The top 10 exotic pets you can buy today 0 196

What are your top 10 exotic pets? Here's our list...
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If you’re looking for a new friend for your home who is a little different from the norm, purchasing an exotic pet is an excellent idea. Here are our top ten exotic pets you can buy today:

1. Bearded Dragon Lizard

These gentle beasts make fantastic pets. They are fairly low maintenance, can be kept in aquariums and they love to be played with.

2. Hedgehog

Although you might be used to seeing them in your back garden, hedgehogs are wonderfully cute and adorably shy creatures you can turn into your new best friend.

3. Southern Tamandua

You might already know that this is the less common name for ant-eaters, but did you know they are also kept in homes as an exotic pet?

4. Chanterelle Fennec Fox

This small species of fox could be the next addition to your household. They are fun-loving and full of excited energy, so be prepared to get worn out!

5. Green Iguana

If you’re looking for a chilled out buddy, this is the guy for you. With their mysterious, large eyes and slow, meditative nature, you’ll feel like you’re hanging with Yoda.

6. Hermit Crab

These fascinating creatures are actually nothing like shy teenagers. They make great first pets for young ones, as long as you’re conscientious about keeping their aquarium maintained.

7. Capybara

You might have your hands full with one of these chew-loving creatures, but they’re also a lot of fun. They are sociable and love water, so if you’ve got a lake and a lot of space, this might be the pet for you.

8. Llama

llamas often have a soft nature, are clean and super friendly. Make sure you’ve got a nice big field to keep them in.

9. Silver Fox

Originally from Siberia, this glossy-coated fox is a noble creature and will set you back a fair sum.

10. Turtle

The humble turtle. Great for kids and adults alike! They are relatively easy to maintain and absolutely adorable!

Those are our current top 10 exotic pets – but what do you think? Let us know in the comments, then check out our top 5 exotic pets for small homes

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5 must-know tips for keeping llamas and alpacas 0 54

Llamas and alpacas are unusual pets, but they are becoming more popular with homeowners who have adequate land and time to care for them. These gentle giants are obviously adorable, but they do require a lot of hard work and know-how. Below we share 5 pieces of pet care advice for keeping llamas and alpacas.

1. Outdoor space

Llamas and alpacas need outdoor space that is safe and fenced off. They need enough space to roam and the rule of thumb here is that for every four llamas, you should have an acre of land. Your choice of land is also important as they need to be able to graze. Therefore, if you live in an urban area, keeping llamas and alpacas really isn’t an option unless you have access to somewhere out of town.

2. The importance of specialist vet care

You need to have good links with your vet and they need to be knowledgeable in caring for these type of animals. It’s also important to know that they need regular monthly check-ups as they are prone to parasites. There is obviously a big cost implication to keeping llamas and alpacas, so you should be sure that you have adequate finances to care for them.

3. Stress relief

These animals make great pets as they are fantastic for helping to treat stress. Many individuals choose to keep llamas because they make wonderful therapy pets, especially for children with special needs and individuals with dementia. What’s important to know is that you do need more than one to cater for their own well-being.

4. Diet, fluids and vitamins

Llamas and alpacas forage for food and you need to allow them to do this on your property. You do need to watch their weight as they will eat pretty much anything. Ideally, their foods should consist of 10 to 12 percent protein, so it makes sense to test your grass hay. These animals also need additional minerals, which are easily bought and placed info feeders. Fresh water is also vital to help in the prevention of fungal and bacterial infections.

5. Shelter

These animals do need adequate outdoor shelter to keep them warm and dry. A three-sided shelter should suffice as long as it is deep enough. Alpacas and llamas are conditioned for cold weather, but they will need somewhere to keep them dry and out of the harsh sun.

Photo: Alpaca by TrotterFechan licensed under Creative commons 2

5 exotic pets you hadn’t considered owning 0 131


When we think about owning an unusual pet, we often think about snakes and lizards. They make great pets but there are so many unusual pets out there to choose from, so here’s five you might not have considered:


Octopuses are incredibly beautiful creatures and it is possible to keep them in a home aquarium. You’ll need a pretty large aquarium so consider dwarf or pygmy options as well. They need live food like shrimp and crab which can be expensive to buy, but on the plus side, you’ll spend hours watching them shape-shift and move around the aquarium. Be aware even with the best pet care, they only tend to live about 12 months.


A funny looking creature; a bit like a newt, and a bit like a Pokemon! With the right pet care, they’re really easy to keep as pets. They need a fairly dark aquarium, of at least 45 litres capacity, although you can put in low lighting if you want to watch them. Feed them bloodworm and brine shrimp, which you can buy frozen at pet food stores.

Painted turtle

One of the most popular unusual pets, these turtles live for up to 50 years! To keep this turtle well and happy you’re going to need a large tank with at least 100 gallons of water plus space for the turtle to bask out on land, which it can spend a lot of time doing. You can buy pellets for turtles to eat but also make sure they get their leafy greens and vegetables too!

Emperor scorpion

A fairly large and scary looking creature, the emperor scorpion lives for up to eight years. Scorpions are best observed, rather than handled due to their sting. Keep them alone as they tend to fight, and prefer their own company. Their preferred food is black and brown crickets, with mealworms as a treat!

African pygmy dormice

Looking a bit like a miniature squirrel this dormouse has a bushy tail as long as it’s body. Make sure you get two, preferably of the same sex! These mice need a secure home, as they try to escape often. They need a varied diet so feed them seeds, fruit and vegetables and protein such as mealworms and crickets.

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