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Exotic Pets: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
Pot Bellied Pigs as Pets: Here's What You Can...
A discussion of what to expect if you choos a pot bellied pig as a pet.
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.
10 Animals You Should Never Keep as a Pet
A list of the top 10 animals that make bad pets.
Over 100 Names for Your Pet Fish
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for fish.
Mr. Frodo, Myrtle the Turtle: Popular Names for...
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.
What's It Like to Have a Pet Raccoon?
A look at the characteristics of raccoons and whether they make good pets
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.
5 Exotic Pets You Can Give to Your Kid
Take a look at my recommendations for the best exotic pets for kids.
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.
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.
Unsure What to Name Your Guinea Pig? Here's a...
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for guinea pigs.
What's the Best Name for a Pet Snake?
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for snakes.
What Should I Name My Pet Pig?
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for pigs.
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.
Interested in Reptiles? Here Are Some Good...
Information for inexperienced owners looking for their first reptile, including four good reptiles for beginners
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.
Fish Names
Are you looking for a fish name for your pet fish? Check out this list of user-submitted fish names.
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.
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.
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.
6 Reasons Why a Pet Monkey Might Not Be Right...
A look at the reasons monkeys can be very challenging and difficult pets.
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.
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.
Fennec Foxes
Basic information on fennec foxes and keeping them as pets
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.
Your Quick Introduction to Pet Lovebirds
Infomation about keeping lovebirds as pets, including basic characteristics and care of pet lovebirds.
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 Choose and Take Care of a Tarantula
What you need to know before getting a tarantula, and choosing a pet tarantula
What You Should Know About Keeping Pet Chameleons
A look at chameleons, their characteristics and what kind of pets they make.
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. Capuchins are loved by their owners but do not typically make good pets. Learn more about Capuchins here.
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.
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.
Do Fennec Foxes Make Good Pets?
A look at what an owner can expect from a pet fennec fox.
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
My Hermit Crab Isn't Moving; Is He Dead or...
How to tell the difference between a molting hermit crab dead hermit crab
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.
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.
Everything You Need to Know About Chinchillas
Profile of chinchillas as pets, basic information about chinchillas and basic care information
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.
Your Guide to Keeping Leopard Geckos as Pets
Introduction to leopard geckos and their care as pets.
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.
What's it Like to Own a Bearded Dragon?
An introduction to keeping bearded dragons as pets.
All About Pet Veiled Chameleons
Information about veiled chameleons and their care in captivity.
New to Ferrets? Here's Everything You Need to...
Infoarmtion about keeping ferrets as pets from basic care such as feeding and housing, to health issues every ferret owner shoud know about. Page 2.
Pet Monkey
Learn about different monkeys that are kept as pets.
How to Care for Red-Eared Slider Turtles
Red-eared sliders are 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, and a basic guide to their care.
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.
Pet Sloths
Learn the basics on caring for pet sloths.
Proper Feeding Rates for a Red-Eared Slider
How much and mow often to feed red eared sliders and other aquatic turtles
What Should I Name My Pet Bird?
Browse through a list of reader-submitted names for pet birds.
Cute Names for Your Pet Goat!
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for goats.
What Are Budgerigars and Why Do They Make Great...
Introduction to keeping pet budgies along with a quick summary of their care (cages, feeding).
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.
What Should I Name My Hedgehog?
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for hedgehogs.
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.
Simple Tips for Finding a Lost Hamster
Tips on finding and recapturing a lost hamster.
Choosing a Balanced Diet for Your Hermit Crab
What to feed hermit crabs as part of a balanced diet.
A Beginner's Guide to Keeping Axolotls as Pets
An introduction to the unusual and exotic axolotl, including basic housing and care information.
How to Keep Your Canary Happy and Healthy
An introduction to the pet canary and basic information on the care of pet canaries.
Explore Quick Facts About a Popular Exotic Pet
Basic facts about sugar gliders, incluing expected life span for pet sugar gliders.
How to Keep Your Pig Healthy With Proper...
Information on the proper diet for pet pot bellied pigs
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.
Thinking About a Pet Gecko? What You Should...
Information about the care of crested geckos.
How to Keep Emperor Scorpions as Pets
Introduction to scorpions as pets, with an emphasis on the care of the large emperor scorpion.
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.
Need a Name for Your Hermit Crab? Here’s...
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for hermit crabs and fiddler crabs.
Your Quick Guide to Keeping Degus as Pets
About degus as pets, including basic care information.
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.
Need a Name for Your New Exotic Pet? Check Out...
Alphabetical list of all the exotic pet names submitted by our readers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
A Whole Bunch of Possible Names for Your Pet...
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for ferrets, from A to M.
Pet Goats? Why Goats Are Moving From the...
Some things to consider if you are thinking about getting a pet goat.
New Zealand Kunekune Breeders
A list of New Zealand Kunekune breeders.
Want a Pet Lizard? Consider the Chinese Water...
Information and facts about water dragons and basic care information.
Give Your Bunny a Pedicure: A Guide to Rabbit...
How to trim the nails of your rabbit.
Pet Tigers
Keeping tigers as pets and why it isn't a good idea.
Need a Name for Your Pet Rat? Here Are...
Browse through a list of reader-submitted names for pet rats.
Do Green Tree Frogs Make Good Pets? What You...
An introduction to American green tree frogs as pets and their care in captivity.
