Did you know that 67% of American households own pets? Maybe you’re in the minority where you don’t have a pet at all. Or maybe you do have one, but want something more exciting.
In that case, perhaps it’s time for you to start shopping for your new companion. After all, not only will they help with loneliness, but they’ll also improve your image!
Want to look cool and own an amazing pet? Then read on. Here’s a list of some exotic pets you can use to build your self-image.
Turtles are cool as cucumbers, and they eat cucumbers (along with other leafy greens). There are so many different species that there’s bound to be one that really speaks to you.
Smaller turtle breeds only grow to about 1 foot long, so they won’t take up much space at all. Plus, they’ll fit in a terrarium, which will certainly perk up your living room.
Turtles are also very easy to care for. You just need to feed them 4-5 times a week, and their diet consists of not only leafy greens, but also fish and insects.
Whenever you have people over, you can amuse them with the colorful and beautiful turtle you have in the tank. What’s great is some species can live up to 30 years, so you’ll have a buddy for life!
This isn’t for the faint of heart, especially those who have arachnophobia! However, if you’re brave and aren’t afraid of creepy crawlies, then tarantulas actually make great pets. You can let them crawl all over your hands and pet their furry bodies.
These creatures can grow up to 10 inches long and live up to 7 years. You’ll need to keep this critter in a terrarium and feed them live insects, such as mealworms, crickets, and even roaches.
The one main requirement tarantulas need is a dark area to live in. So if you have a man cave, this is the perfect spot to put a tarantula terrarium.
Rats have a bad rap. When most people think of rats, they think of dirty rodents scurrying about in the sewers and the dark.
But really, rats are some of the most adorable pets around. Plus, they’re pretty smart! They’re like mini dogs in a sense that they’re very affectionate and can be taught some tricks.
Domesticated rats are very clean and groom themselves often. When you see them, you won’t believe that they’re not hamsters or guinea pigs, just because they’re so cute!
Do note that they’re social creatures, so you need to buy at least 2 to make sure your new pets are happy. They also need pretty large cages; you should let them free-roam a room and/or the house so they can get as much stimulation as possible.
The only downside is rats only live about 2 to 3 years. You might have a hard time saying goodbye to your precious pet after just knowing it for a few years.
Chinchillas are another fuzzy animal that’s exotic and also cute. But unlike rats, chinchillas don’t really like to be cuddled. So if you want a pet that you don’t have to touch much, but is still exotic and furry, then chinchillas can be an excellent choice!
They’re pretty low-maintenance, so you won’t have to do a lot to take care of them. Just make sure they have a huge cage and have a buddy or 2, since they’re social creatures as well.
Chinchillas will also need a dust bath setup to keep themselves clean. So make sure you get all these supplies before you bring some home.
Many people not only have arachnophobia, but also ophidiophobia. This is the fear of snakes!
But if you don’t have the latter phobia, then give snakes a try. These cold-blooded creatures come in an amazing array of not just sizes, but also colors.
If you’re a beginner and/or want something easy to take care of, we’d suggest going with a corn snake.
To avoid injury to both your snake and small animals, it’s best to feed your pet frozen white feeder mice. Not only is this more humane, but it’ll also ensure your beautiful snake doesn’t get harmed while it tries to feed.
Do you prefer warm-blooded pets? Then here’s another cute (but not fuzzy) exotic pet to consider!
The hedgehog has cute beady eyes and a prickly body. They’re actually not social creatures, which means you can have just 1 and not worry about them being lonely.
Hedgehogs live around 5 to 7 years, which isn’t too short of a lifespan. Plus, even though they’re an exotic pet, you can find the food they need in most pet stores.
One drawback of hedgehogs is they defecate pretty often. This means you’ll have to wash them a lot.
Ferrets are a housepet that’s related to weasels. While you might think you have a good idea of what ferrets look like, they actually come in a wide variety of colorings, including black-footed ferrets.
These animals are carnivores, so you’ll have to feed them raw meat or kitten food. There’s also special ferret food you can feed them.
These critters are very inquisitive, so make sure you always have an eye on them when they’re roaming your house. They’re also very energetic and need companions, so make sure you buy them in pairs and give them lots of toys.
Check Out Some of These Exotic Pets
With this list of exotic pets, you’re sure to boost your self-image. Not only that, but you’ll get to learn to take care of some really cool pets!
As you can see, this is a win-win situation. So if you’re lonely and want a pet to add some excitement in your life, you can’t go wrong with these on our list! You just might discover your new best friend that might even act as your wingman.
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