5 Exotic Animals That Make Amazing Pets

Exotic Pet Fennec Fox

While most people pet common animals like cats, dogs, or fish, some individuals seek unique and exotic animals to keep as pets. These outstanding creatures can bring a sense of adventure and wonder into your life and provide a unique experience. On the other hand, these exceptional pets require extreme care, attention, a different diet, and a suitable environment to thrive. 

In this article, we will explore 5 exotic animals that make amazing pets, highlighting their distinctive qualities and the considerations involved in their care.

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Hedgehogs

Hedgehogs

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Hedgehogs are cute, tiny, and spiny mammals found throughout parts of Asia, Europe, Africa, and New Zealand. The spiny structure of Hedgehogs resembles that of porcupines, which are rodents, and echidnas, a type of monotreme. They can be easily recognized by their spines, which are none other than hollow hairs made stiff with keratin. 

Hedgehogs make amazing pets because of their low maintenance and can adapt well to domestic environments. They feed on fruits, vegetables, and insects. 

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Hedgehogs are a kind of aloof and will survive easily without their owner, hence they are ideal pets for those who travel frequently and are busy at work.

It is illegal to keep Hedgehog as a pet in some US states, such as Hawaii, Georgia, California, etc. However, one can keep them after issuing a breeding license. 

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Sugar Gliders

Sugar Gliders

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Sugar Gliders are small, nocturnal gliding possums (marsupials) native to some portions of southeastern Australia. They are named after their feeding habits to have sugary foods such as sap and nectar and an ability to glide through the air. Sugar Gliders have a thick and soft fur coat which makes them adorable. 

These gliding creatures form strong bonds with their human companions and thrive in groups. However, they require specialized diets such as acacia seeds, eggs, fruits, etc., and plenty of attention to ensure their well-being. 

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Sugar Gliders can be an ideal companion for those who want a furry creature to be with them the whole day and night. They are also referred to as pocket-pet and go-to pets for those who love to carry their pet wherever they go. 

Skunks

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Skunk

Contrary to popular belief, Skunks can make affectionate and rewarding pets when tamed from a young age. However, they are notorious for their disgusting odor but can be de-scented by removing their anal gland, which is responsible for the foul odor they release.

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With their curious nature, and striking black and white fur, Skunks can provide a unique and outstanding pet ownership experience. 

They are easy to pet as they are low-maintenance animals, and feed on an omnivorous diet consisting of fruits and vegetables, and dog food. But, they also require significant time commitment, socialization, and a suitable environment like a playground, to ensure good health. 

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Fennec Foxes

Fennec Fox

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If you love to pet canines but are looking for some other options then Fennec Fox can be a good choice. Fennec Foxes are known for their large ears and captivating charm. These small foxes originate from the Sahara Desert and are highly popular among exotic animal enthusiasts. 

However, they have a manageable size, resembling the average pet cat, but they are wild animals. Hence, they need a considerable amount of space to roam around and expend their energy. They also require specialized care and diet. 

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Serval Cats

Serval cat

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For those people who are looking for a feline companion with a wild touch, Serval cats are the best option. Serval Cats are medium-sized wild cats native to Africa, known for their striking coat pattern resembling a tiger, and tall ears.  

Serval cats are active in the day as well as at night, and hence they make an ideal and amazing pet for energetic owners.

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They are carnivorous hence, can be fed on frozen meat and dog food. While they can form strong bonds with their owners, serval cats require a unique set of care requirements, including a spacious outdoor enclosure and mental stimulation to mimic their natural habitat.   

Choosing an exotic animal as a pet can provide a unique and fulfilling experience for dedicated and responsible owners. However, it is essential to thoroughly research the specific requirements, laws, and regulations associated with domesticating such animals before making a decision. 

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