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Do Sugar Gliders Make Good Pets?
What you need to know if you are considering a sugar glider as a pet, including basic care information and links.
What's It Like to Have a Pet Raccoon?
A look at the characteristics of raccoons and whether or not they make good pets.
10 Animals You Should Never Keep as a Pet
A list of the top 10 animals that make bad pets.
What Should I Name My Pet Pig?
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for pigs.
What's the Best Name for a Pet Snake?
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for snakes.
Here's a Giant List of Great Names for Pet...
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for lizards.
What Should I Name My Exotic Pet?
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for pairs of pets.
Cute Names for Your Pet Goat!
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for goats.
Do Sloths Make Good Pets?
Learn the basics on caring for pet sloths.
What Should You Name Your Turtle or Tortoise?
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for turtles and tortoises.
Exotic Pet Names
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for hamsters.
New to Pet Snakes? Figure Out What Type is...
Thinking about a pet snake? Learn about what you should consider before deciding on a snake as a pet, good snakes for beginners, and some basic care requirements of pet snakes.
Want an Exotic Pet? Check Out These State Laws...
Not sure if it is legal to own the type of exotic pet you have or are looking to get in the state you live in? Find out the exotic pet laws in your state here.
Pot Bellied Pigs as Pets
Find out what to expect from a pet pot bellied pig.
Over 100 Names for Your Pet Fish
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for fish.
What You Didn't Know About Capuchin Monkeys
Pet monkeys are controversial pets across the country. The Capuchin monkey is known for its tiny size and baby face but do they make good pets?
6 Reasons Why a Pet Monkey Might Not Be Right...
A look at the reasons monkeys can be very challenging and difficult pets.
Never Heard of a Kinkajou? Learn More About...
A look at keeping kinkajous as pets, and a look at their basic care and needs.
A Beginner's Guide to Keeping Ball Pythons as...
Basic information on ball pythons, including choosing a pet ball python, providing a proper cage, and feeding ball pythons.
Everything You Need to Know About Chinchillas
Profile of chinchillas as pets, basic information about chinchillas and basic care information
Exotic Pet Names - Z
Browse pet names submitted to the site starting with the letter Z.
Buying a Hamster? Here's What You Need to Know
A guide to help you choose a hamster, care for a hamster, and handle a hamster.
Bailona, Bazoo and Other Great B-Names for Your...
Browse pet names submitted to the site beginning with the letter B.
How to Choose and Take Care of a Tarantula
What you need to know before getting a tarantula, and choosing a pet tarantula
What Should I Name My Hedgehog?
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for hedgehogs.
Why Glass Surfing is Not Cool for Bearded Dragons
Find out what glass surfing is and why your bearded dragon is doing it.
How to Set Up a Tank for Your Pet Fiddler Crabs
Information on fiddler crabs and how to keep them as pets, including setting up a tank appropriate for fiddler crabs.
Explore Quick Facts About a Popular Exotic Pet
Basic facts about sugar gliders, incluing expected life span for pet sugar gliders.
How to Choose and Care for a Pet Lizard
About keeping lizards as pets, including choosing the right lizard and some basic but important care concepts.
Do Fennec Foxes Make Good Pets?
A look at what an owner can expect from a pet fennec fox.
Considering a Pet Turtle? 6 Things to Know...
Considering a pet red eared slider? There are a few things you should know about aquatic turtles before deciding if a red eared slider is the right pet for you.
What You Need to Know Before Purchasing an Iguana
What to expect from a pet iguana and links to some of the best iguana care information available online
How to Feed a Red Eared Slider Turtle for...
Answer in response to a question I am asked frequently about feeding red eared sliders, especially young turtles.
A Whole Bunch of Possible Names for Your Pet...
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for ferrets, from A to M.
Need a Name for Your Pet Rat? Here Are...
Browse through a list of reader-submitted names for pet rats.
Exotic Pet Names - T
Browse pet names submitted to the site beginning with the letter T.
What to Consider Before Getting a Pet Corn Snake
Here is a guide to choosing a corn snake as a pet with information about this animal and how to care for pet corn snakes.
All About Pet Veiled Chameleons
Information about veiled chameleons and their care in captivity.
Everything You Need to Know About Pet Guinea Pigs
Facts about guinea pigs, what to consider when choosing one, links to tips about caring for one.
“A” Names for Your Aardvark or...
Browse pet names submitted to the site starting with the letter A.
Do Domesticated Foxes Make Good Pets?
Are you interested in getting a pet fox? Can a fox be kept as a pet? Find out here!
How to Care for Pet Red Eared Slider Turtles
The red eared slider is one of the most common types of turtles found in the pet trade but many owners are surprised by the amount of care they need. Here's what you should know about red eared sliders before getting one along with a basic guide to their care.
