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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 Should You Name Your Turtle or Tortoise?
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for turtles and tortoises.
Pot Bellied Pigs as Pets
Find out what to expect from a pet pot bellied pig.
Exotic Pet Names
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for hamsters.
Over 100 Names for Your Pet Fish
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for fish.
How to Choose and Take Care of a Tarantula
What you need to know before getting a tarantula, and choosing a pet tarantula
Cute Names for Your Pet Goat!
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for goats.
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.
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.
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.
What Should I Name My Hedgehog?
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for hedgehogs.
6 Reasons Why a Pet Monkey Might Not Be Right...
A look at the reasons monkeys can be very challenging and difficult pets.
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.
Bailona, Bazoo and Other Great B-Names for Your...
Browse pet names submitted to the site beginning with the letter B.
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.
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!
Do Fennec Foxes Make Good Pets?
A look at what an owner can expect from a pet fennec fox.
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.
Everything You Need to Know About Chinchillas
Profile of chinchillas as pets, basic information about chinchillas and basic care information
A Whole Bunch of Possible Names for Your Pet...
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for ferrets, from A to M.
A Beginner's Guide to Keeping Axolotls as Pets
An introduction to the unusual and exotic axolotl, including basic housing and care information.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Explore Quick Facts About a Popular Exotic Pet
Basic facts about sugar gliders, incluing expected life span for pet sugar gliders.
What You Should Know About Keeping Pet Chameleons
A look at chameleons, their characteristics and what kind of pets they make.
Exotic Pet Names - Z
Browse pet names submitted to the site starting with the letter Z.
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.
Interested in Reptiles? Here Are Some Good...
Information for inexperienced owners looking for their first reptile, including four good reptiles for beginners
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.
Exotic Pet Names - T
Browse pet names submitted to the site beginning with the letter T.
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.
All About Pet Veiled Chameleons
Information about veiled chameleons and their care in captivity.
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.
Need a Name for Your Pet Rat? Here Are...
Browse through a list of reader-submitted names for pet rats.
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.
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 Keep Your Pig Healthy With Proper...
Information on diets for pet pot bellied pigs
Unsure What to Name Your Guinea Pig? Here's a...
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for guinea pigs.
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.
Need a Name for Your Mouse? Here Are Some Cool...
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for pet mice.
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.
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.
5 Exotic Pets That Are Great for Kids
Find out what exotic pets are good for kids.
Need a Name for Your Hermit Crab? Here’s...
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for hermit crabs and fiddler crabs.
My Hermit Crab Isn't Moving; Is He Dead or...
How to tell the difference between a molting hermit crab dead hermit crab
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.
Proper Feeding Rates for a Red-Eared Slider
How much and mow often to feed red eared sliders and other aquatic turtles
Interesting Facts About Raising Hedgehogs
A quick guide to hedgehogs as pets, and basic care information.
Your Quick Guide to Keeping Degus as Pets
About degus as pets, including 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
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.
Do Sloths Make Good Pets?
Learn the basics on caring for pet sloths.
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.
“A” Names for Your Aardvark or...
Browse pet names submitted to the site starting with the letter A.
Your Quick Introduction to Pet Lovebirds
Infomation about keeping lovebirds as pets, including basic characteristics and care of pet lovebirds.
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 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.
Raccoon Pictures
Gallery of pet raccoon photos submitted by our readers. Page 17.
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.
What's it Like to Own a Bearded Dragon?
An introduction to keeping bearded dragons as pets.
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
Stumped for a Toad Name? Here Are Some Popular...
List of names for pet frogs and toads submitted by readers.
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.
Can Skunks Really Make Good Pets?
An introduction to the characteristics of skunks as pets and what to expect from a pet skunk.
Need a Name for Your New Exotic Pet? Check Out...
Alphabetical list of all the exotic pet names submitted by our readers.
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.
Should a Monkey Be Kept as a Pet?
Learn about different monkeys that are kept as pets.
Exotic Pet Names - M
Browse pet names submitted to the site beginning with the letter M.
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.
Your Guide to Keeping Leopard Geckos as Pets
Introduction to leopard geckos and their care as pets.
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.
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.
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.
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 Pet King...
An introduction tot he closely related king and milk snakes, and how to choose a healthy snake.
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 Are Budgerigars and Why Do They Make Great...
Introduction to keeping pet budgies along with a quick summary of their care (cages, feeding).
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?
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.
