Exotic Pets: Most Popular Articles
What you need to know if you are considering a sugar glider as a pet, including basic care information and links.
A discussion of what to expect if you choos a pot bellied pig as a pet.
A list of the top 10 animals that make bad pets.
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for turtles and tortoises.
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.
A look at the characteristics of raccoons and whether they make good pets
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.
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for fish.
Basic information on ball pythons, including choosing a pet ball python, providing a proper cage, and feeding ball pythons.
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for pigs.
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for pairs of pets.
Take a look at my recommendations for the best exotic pets for kids.
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for hamsters.
An introduction to guinea pig behavior, including common vocalizations and other things guinea pigs do to communicate, to help with understanding guinea pig behavior.
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for snakes.
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for guinea pigs.
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for lizards.
Information for inexperienced owners looking for their first reptile, including four good reptiles for beginners
A guide to help you choose a hamster, care for a hamster, and handle a hamster.
A look at chameleons, their characteristics and what kind of pets they make.
Answer in response to a question I am asked frequently about feeding red eared sliders, especially young turtles.
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.
What you need to know before getting a tarantula, and choosing a pet tarantula
A look at the reasons monkeys can be very challenging and difficult pets.
Learn the basics on caring for pet sloths.
Infomation about keeping lovebirds as pets, including basic characteristics and care of pet lovebirds.
An introduction to tortoises as pets, including things to consider before committing to a pet tortoise, and links to species information.
About keeping lizards as pets, including choosing the right lizard and some basic but important care concepts.
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.
Browse pet names submitted to the site beginning with the letter B.
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.
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.
Are you interested in getting a pet fox? Can a fox be kept as a pet? Find out here!
Profile of chinchillas as pets, basic information about chinchillas and basic care information
Introduction to leopard geckos and their care as pets.
A look at what an owner can expect from a pet fennec fox.
Information about veiled chameleons and their care in captivity.
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.
Information on fiddler crabs and how to keep them as pets, including setting up a tank appropriate for fiddler crabs.
Components of a good diet for pet rats includes food designed for rats as well as some fresh healthy food choices.
What you need to know about keeping wolfdogs as pets, including what you should consider before deciding on a wolfdog as a companion.
What you need to know about deciding on a rat as a pet - life span, size, and characteristics.
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for hedgehogs.
Learn about different monkeys that are kept as pets.
An introduction to keeping bearded dragons as pets.
Guinea pigs can make lovely pets, but there are a few things you should know before getting a guinea pig
Basic facts about sugar gliders, incluing expected life span for pet sugar gliders.
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.
Keeping tigers as pets and why it isn't a good idea.
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.
Information on the proper diet for pet pot bellied pigs
How to tell the difference between a molting hermit crab dead hermit crab
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for goats.
Browse through a list of reader-submitted names for pet birds.
Are you looking for a fish name for your pet fish? Check out this list of user-submitted fish names.
About degus as pets, including basic care information.
Introduction to keeping pet budgies along with a quick summary of their care (cages, feeding).
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.
Facts about guinea pigs, what to consider when choosing one, links to tips about caring for one.
A quick guide to finding out about the legal status of exotic pets where you live.
What to expect from a pet iguana and links to some of the best iguana care information available online
Alphabetical list of all the exotic pet names submitted by our readers.
A quick comparison of hamsters, gerbils, mice, rats, and guinea pigs, which are all common choices as family pets.
An introduction tot he closely related king and milk snakes, and how to choose a healthy snake.
An introduction to the unusual and exotic axolotl, including basic housing and care information.
An introduction to the pet canary and basic information on the care of pet canaries.
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.
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.
Keeping frogs as pets - pros and cons, what to consider before choosing a frog, good frog species for beginners, and links to care sheets.
Information about the care of crested geckos.
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.
Information about keeping ferrets as pets, including a care guide and some facts about ferrets.
Reasons that ferrets can make excellent pets.
Browse through a list of reader-submitted names for pet rats.
All about keeping mantids as pets inclduing housing and feeding of pet praying mantids.
Tips on finding and recapturing a lost hamster.
Information and advice on taming and handling your pet hamster.
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for ferrets, from A to M.
Looking for information on a particular species? An index of all the types and species of exotic pets covered on About Exotic Pets.