Bailona, Bazoo and Other Great B-Names for Your...
Browse pet names submitted to the site beginning with the letter B.
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.
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 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.
How Do I Determine if My Hamster is Male or...
How to tell the difference between male and female hamsters.
Want a Pet Praying Mantis? Learn More About...
All about keeping mantids as pets inclduing housing and feeding of pet praying mantids.
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.
Turtle Tips: How to Feed Your Red-Eared Slider
How to go about feeding your red eared slider or other aquatic turtle.
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
Myxomatosis in Pet Rabbits
A brief look at this disease. The different strains of the virus vary in their virulence, as does the susceptibility of different rabbit species.
What Should I Feed my Box Turtles?
Appropriate foods for the captive diet of pet box turtles
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.
My Hamster Bites! What Can I Do?
How to deal with a biting hamster.
Thinking About a Pet Lizard? Learn About the...
Care requirements for a pet savannah monitor.
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.
Why You Should Put Your Macaw in Your Will: A...
Some estimated expected life spans for some commonly found parrots and other pet birds.
Interesting Facts About Raising Hedgehogs
A quick guide to hedgehogs as pets, and basic care information.
Is a Hamster the Right Pet for You?
What you need to know about pet hamsters before choosing one as a pet.
The Basic Diet Your Pet Rabbit Needs
A guide to properly feeding pet rabbits, who need ample roughage and fresh vegetables in their diets.
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.
Surprise Hamster Babies: How to Handle a New...
What you should do if your hamster unexpectedly has a litter of babies (pups).
You Can’t Have a Pet Tiger, So Think...
Introduction to keeping tiger salamanders as pets and information on caring for them in both the larval and adult form.
Thinking About a Pet Lizard? Learn the Basics...
Green Anoles, also called American chameleons, can be kept as pets. A brief introduction on caring for the reptiles, e.g., setting up tank & feeding.
What to Know About Keeping Your Turtle in an...
Information and tips about keeping aquatic turtles such as red eared sliders in outdoor ponds
Why You Have to Brush Your Bunny
Information on routine grooming of pet rabbits, and whether rabbits need baths.
What to Feed Your Pet Mouse
Introduction to keeping fancy mice as pets, incluinding tips on choosing a pet mouse.
How Rabbits Stomp, Grind Their Teeth and...
A quick guide to some of the things rabbits do to communicate and what they likely mean.
Figuring Out What to Feed Your Sugar Glider
A look at various diet recommendations for sugar gliders and links to resources for further information.
Exotic Pet Names - T
Browse pet names submitted to the site beginning with the letter T.
Common Diseases and Health Problems in Hamsters
A quick guide to common health problems seen in pet hamsters.
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.
You Can’t Have a Pet Leopard, So Think...
Profile of leopard tortoises and their care as pets.
Learn About the Floppy Cuteness of the...
A profile of Lop-Eared Rabbits.
How to Feed Your Ferret
A guide to feeding your ferret with advice on reading labels and some recommended diets.
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.
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.
A Gallery of Cute Guinea Pig Breeds
Description and picture of a silkie guinea pig
Raising Frogs from Tadpoles Is a Fascinating...
A general guide to the rearing of tadpoles, both wild harvested eggs and captive bred.
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.
Exotic Pet Names - R
Browse pet names submitted to the site beginning with the letter R.
Want a Pet Siberian Fox? Check Out the Pet...
The Institute of Cytology and Genetics has developed these tame pet foxes through long-term selection and breeding for behavior.
Want a Real-Life Pacman Frog? Consider the...
An introduction to pacman frogs (also known as ornate horned frogs, Argentinian horned frogs and bell horned frogs) and basic housing and feeding of these large frogs.
How to Keep Your Hermit Crab Happy: A Guide to...
Information on maintaining the proper temperature and humidity when setting up a tank for land hermit crabs. Page 2.
Box Turtles as Pets
An introduction to keeping box turtles as pets.
Thinking About a Pet Lizard? Consider the...
Keeping blue tongued skinks as pets - information and a guide to their care.
“A” Names for Your Aardvark or...
Browse pet names submitted to the site starting with the letter A.
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.
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.
Stumped for a Toad Name? Here Are Some Popular...
List of names for pet frogs and toads submitted by readers.
The Best Toys to Keep Your Rabbit Entertained...
Some ideas for inexpensive and creative toys for your pet rabbit.
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?
Care of Pet House Geckos
Information about the care of house geckos.
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.
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 Choose the Right Food For Your Hamster
Advice on proper feeding of pet hamsters.
Painted Turtles
Learn how to properly care for pet painted turtles.
How Can I Train My Rabbit Not to Chew...
Chewing is a very natural behavior to rabbits, and to protect your rabbit and your belongings, you need to train your rabbit what it is allowed to chew.
Constricting Snakes
What you need to know about keeping large constricting snakes (boas and pythons) as pets.
Can Bearded Dragons Live Together?
Keeping bearded dragons together is commonly mentioned but does not always work out.
Why is My Tarantula Laying on its Back? Is it...
There are a few common signs that a tarantula is about to molt. The most dramatic is that the tarantula will flip over onto its back, but there are a couple of other, more subtle, signs that may precede a molt.
Can Skunks Really Make Good Pets? You Might Be...
An introduction to the characteristics of skunks as pets and what to expect from a pet skunk.
Eastern Box Turtle
Description and brief care guide to eastern box turtles
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