Tips to Make Cleaning Your Rabbit Cage an Easy...
Cleaning cages is not a fun chore for any pet, but making cleaning as easy as possible and sticking to a schedule will make cage cleaning less of a chore and simply part of your routine.
Everything You Should Know About Owning a Pet...
An introduction to tortoises as pets, including things to consider before committing to a pet tortoise, and links to species information.
Interesting Facts About Raising Hedgehogs
A quick guide to hedgehogs as pets, and basic care information.
How to Make Sure a Guinea Pig is the Right Pet...
Guinea pigs can make lovely pets, but there are a few things you should know before getting a guinea pig
Proper Feeding Rates for a Red-Eared Slider
How much and mow often to feed red eared sliders and other aquatic turtles
What You Should Know About Keeping Pet Chameleons
A look at chameleons, their characteristics and what kind of pets they make.
Exotic Pet Names - M
Browse pet names submitted to the site beginning with the letter M.
Need a Name for Your Mouse? Here Are Some Cool...
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for pet mice.
How to Keep Your Pig Healthy With Proper...
Information on diets for pet pot bellied pigs
Pet Tigers
Keeping tigers as pets and why it isn't a good idea.
Your Quick Guide to Keeping Degus as Pets
About degus as pets, including basic care information.
Thinking of Getting a Pet Wolfdog? Here's What...
What you need to know about keeping wolfdogs as pets, including what you should consider before deciding on a wolfdog as a companion.
Should a Monkey Be Kept as a Pet?
Learn about different monkeys that are kept as pets.
Interested in Reptiles? Here Are Some Good...
Information for inexperienced owners looking for their first reptile, including four good reptiles for beginners
Everything You Need to Know about Keeping...
Information on keeping aquatic turtles as pets, including what to expect from a turtle and the level of care and commitment required to keep turtles as pets.
Exotic Pet Names - G
Browse pet names submitted to the site beginning with the letter G.
How to Choose the Right Pet Frog
Keeping frogs as pets - pros and cons, what to consider before choosing a frog, good frog species for beginners, and links to care sheets.
A Beginner's Guide to Keeping Axolotls as Pets
An introduction to the unusual and exotic axolotl, including basic housing and care information.
What Should You Name Your Guinea Pig?
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for guinea pigs.
How to Set Up a Home for Your Sugar Glider
Information on the ideal cage size and type for sugar gliders, as well as accessories to make the cage a good home for gliders.
Easy Ways to Tell if Your Snake is a Male or...
It is not easy to tell the difference between male and female snakes and it is something you should get an experienced keeper or vet to show you.
8 Things You Should Know About Caring for a Pet...
A guide to pet rabbits, including making the decision if a pet rabbit is right for you, choosing a healthy rabbit, and the proper care of a pet rabbit.
Need a Name for Your New Exotic Pet? Check Out...
Alphabetical list of all the exotic pet names submitted by our readers.
What is Your Guinea Pig Trying to Tell You?
An introduction to guinea pig behavior, including common vocalizations and other things guinea pigs do to communicate, to help with understanding guinea pig behavior.
Do Ferrets Make Good Pets? 10 Factors That...
Reasons that ferrets can make excellent pets.
What Kind of Tank and Supplies Will You Need...
Red eared sliders are not difficult to care for, but it is important to choose a tank that is big enough, and provide sufficient water, a basking area, water filtration, and appropriate heat and light in order to keep your turtle happy and healthy.
Your Quickie Guide to Tame Siberian Pet Foxes
After over 50 years of selective breeding, the tame siberian pet fox is gaining in popularity for its looks and personality. Read more about these newly domesticated foxes.
Need a Name for Your Hermit Crab? Here’s...
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for hermit crabs and fiddler crabs.
Do Lions, Tigers and Other Big Cats Make Good...
A look at the ready availability of big (non domestic) cats in the pet trade and the problems that can result when the reality of caring for a pet tiger or other large wild cat sets in.
The Facts You Need to Know About Keeping a Rat...
What you need to know about deciding on a rat as a pet - life span, size, and characteristics.
What Types of Snakes Make the Most Popular Pets?
There are many different snake species people keep as pets. Take a look at a list of some of the more common ones.
What to Know About Keeping Your Turtle in an...
Information and tips about keeping aquatic turtles such as red eared sliders in outdoor ponds
Do Prairie Dogs Make Good Pets?
The pet prairie dog is a large affectionate rodent if handled as a baby. It requires a long-term commitment and much attention from a devoted owner.
Which Small Rodent is the Right Pet for You?
