By Skylar Doege
If you are thinking about getting a pet, but you want something more unique, there are a few unusual pets you can own. While cats, dogs, and hamsters are cute, exotic pets can bring a lot of joy and companionship to you.
1. Fennec Fox
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The Fennec fox is a cute, exotic desert animal that tends to be small and very smart. Critter camp.com indicates they have a soft, thick, short coat that is off white on the underside and reddish or tawny on the back, with some black markings on their back and tail. They are known for their enormous ears. They are usually smaller than your average size cat. You can even house train your Fennec fox to use a litter box. The Fennec fox is very playful, requires a lot of exercise, and when fully grown, they will be about the weight and size of a Chihuahua.
2. Sugar Glider
Sugar gliders are a small flying, phalanger that are very vocal, with a bark similar to a dog, and are playful. They can live up to 15 years if owned as a pet. They would need fresh fruit daily and a reasonably larger cage for their home. Exoticpets.about.com suggests that it is better to have a pair of sugar gliders then trying to raise them alone because they are such social butterflies. Sugar gliders are very social and need lots of companionship. This makes them bond well with their owners.
These spiky little cuties are from Europe, Asia, and Africa, and have a lifespan of 3-8 years. They can weigh up to 1.5 pounds, and their spines can be up to an inch in length. Their adorability factor makes them popular as exotic pets, but they do require a lot of care. They are incredibly quiet, curious and super active at night. Hedgehogs have poor eyesight, and as a result they rely heavily on smell and hearing. They are very active and are known to love to cuddle up!
4. Squirrel Monkey
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These cutie, fluffy creatures live up to 15-20 years and are from South America. They will eat anything they see so says Petmonekeyinfo.com. They should be feed a combination of Monkey Chow, fruits and veggies. You can potty train your Squirrel Monkey, but it takes a lot of time and patience. If you want this exotic animal for a pet, you would have to spend a lot of time with them because they need lots of training, exercise, and love. They are very playful and energetic.
5. Bearded Dragon
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The Bearded Dragon is a medium-sized lizard which is generally 12-24 inches in length from their head to the tip of their tail. There are many different bearded dragon colors, which sometimes can help tell you what environment they came from. Bearded dragons will only grow to the maximum size that their environment allows. This means if you put a young bearded dragon, who hasn’t finished growing, in a cage/tank too small, then they will not be able to grow to their full size. Their lifespan is about 5-14 years. Bearded dragons got their name because the spike and scales they have around their head resembles a beard. They use this as a defense mechanism and will expand their throat it they ever feel threaten. You may not be able to cuddle up with this interesting and exotic creature, but it is a cool and fun pet to have.
So, if you are looking are exotic and fun pets, instead of your usual house hold animals, you can get an energetic Squirrel Monkey or Bearded Dragon. Make sure you research everything to know about your exotic animal. They may need more care and be more of a responsibility than your average cat or dog.