If you could have a pet (or have one already), you likely considered the usual suspects.
Dogs or cats are always the pets of choice. If you’re feeling a little different, you may just get a hamster or a bird. Or even a snake.
But in today’s world, people are looking to get unusual or rare pets as their companions. In fact, private pet ownership has grown significantly. These pet owners are looking for furry friends that are more out of the ordinary.
Want to learn about all the options when it comes to rare pets? Keep reading to find out!
1. Bearded Dragon
If you are looking for a low-maintenance pet for kids, the bearded dragon is a great option.
They are calm, easy to care for, and gentle with kids. They are similar to iguanas and have become popular house pets recently.
2. Fennec Fox
If you check out a picture of the fennec fox, you will know that it is one of the cutest little pets. This fox looks more like a chihuahua dog than a fox, as it is tiny in size.
They have big ears and cute, expressive eyes, making them a very soulful pet to have around. However, as they belong to the fox family, they are challenging to socialize.
They can bite and be unfriendly if they are unfamiliar with you, so they are better off being house-trained than taken to the park!
Axolotls belong to the salamander family and hail from Mexico.
They need to be kept in a tank as they are considered aquatic and are pretty easy to care for. They require fresh water for survival and are frozen bloodworms, shrimp, or beef.
They are thus low maintenance and a beginner ideal pet. You could also explore different axolotls if you consider this pet. For example, golden axolotls are a tremendous variation.
4. Serval Cat
Serval cats are technically considered ‘wild’ animals, and they are wilder than domestic cats but can be affectionate. They are also not aggressive, which makes them easier to keep at home.
Owning a cat of this kind will require training and a lot of patience. This is because they have tremendous survival skills which are not needed when they aren’t in the wild. But it can lead to jumpiness and other actionable behavior when domesticated.
However, they are legal to own in 39 states. You may need a license to keep serval cats as pets too.
Did you know that the capybara is one of the most giant rodents in the world! However, it looks more like a dog-horse hybrid than a rodent because of its size.
Remember that they need their natural habitat when it comes to private ownership of a capybara. They are semi-aquatic, so this includes access to water to swim in.
They are also social animals and do better in groups rather than alone.
Wallabies hail from Australia and are often called kangaroos.
This creature is also an animal that prefers the wild rather than being domesticated. They also require a lot of outdoor space and a license of ownership.
If you have a farm or lots of grounds, this pet could be the right option for you! City dwellers will struggle with this pet in the urban setting.
7. Sugar Glider
Another Australian native, this pet is adorable.
It will get in the palm of your hand and is characterized by a stripe that stretches across its body.
They are easy to take care of but thrive in pairs or more, as they love socializing.
Scared of spiders? Then this one definitely isn’t for you!
But the benefit of owning a tarantula as a rare pet is that it is poor maintenance. All you need to do is clean its tank regularly and feed it.
They also don’t require much socialization.
9. Hyacinth Macaws
Love birds but don’t want a regular old bird that everyone has? Hyacinth macaws may be the right pet for you then!
This beautiful creature is a vivid shade of blue-ish green and makes for a striking effect.
This pet is also interesting because it is brilliant and can talk back to you. Macaws also live for up to 60 years!
However, while macaws are legal to own in the U.S., they are considered endangered. Thus, it might be challenging to get ahold of one or move it around within the U.S.
10. Pygmy Goat
Think of the pygmy goat as a miniature goat. It is around the size of a small dog and is just as cute!
The pygmy goat has risen in popularity in recent years as it is easy to care for. It needs to be looked after like a goat does, which means regular feeding and roaming.
However, these animals are amiable and love socializing with humans and other animals. If you have kids, this pet is perfect for introducing them to the world of animals!
Which Rare Pets Do You Want?
Let’s be honest, when it comes to rare pets, the options are endless.
Keeping exotic pets continues to rise in popularity as people seek new and innovative pet options. These animals just present a ‘wow factor’ and present exciting ways of caring for and looking after them.
Knowing that the pet is rare and one of a kind also increases the perception of value!
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