A quick comparison of hamsters, gerbils, mice, rats, and guinea pigs, which are all common choices as family pets.
Why Dust=Clean For Your Pet Chinchilla
The importance of dust baths for chinchillas, and how to provide the dust bath.
New to Ferrets? Here's Everything You Need to...
Information about keeping ferrets as pets, including a care guide and some facts about ferrets.
Exotic Pet Names - P
Browse pet names submitted to the site beginning with the letter P.
Exotic Pet Names That Start with "C"
Browse pet names submitted to the site beginning with the letter C.
What's it Like to Own a Bearded Dragon?
An introduction to keeping bearded dragons as pets.
What Should You Name Your Fish?
Are you looking for a fish name for your pet fish? You've come to the right place!
Stumped for a Toad Name? Here Are Some Popular...
List of names for pet frogs and toads submitted by readers.
5 Exotic Pets That Are Great for Kids
Find out what exotic pets are good for kids.
My Hermit Crab Isn't Moving; Is He Dead or...
How to tell the difference between a molting hermit crab dead hermit crab
Exotic Pet Names - D
Browse pet names submitted to the site beginning with the letter D.
Fun Facts About the Fennec Fox
Here are a few interesting and true things about the cute and tiny fox known as the fennec fox.
Exotic Pets for Apartment Living
Sometimes exotic pets are a good choice for apartment living, assuming (of course) that pets are permitted where you live. As always, there is no one pet that will fit all situations, for it will depend on what you want from a pet and the type and amount of space you have.
How to Handle and Tame Your Pet Hamsters
Information and advice on taming and handling your pet hamster.
Have a Pet Turtle? Make Sure You Keep Its Water...
Let's face it, red eared sliders can be messy. Keeping their tanks clean and their water quality high can be a real challenge, but there are ways to make keeping the tank clean easier.
Everything You Need to Know About Pet King...
An introduction tot he closely related king and milk snakes, and how to choose a healthy snake.
Your Guide to Keeping Leopard Geckos as Pets
Introduction to leopard geckos and their care as pets.
My Hermit Crab Is Out of His Shell! What Should...
Sometimes a hermit crab will come out of its shell and not get back in. There are numerous reasons this can occur, and it can be tough problem to overcome because of the stress crabs are under when this happens.
Geckos - Tail Loss
Geckos can drop their tails as a defense to get away when something grabs their tail. What happens when a gecko drops its tail, and will the tail grow back?
How to Bond with Your New Pot-Bellied Pig
The steps involved in taming young pot bellied pigs including information on bonding with piglets and training a piglet to be picked up
What Should Pet Rats Eat?
Components of a good diet for pet rats includes food designed for rats as well as some fresh healthy food choices.
Exotic Pet Names - S
Browse pet names submitted to the site beginning with the letter S.
Just Got a Pet Rat? Learn These 3 Essential Rat...
Information on caring for pet rats including setting up a rat cage, and providing toys and exercise, and feeding.
Figuring Out What to Feed Your Sugar Glider
A look at various diet recommendations for sugar gliders and links to resources for further information.
How To House Train a Pot Bellied Pig
A simple how to on house training pot bellied pigs.
Why Isn’t Your Bearded Dragon Moving? He...
Bearded dragons sometimes go into brumation. Explore this interesting behavior of bearded dragons and learn more about brumation of Pogona Vitticeps.
How to Pet a Hedgehog Without Having a Prickly...
A reader wants to know if hedgehogs are spiky, whether hedgehogs can be held and cuddled.
Find the Perfect Name for Your Exotic Pet
Naming pets can be difficult. Thankfully there are hundreds of exotic pet name ideas here for you to choose from!
Going to Buy a Hamster? Get These Supplies...
A list of supplies and equipment needed for pet hamsters.
Pet Goats? Why Goats Are Moving From the...
Some things to consider if you are thinking about getting a pet goat.
Want an Exotic Pet? Make Sure It’s Legal...
A quick guide to finding out about the legal status of exotic pets where you live.
Pet Wallabies
Learn the basics of caring for pet wallabies.
Your A-to-Z Guide to Exotic Pets
Looking for information on a particular species? An index of all the types and species of exotic pets covered on About Exotic Pets.
Exotic Pet Names - E
Browse pet names submitted to the site beginning with the letter E.
Fennec Foxes
Basic information on fennec foxes and keeping them as pets
A Guide to Geckos as Pets (We Promise Not to...
A introduction to keeping geckos as pets, including links to more information on a variety of gecko species.
Pet Pot Bellied Pigs
Basic information on pet pot bellied pigs.
What Is Your Bearded Dragon Trying to Tell You?
