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16 Unusual Pets


You’re familiar with dog people, cat people and maybe even the occasional bird person. But do you know anyone who is an exotic animal person? They do exist, and most of their pets are legal to own in their respective states! Exotic pets are unusual not just in the way they look but also in their care and maintenance. Some popular choices of unusual pets include:

  • Hedgehogs
  • Ferrets
  • Pigs

Maybe you want one for yourself, but you’re not sure which one is the best for you. Luckily for you, there are plenty of people out there who don’t fall in the category of dog or cat person, and for good reason. Some of their choices of pet are incredible, and almost too good to be true.

Here’s a list of the most unusual pets that are legal to own in some places around the world:

1. Capybara. The largest rodent in the world and a native to South America, the Capybara can measure 4 feet on average and weight more than 120 pounds. They’re not fully domesticated, but they’re easy-going and relaxed rodents. They require a lot of outdoor space to swim, because they’re semi-aquatic. They’re herbivores and they require a lot of fresh water for drinking.


2. Fennec Fox. This desert animal is smaller than a cat, and very smart too. They can be housetrained to use a litter box and they are not a threat to the general public. When they reach their full size, they can weigh as much as a Chihuahua.

3. Serval. These felines don’t just look like leopards, they also need just as much care as one. They need a lot of areas to explore, swim, hunt and run in, and a special and pricey diet to keep them healthy and happy. They’re obedient and affectionate, and they love to hunt at night.


4. Skunk. The skunk has a bad reputation for being smelly, but people who own them as pets simply remove their scent glands when their 4 weeks old. They’re described as sensitive, intelligent and extremely curious by people who have owned these striped little friends. They need to be litter trained and they eat fresh veggies and dry food.


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