Good Names for Exotic Pets

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Naming any kind of pet can be a challenge. Depending on what kind of exotic pet you're wanting to name you may need to take into consideration if it is easy to say if it matches his personality if there is a naming theme with multiple names, and if they're popular names for that specific species.

Check out these exotic names for exotic pets, and maybe you'll get a few ideas to name your own pet. If you're having a hard time finding a name you like, don't just stick to the list for the specific kind of pet you have. Try searching the other species for even more pet name ideas!


Chinchillas are from the Andes mountains so popular South American names can be options. Some favorites in this list are Baja, Manzana, and Mr. Chili.


Degus are from Chile so think of some spicy names or South American names to complement your pocket pet. Some favorites in this list are Taco, Fritos, and Diego.


Domestic ferrets are found in the wild but their cousins the black-footed ferrets, mink, and other critters are. Think about where these animals reside to pick a suitable name or get creative and choose one that reflects how mischievous your pet is!


Chances are you have more than one fish and sometimes telling them apart can even be a challenge. But naming them is fun regardless. Choose one of these fishy names or make one up yourself!

Frogs and Toads

Fuego and Mr. Sticky are some fun names on this list but they aren't the only ones you'll like.


Gerbils, also known as desert rats, are from dry climates. Names that reflect their native habitats may have desert, African, Asian, or Indian themes--or something completely off the wall like Bubbles!


If all else fails Stevie is a great name for a goat. Check out this list for other options though.

Guinea Pigs

Also known as cavies, guinea pigs make such cute noises that you may want to call them Squeakers. Names that reflect the color of these piggies are also popular like Brownie, Oreo, and Blondie.


Hamsters seem to be able to pull off just about any name in the book. Favorites are Alexander, Captain Hook, and Milky Way.


You may want to pick a prickly name for these quilled fellows! Check out these hedgehog name ideas!

Hermit Crabs

Shelly, Herman, Crabby, and other popular names are great options for these small pet crabs. Take a look at these hermit crab names.


With so many different kinds of pet lizards, these names might not suit your particular kind of reptile. Give it a look and maybe you'll find one you like.


Pick a tiny name or perhaps a kind of cheese. There are so many cute mouse names on this list!

Potbellied Pigs

Potbellied pigs often have ironic names like Kevin Bacon, Hammy, and Porkchop. Take a look at some name ideas for pot-bellied pigs.


Rabbits have personalities all their own so you may need a little time to choose the right name for your pet rabbit.


Dexter and Harold are some of my favorites on this list. 

Salamanders and Newts

You may not handle them often but they still need a name!


Scorpions simply demand a respectable name. Take a look at some options for naming your scorpion.


Names that mimic the hissing noise are popular with sssssnake lovers.

Sugar Gliders

Favorite foods of gliders often inspire great names as does the natural habitat of the sugar glider.

Pet Tarantula Names

Rosie, Spidey, Webber--all good options. Check out this list for even more.

Turtles and Tortoises

Ironic names like Speedy are popular with pet turtles.

Wolfdogs and Wolves

You'll have a howling good time trying to pick a name for your wolf or wolfdog.

Alphabetical List of All Exotic Pet Names

The BIG list.

Names for Pairs of Pets

Do you have more than one pet? Consider a pair of names that go well together.

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