How to Handle and Tame Your Pet Hamsters
Information and advice on taming and handling your pet hamster.
Why Dust=Clean For Your Pet Chinchilla
The importance of dust baths for chinchillas, and how to provide the dust bath.
Raccoon Diet
Find out what to feed a pet raccoon.
Why You Should Put Your Macaw in Your Will: A...
Some estimated expected life spans for some commonly found parrots and other pet birds.
Want a Pet Praying Mantis? Learn More About...
All about keeping mantids as pets inclduing housing and feeding of pet praying mantids.
How To House Train a Pot Bellied Pig
A simple how to on house training pot bellied pigs.
Can You Really Have an Owl as a Pet?
Learn about pet owls. Exotic Pets.
What You Should Know About the Crested Gecko
Information about the care of crested geckos.
Pet Pot Bellied Pigs
Basic information on pet pot bellied pigs.
What Should You Name Your Fish?
Are you looking for a fish name for your pet fish? You've come to the right place!
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.
Raccoon Weight Loss
Pet raccoons often get overweight. To combat this problem there are a few things you, as a pet raccoon owner, can do.
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 - G
Browse pet names submitted to the site beginning with the letter G.
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.
How to Keep Emperor Scorpions as Pets
Introduction to scorpions as pets, with an emphasis on the care of the large emperor scorpion.
Fennec Foxes
Basic information on fennec foxes and keeping them as pets
Pet Tigers
Keeping tigers as pets and why it isn't a good idea.
Learn How to Care for a Pet Raccoon
Find out how to care for a pet raccoon.
Common Diseases and Health Problems in Hamsters
A quick guide to common health problems seen in pet hamsters.
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.
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.
Do Ferrets Make Good Pets? 10 Factors That...
Reasons that ferrets can make excellent pets.
Raccoon Peek-A-Boo
Gallery of pet raccoon photos submitted by our readers. Page 16.
What Should I Name My Pet Bird?
Browse through a list of reader-submitted names for pet birds.
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.
Going to Buy a Hamster? Get These Supplies...
A list of supplies and equipment needed for pet hamsters.
Want a Pet Lizard? Consider the Chinese Water...
Information and facts about water dragons and basic care information.
Exotic Pet Names That Start with "C"
Browse pet names submitted to the site beginning with the letter C.
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.
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.
Care of Pet House Geckos
Information about the care of house geckos.
Simple Tips for Finding a Lost Hamster
Tips on finding and recapturing a lost hamster.
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.
Why Zebra Finches Make Great Pets for Beginners
About zebra finches as pets - what to expect from a pet finch.
Why the Chilean Rose Tarantula is a Great Pet...
Chilean Rose Tarantulas (Grammostola rosea) as Pets - Care sheet
Care of Smooth And Rough Green Snakes (Grass...
A look at the characteristics of smooth and rough green snakes of the genus Opheodrys (also called grass snakes), and how to care for them as pets.
Do Southern Flying Squirrels Make Good Pets?...
Information on keeping southern flying squirrels as pets
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 - S
Browse pet names submitted to the site beginning with the letter S.
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.
Pet Wallabies
Learn the basics of caring for pet wallabies.
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.
Constricting Snakes
What you need to know about keeping large constricting snakes (boas and pythons) as pets.
What Substrate Should I Use for My Leopard Gecko?
Advice on choosing a substrate for leopard geckos.
Exotic Pet Names - D
Browse pet names submitted to the site beginning with the letter D.
What to Feed Your Pet Mouse
Introduction to keeping fancy mice as pets, incluinding tips on choosing a pet mouse.
Surprise Hamster Babies: How to Handle a New...
What you should do if your hamster unexpectedly has a litter of babies (pups).
Coatis, commonly incorrectly referred to as coatimundi, are an interesting exotic pet from the raccoon family. Read more about coatis here.
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.
Can Wild Animals Make Good Pets?
Keeping wild animals as pets is appealing to many people, but it is important to keep in mind that there are many problems with keeping wild animals as pets.
Give Your Bunny a Pedicure: A Guide to Rabbit...
How to trim the nails of your rabbit.
How to Keep Your Canary Happy and Healthy
An introduction to pet canaries and basic information on their care.
Thinking About a Pet Savannah Monitor?
Care requirements for a pet savannah monitor.
Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
A quick guide to caring for madagascar hissing cockroaches as pets
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.
Do Hedgehogs Get Along with Other Pets?
Answering the question of how hedgehogs get along with other pets in the household.

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