Exotic Pet Names That Start With 'R'

illustration of pet names that start with "R"

Grace Kim / The Spruce

An exotic pet is generally considered to be anything that is not a cat, dog, or domesticated farm animal, though the definition can vary. If you've just brought a new exotic pet into your life—whether it be a snake, turtle, hamster, or parrot—you're probably looking for the perfect name. Many people select a name based on their animal's appearance, such as Rusty for a reddish-brown pet rabbit. Others choose a name that relates to the animal's overall species, such as Ribbit for a pet frog. And still others simply prefer a name that starts with a particular letter of the alphabet. Here are some excellent exotic pet naming options that begin with the letter R.

Top Exotic Pet Names

  • Ralph
  • Raphael
  • Rascal
  • Rebel
  • Rex
  • Ribbit
  • Riley
  • Rio
  • River
  • Rizzo
  • Rocky
  • Rogue
  • Roo
  • Ruby
  • Rey

Tips for Naming Your Exotic Pet

Some exotic pets, such as certain small rodents and fish, only have an average lifespan of a few years in captivity. But others, including tortoises and large parrots, can live for 50 years or longer when given the proper care. Not every type of exotic pet will actually end up learning and responding to its name. But changing a pet’s name partway through its life can still be a hassle, especially if you’ve used it on vet records and other information. So you should aim to pick a name that you will be happy with for your pet’s entire lifespan. 

Stay away from a trendy name if you think you’ll get sick of it after a few years. And be mindful about selecting a name that you will be content to share with family members and friends. Also, consider how a name will sound when it’s called in the waiting room of your veterinarian’s office. If there’s a chance a particular name could embarrass you, it’s probably not ideal to select that name for your pet. 

Take your time when deciding on the perfect name. That will allow your animal to settle in and show its true personality. Then, in addition to naming options based on the animal’s appearance and species traits, you can select from names that describe its demeanor. For instance, perhaps the name Ruckus would suit a particularly chatty parrot. 

R Exotic Pet Names

  • R2D2
  • Rachel
  • Radar
  • Rafiki
  • Raider
  • Rain
  • Rainbow
  • Raisin
  • Raja
  • Ralph
  • Rambler
  • Rambo
  • Ramses
  • Random
  • Randy
  • Ranger
  • Raphael
  • Rascal
  • Rat
  • Ratso
  • Ratty
  • Raven
  • Ray
  • Raz
  • Razzie
  • Razzle
  • Reba
  • Rebel
  • Red
  • Reese
  • Reeses
  • Reggie
  • Regina
  • Remi
  • Ren
  • Reno
  • Retro
  • Reuben
  • Rev
  • Rex
  • Rey
  • Rhino
  • Rhythm
  • Ribbit
  • Ribbon
  • Rice
  • Richard
  • Ricky
  • Rico
  • Rico Suave
  • Riddick
  • Riff Raff
  • Rigby
  • Rigsby
  • Rikki
  • Riley
  • Ringo
  • Rio
  • Ripple
  • Rita
  • River
  • Rizzo
  • Robert
  • Robin
  • Rocco
  • Rocket
  • Rocko
  • Rocky
  • Rodeo
  • Rodney
  • Roger
  • Rogue
  • Rolo
  • Roma
  • Romeo
  • Ron
  • Ronin
  • Roo
  • Roosevelt
  • Rootbeer
  • Rory
  • Rosa
  • Roscoe
  • Rose
  • Ross
  • Rowdy
  • Roxanne
  • Roxie
  • Ruby
  • Ruckus
  • Rudolph
  • Rufus
  • Rugrat
  • Runt
  • Rupert
  • Russell
  • Rusty
  • Ruth
  • Ryan
  • Ryder

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