Bearded dragons exhibit some interesting behaviors. Check out this list of some of the more commonly observed ones.
How to Tell if Your Red-Eared Slider Is Male or...
Determining if a red eared slider turtle is male or female: sexing red eared sliders.
Common Diseases and Health Problems in Hamsters
A quick guide to common health problems seen in pet hamsters.
Exotic Pet Names - K
Browse pet names submitted to the site beginning with the letter K.
What Substrate Should I Use for My Leopard Gecko?
Advice on choosing a substrate for leopard geckos.
How to Raise Crickets for Your Reptile's Food
The advantages of keeping and raising crickets as food for your pet, and information on gut loading them before feeding them to your pet.
What Should I Name My Pet Bird?
Browse through a list of reader-submitted names for pet birds.
African Side-Neck Turtles
Learn about basic care of African Side-Neck turtles.
How Do You Care for a Pet Chinese Water Dragon?
Learn what kind of care requirements pet Chinese water dragons have.
What Are Budgerigars and Why Do They Make Great...
Introduction to keeping pet budgies along with a quick summary of their care (cages, feeding).
Why You Should Put Your Macaw in Your Will: A...
Some estimated expected life spans for some commonly found parrots and other pet birds.
Can You Really Have an Owl as a Pet?
Learn about pet owls. Exotic Pets.
How to Keep Emperor Scorpions as Pets
Introduction to scorpions as pets, with an emphasis on the care of the large emperor scorpion.
How to Keep Your Canary Happy and Healthy
An introduction to pet canaries and basic information on their care.
Surprise Hamster Babies: How to Handle a New...
What you should do if your hamster unexpectedly has a litter of babies (pups).
Housing Your Tortoise Indoors? Think About a...
Tortoises do best if they can live in an outdoor pen, at least for part of the year. Tortoises that are kept indoors can become quite stressed and suffer health problems as a result. Building a custom indoor enclosure is the best way to house tortoises indoors if the outdoor option is not available.
6 Things Your Chinchilla Needs to Stay Happy
A good selection of toys and activities will help keep your pet chinchillas active, happy and healthy. Chinchillas also like exploring outside of their cages, but this requires careful chinchilla-proofing.
Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
A quick guide to caring for madagascar hissing cockroaches as pets
My Hamster Bites! What Can I Do?
How to deal with a biting hamster.
Exotic Pet Names - H
Browse pet names submitted to the site beginning with the letter H.
Can Bearded Dragons Live Together?
Keeping bearded dragons together is commonly mentioned but does not always work out.
Signs That Your Snake Is About to Shed
Snakes generally shed their skin several times a year, and young growing snakes shed even more frequently. You will likely be able to see some tell tale signs that your snake is about to shed.
Learn How to Care for a Pet Raccoon
Find out how to care for a pet raccoon.
These Common Household Items Make Great Toys...
Some common household items other things that make fun toys for pet rats.
What to Feed Your Pet Mouse
Introduction to keeping fancy mice as pets, incluinding tips on choosing a pet mouse.
Help! My Hermit Crab is Losing Legs -- What Can...
Why hermit crabs lose legs and what to do if this happens to your hermit crab.
Turtle Tips: How to Feed Your Red-Eared Slider
How to go about feeding your red eared slider or other aquatic turtle.
Exotic Pet Names - L
Browse pet names submitted to the site beginning with the letter L.
What You Should Know About the Crested Gecko
Information about the care of crested geckos.
Constricting Snakes
What you need to know about keeping large constricting snakes (boas and pythons) as pets.
Can Skunks Really Make Good Pets?
An introduction to the characteristics of skunks as pets and what to expect from a pet skunk.
The Best Sugar Glider Diet - The BML Diet
Find out how to make the best sugar glider diet out there - the BML diet!
Ferrets and Cats - Ferrets and Dogs - Ferrets...
A look at choosing a pet ferret when you have other pets in the home.
Coatimundi
Coatis, commonly incorrectly referred to as coatimundi, are an interesting exotic pet from the raccoon family. Read more about coatis here.
Rabbit Eye Problems
Rabbits have large eyes that tend to get hurt or have issues. Learn about the common eye problems in rabbits and how to keep those eyes safe.
Safe Wood Chew Toys for Chinchillas
A list of safe wood to give to your chinchilla for chewing, and toxic types of wood to avoid
Why Does the Water in My Turtle Tank Turn Green?
Turtle tanks, like aquariums, are prone to growing algae. While algae isn't particularly harmful to the turtle, the underlying causes excessive algae growth should be addressed, as it is often related to other water quality issues.
Give Your Bunny a Pedicure: A Guide to Rabbit...
How to trim the nails of your rabbit.

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