Here are a few interesting and true things about the cute and tiny fox known as the fennec fox.
A look at various diet recommendations for sugar gliders and links to resources for further information.
Bearded dragons sometimes go into brumation. Explore this interesting behavior of bearded dragons and learn more about brumation of Pogona Vitticeps.
Basic information on fennec foxes and keeping them as pets
How much and mow often to feed red eared sliders and other aquatic turtles
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.
Information and facts about water dragons and basic care information.
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.
Some estimated expected life spans for some commonly found parrots and other pet birds.
Introduction to scorpions as pets, with an emphasis on the care of the large emperor scorpion.
A quick guide to hedgehogs as pets, and basic care information.
A brief look at this disease. The different strains of the virus vary in their virulence, as does the susceptibility of different rabbit species.
A quick guide to some of the things rabbits do to communicate and what they likely mean.
How to trim the nails of your rabbit.
Browse pet names submitted to the site beginning with the letter T.
A quick guide to common health problems seen in pet hamsters.
Information on the ideal cage size and type for sugar gliders, as well as accessories to make the cage a good home for gliders.
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.
Some things to consider if you are thinking about getting a pet goat.
What you should do if your hamster unexpectedly has a litter of babies (pups).
Introduction to keeping fancy mice as pets, incluinding tips on choosing a pet mouse.
The steps involved in taming young pot bellied pigs including information on bonding with piglets and training a piglet to be picked up
The advantages of keeping and raising crickets as food for your pet, and information on gut loading them before feeding them to your pet.
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.
Introduction to keeping tiger salamanders as pets and information on caring for them in both the larval and adult form.
A discussion of concerns over wood shavings as pet bedding and litter, especially cedar shavings and possibly pine shavings.
Find out what glass surfing is and why your bearded dragon is doing it.
What to feed hermit crabs as part of a balanced diet.
Browse pet names submitted to the site beginning with the letter M.
A guide to properly feeding pet rabbits, who need ample roughage and fresh vegetables in their diets.
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.
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.
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.
An introduction to keeping box turtles as pets.
Information on caring for pet rats including setting up a rat cage, and providing toys and exercise, and feeding.
How to deal with a biting hamster.
Browse pet names submitted to the site starting with the letter A.
Information and tips about keeping aquatic turtles such as red eared sliders in outdoor ponds
Determining if a red eared slider turtle is male or female: sexing red eared sliders.
Care requirements for a pet savannah monitor.
Appropriate foods for the captive diet of pet box turtles
How to tell the difference between male and female hamsters.
A profile of Lop-Eared Rabbits.
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for pet mice.
A introduction to keeping geckos as pets, including links to more information on a variety of gecko species.
Learn about reticulated pythons when kept as pets.
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for hermit crabs and fiddler crabs.
Coatis, commonly incorrectly referred to as coatimundi, are an interesting exotic pet from the raccoon family. Read more about coatis here.
Keeping bearded dragons together is commonly mentioned but does not always work out.
A guide to feeding your ferret with advice on reading labels and some recommended diets.
Some ideas for inexpensive and creative toys for your pet rabbit.
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?
What you need to know about pet hamsters before choosing one as a pet.
A reader wants to know if hedgehogs are spiky, whether hedgehogs can be held and cuddled.
Description and picture of a peruvian guinea pig. Page 3.
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.
Browse pet names submitted to the site starting with the letter Z.
Information on keeping southern flying squirrels as pets
A list of supplies and equipment needed for pet hamsters.
Profile of leopard tortoises and their care as pets.
Information on maintaining the proper temperature and humidity when setting up a tank for land hermit crabs. Page 2.
Basic information on pet pot bellied pigs.
A simple how to on house training pot bellied pigs.
Why hermit crabs lose legs and what to do if this happens to your hermit crab.
Information on setting up a tank for fire bellied newts, and how to feed fire bellied newts. Page 2.
About zebra finches as pets - what to expect from a pet finch.
Information about the care of house geckos.
About grooming guinea pigs - nail clipping.
There are many different snake species people keep as pets. Take a look at a list of some of the more common ones.
How to go about feeding your red eared slider or other aquatic turtle.
Guidelines for Feeding your guinea pig incluing meeting their vitamin c requirments.