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10 Beautiful Exotic Animals You Can Own as Pets

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1- Chinchilla

Chinchilla
Chinchilla

These shy animals are as cute as they are soft and affectionate, which is to say, a lot! Chinchillas are known to become quite tame and also form a strong bond with their owners, although if you do try to cuddle them, they might become scared.

Don’t worry though, they can show you their affection in many other ways! Because they are nocturnal, they require a quiet place to rest during the day, but we think this is a very small price to pay in order to enjoy all this floof, which by the way reminds us that we should tell you to try and keep them in a cool area of your house because they are prone to overheating.

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2- Ferret

Ferret
Ferret

Ferrets have seen a massive rise in their popularity over the past couple of years, and by looking at those adorable faces, it’s not hard to understand why. But Ferrets have more to them than their cute appearance:
They can be amazingly playful and sociable, especially if they are properly handled and socialized from when they are young, and you can even train them to use a litter box, just like cats.

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If you want a low maintenance pet though, ferrets might not be ideal for you, because they do require lots of exercise during the day and they also tend to be a bit mischievous, which, apart from hilarious scenes, might also be the reason why “you can’t have nice things” in your house.

3- Axolotl

Axolotl
Axolotl

Admit it. You never thought of a salamander as a cute animal, and even more so, you never thought of a salamander as an animal you can keep as a pet.

But Axolotl is here to prove to us that salamanders are misjudged and that they are in fact, extremely cute.

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They make for a surprisingly good choice to own as a beginner pet, since caring for them is not that hard.

They eat either frozen, freeze-dried or fresh bloodworms, shrimp and they can even be fed with ground beef, and their tanks can be as small as 10 gallons (although experts do recommend you get a larger one for their comfort).
Of course, the most interesting thing about these species of salamanders is how odd they look and act: imagine a baby dragon that has the cutest yawn in the world.

4- Degu

Degu
Degu

Not sure if you want to get a Guinea pig or a hamster as a pet? Well then, Degu is the perfect animal for you, Not only they look like they came straight out of a fairytale, but they are also extremely social
(that’s one reason that it’s recommended to get two Degu -male and female- and not one), and they are not nocturnal, which means that they can actually keep you company during the day, but most importantly – let you sleep at night.

They can live in the same type of cage that rats or ferrets do, and they also play with the same kind of accessories.
The only thing to keep in mind is that much like the chinchillas, they also need to take dust baths!

 

5- Sugar Glider

Sugar Glider
Sugar Glider

One reason that experts say it explains why the internet is taken over by storm by the cute Sugar Gliders is that they have those big eyes that trigger people to think of them like human babies.

We don’t know about all that, but we do know that when we look at these adorable animals, all we want to do is squeeze and kiss them.

The Sugar Gliders are much like a flying squirrel and they have thin membranes of skin on both sides of their bodies, which allows them to “fly”, or better yet glide short distances.

You should keep in mind that even though they are very affectionate and undeniably cute, they can be extremely messy and also smelly since they have four scent glands for marking territory.

6- Hedgehog

Hedgehog
Hedgehog

Who doesn’t want to have a hedgehog as a pet? People who are afraid of needles, I can hear you say. But wait a minute, I reply, don’t you know that you can teach them to accept handling?

Hedgehogs might not be as easy to keep as a pet, but all that cuteness will definitely reward you if you decide to open your house and your heart to one.

They require little attention, almost no grooming, and they are just about eight inches long.

Because they are nocturnal, if you are a night owl yourself, they can be your perfect little friend to spend the night with, but if you are an early bird, you might want to steer clear from these prickly balls of cuteness.

7- Slow Loris

Slow Loris
Slow Loris

The eyes, chico, they… sometimes lie! Slow Loris is a super popular animal, mainly because of those huge eyes that looked like they just
dropped their ice cream on the street.
But don’t get tricked, as hard as it is, because Slow Loris is actually not that easy to handle. Yes, they will reward your decision to adopt
them every time you look into their eyes, but they will also bite you, and they have an even more dangerous secret, which hides under their arms. Their armpits secrete a dangerous venom, and to make matters even worse, the Slow Loris licks them while they are grooming.

8- Capybara

Capybara
Capybara

If you want to be the owner of the largest rodent in the world, then look no further: Capybara is the one. Although they do weigh up to 170 pounds, they are as cute and friendly as any tiny animal, but they are a little bit harder to care for exactly because of their size.

They don’t bite unless seriously provoked, and they can warm up to their humans quite easily, even if they are taken as adults and not babies.

A thing that you have to keep in mind is that Capybaras don’t do very well on their own, so it is suggested you get a pair of them, but don’t worry, because apart from doubling the cuteness in your house, you will also have the chance to hear them talking to each other, as they tend to be very vocal with each other.

 

9- Wallaby

Wallaby
Wallaby

This tiny kangaroo look-alike is here to steal our hearts and we gladly let it.
he Wallaby, although it is not so common to have as an exotic pet, are quite friendly and affectionate (especially towards each other), but they can be very suspicious towards humans, mostly because they are not domesticated and cannot be house-trained.

One thing you definitely have to keep in mind if you ever think of owning this majestic animal is that they use their strong legs in self-defense, which means hard kicks are in order if they feel threatened.

10- Serval Cat

Serval Cat
Serval Cat

Although it is technically a cat, it is also an exotic pet, so, yes, they do make our list. One thing that makes us fall absolutely head over heels for this animal, is obviously their beauty and cuteness, but as far as exotic pets go, serval cats probably should be on the bottom of your list as possible pets, and here’s why: First of all, they are a wild animal.

That means you have to create both a safe and warm space for them year-round, and that it is illegal to own one in many countries.

They can be affectionate, but they are not especially friendly neither with kids nor with other pets, and they have a lot of exercise needs and tons of energy.

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