like.
Some animals can eat meat, while others prefer fruits and vegetables. You should always check with your vet first before giving them any kind of food or treats so that they don't get sick from eating something they shouldn't have eaten in the first place!
- Make sure there's plenty of water available at all times because these animals need hydration just like humans do!
If they're not drinking enough then their bodies will start shutting down due to lack of fluids in their systems which could lead to death if left untreated immediately by medical professionals who specialize in exotic animal medicine.
- Make sure that the cage or habitat is big enough for them to walk around and play.
Most small pets need space wherein they can jump around and flex their muscles so a small cage is not recommended especially if you want them to remain healthy and active.
- Speak to the experts.
Visit local vets and animal shelters or rescue centers and speak to those who already have experience with the animal you are considering. Find out whether they will be suitable for your lifestyle and environment and what the ongoing costs of care may be. You should also find out if there is a specialist vet nearby who can treat your pet if it gets sick – something that can be expensive.
- Know the law
Check with your local council if there are any restrictions on keeping exotic pets where you live; some places may not allow them at all. The Animal Welfare Act 2006 makes it an offense for owners to fail to provide for their animals' welfare needs – these include a suitable environment, diet and company of its own kind (when required).
- Quarantine your new pet
It's best not to introduce a new pet into an environment where another animal already resides until you've made sure that your new pet is healthy and not carrying any contagious diseases or parasites. Quarantining can last anywhere from two weeks to two months, depending on the species.
- Consider whether your lifestyle is suited for an exotic pet.
Unlike dogs or cats, most exotic animals do not thrive in households where people are away from home for long periods of time each day. If you work long hours and travel frequently, it may be better to buy a more traditional pet.
To end this on a lighter note, exotic pets are really popular among kids, but their requirements can be difficult to take care of. So this article covers ten different ways in which people can better take care of their exotic pets, ensuring that they stay alive and healthy for longer.