The definition of "exotic pet" is a loose one. Originally, it referred to species that were considered wild animals and not typically kept as a pet. Today, though, rodents, rabbits, amphibians, birds, reptiles and other animals are established pets, even eligible for pet insurance but they are still considered to be exotic pets. In addition, each state has their own definition of what is considered an exotic pet.
The following is an index to species that are usually considered to be exotic pets with information and more resources found on each linked page.
Ferrets are smart, curious and social animals. They need training and plenty of interaction with people to bond properly but make great companions for adults and children alike.
Rabbits are social animals that have a ton of personality. They require social interaction, lots of exercise, and activities to keep them engaged. They aren't a caged pet, despite popular belief. They get bored easily and will chew your belongings if they are not provided with appropriate toys and a bunny-proofed area to play.
There are a lot of animals that are considered rodents, with some of the most popular being hamsters and guinea pigs. Each kind of rodent is a different kind of pet with different care needs and personalities.
- Guinea Pigs
- African Dormice
- Flying Squirrels
- Prairie Dogs
- Patagonian Cavies
Reptiles and Amphibians
- Anoles (Green)
- Bearded Dragons
- Blue-Tongued Skinks
- Chinese Water Dragons
- Iguanas (Green)
- Frill Necked Lizards
- Salamanders and Newts
Insects and Millipedes
Scorpions are docile but they are not cuddly, don't like to be handled, and they sting! If you're seeking a pet that will interact with you, look for something other than a scorpion.
Keeping a tarantula is a big responsibility as they have a life span of three to ten years. But they are also easy to care for, need little attention, and you only have to feed them once or twice per week.
Other Exotic Pets
There are of course other kinds of animals that are kept as pets and can be considered exotic pets that are not on this list. Regardless of which kind of animal you decide to keep as an exotic pet, do your research prior to acquiring one so that you can care for it properly.