Exotic Pets: Most Popular Articles
A look at the characteristics of raccoons and whether they make good pets
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for fish.
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for turtles and tortoises.
A discussion of what to expect if you choos a pot bellied pig as a pet.
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for lizards.
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for hamsters.
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for pairs of pets.
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.
What do rabbits have to do with easter? Find out where the story of the easter bunny came from.
Answer in response to a question I am asked frequently about feeding red eared sliders, especially young turtles.
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.
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.
About keeping lizards as pets, including choosing the right lizard and some basic but important care concepts.
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 goats.
What you need to know if you are considering a sugar glider as a pet, including basic care information and links.
Information for inexperienced owners looking for their first reptile, including four good reptiles for beginners
Learn the basics on caring for pet sloths.
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for pigs.
What you need to know about keeping wolfdogs as pets, including what you should consider before deciding on a wolfdog as a companion.
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for guinea pigs.
A list of the top 10 animals that make bad pets.
Looking for information on a particular species? An index of all the types and species of exotic pets covered on About Exotic Pets.
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.
An introdcution to tortoises as pets, including things to consider before committing to a pet toortoise, and links to species information.
Components of a good diet for pet rats includes food designed for rats as well as some fresh healthy food choices.
Browse through a list of reader-submitted names for pet birds.
An introduction to the unusual and exotic axolotl, including basic housing and care information.
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.
Infomation about keeping lovebirds as pets, including basic characteristics and care of pet lovebirds.
A guide to help you choose a hamster, care for a hamster, and handle a hamster.
Profile of chinchillas as pets, basic information about chinchillas and basic care information
A quick comparison of hamsters, gerbils, mice, rats, and guinea pigs, which are all common choices as family pets.
Information on fiddler crabs and how to keep them as pets, including setting up a tank appropriate for fiddler crabs.
Facts about guinea pigs, what to consider when choosing a guinea pig, finding and choosing a guinea pig, care of guinea pigs.
Basic information on fennec foxes and keeping them as pets
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.
Alphabetical list of all the exotic pet names submitted by our readers.
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for hedgehogs.
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.
Chossing a corn snake as a pet, with information on care of corn snakes.
A look at what an owner can expect from a pet fennec fox.
Information about veiled chameleons and their care in captivity.
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.
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.
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet names for ferrets, from A to M.
Are you looking for a fish name for your pet fish? Check out this list of user-submitted fish names.
Information about keeping ferrets as pets, including a care guide and some facts about ferrets.
About degus as pets, including basic care information.
A look at the basic needs of pet chameleons including the type of cage set up required and feeding. Page 2.
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.
Introduction to leopard geckos and their care as pets.
Browse pet names submitted to the site beginning with the letter B.
Are you interested in getting a pet fox? Can a fox be kept as a pet? Find out here!
An introduction to the pet canary and basic information on the care of pet canaries
How much and mow often to feed red eared sliders and other aquatic turtles
A guide to properly feeding pet rabbits, who need ample roughage and fresh vegetables in their diets.
Keeping frogs as pets - pros and cons, what to consider before choosing a frog, good frog species for beginners, and links to care sheets.
Tips on finding and recapturing a lost hamster.
Some things to consider if you are thinking about getting a pet goat.
Keeping tigers as pets and why it isn't a good idea.
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.
The pet prairie dog is a large affectionate rodent if handled as a baby. Find out more about these long-lived pets here.
There are several ways to keep your turtle tank clean. Having a tank that is set up well with a good filter is a good start. Page 2.
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.
Information on the proper diet for pet pot bellied pigs
A quick guide to hedgehogs as pets, and basic care information.
A general guide to the rearing of tadpoles, both wild harvested eggs and captive bred.
How to tell the difference between a molting hermit crab dead hermit crab
What you should do if your hamster unexpectedly has a litter of babies (pups).
Information and facts about water dragons and basic care information.
Introduction to scorpions as pets, with an emphasis on the care of the large emperor scorpion.
Basic facts about sugar gliders, incluing expected life span for pet sugar gliders.
A quick guide to some of the things rabbits do to communicate and what they likely mean.
An introduction to keeping bearded dragons as pets.
Information and advice on taming and handling your pet hamster.
What you need to know about deciding on a rat as a pet - life span, size, and characteristics.
Information and tips about keeping aquatic turtles such as red eared sliders in outdoor ponds
How to tell the difference between male and female hamsters.
A quick guide to common health problems seen in pet hamsters.
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 to feed hermit crabs as part of a balanced diet.
Care requirements for a pet savannah monitor.
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.
Introduction to keeping pet budgies along with a quick summary of their care (cages, feeding).
Find out what glass surfing is and why your bearded dragon is doing it.
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.
Guinea pigs can make lovely pets, but there are a few things you should know before getting a guinea pig
A discussion of different kinds of cages for pet hedgehogs.
Determining if a red eared slider turtle is male or female: sexing red eared sliders
How to go about feeding your red eared slider or other aquatic turtle.
What to consider when choosing a home for a house rabbit, including provided the right size of cage.
Guidelines for Feeding your guinea pig incluing meeting their vitamin c requirments.
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.
Information about the care of crested geckos.
Information on routine grooming of pet rabbits, and whether rabbits need baths.
Chinchillas have sensitive digestive systems and must be fed a high quality food designed for the specific needs of chinchillas. In addition, they should have fresh hay for roughage, and there are a few treats that you can also give on a limited basis.
Browse pet names submitted to the site starting with the letter A.
Information on caring for pet rats including setting up a rat cage, and providing toys and exercise, and feeding.
What to expect from a pet iguana and links to some of the best iguana care information available online
Information about Jackson's chameleons and their care in captivity.
An introduction tot he closely related king and milk snakes, and how to choose a healthy snake.
A look at keeping kinkajous as pets, and a look at their basic care and needs.
Learn about different monkeys that are kept as pets.
The Institute of Cytology and Genetics has developed these tame pet foxes through long-term selection and breeding for behavior.
Reasons that ferrets can make excellent pets.
A profile of Lop-Eared Rabbits.
Components of a good diet for feeding pet gerbils
Information on setting up a tank for fire bellied newts, and how to feed fire bellied newts. Page 2.
Introduction to keeping fancy mice as pets, incluinding tips on choosing a pet mouse.
of green anoles including setting up an appropriate tank and feeding.
Appropriate foods for the captive diet of pet box turtles
The advantages of keeping and raising crickets as food for your pet, and information on gut loading them before feeding them to your pet.
An introduction to the characteristics of skunks as pets and what to expect from a pet skunk.
Keeping blue tongued skinks as pets - information and a guide to their care.
Find out how much it will cost you to care for a pet rabbit.
Browse pet names submitted to the site beginning with the letter D.
Browse through a list of reader-submitted pet rabbit names starting with the letter A.
Chinchillas are impossibly soft and cute creatures from South America that make wonderful pets. Learn about the characteristics of chinchillas to decide if a chinchilla might be the right pet for you, then find out about their care in our chinchilla care guide.
Browse pet names submitted to the site beginning with the letter M.
Bearded dragons sometimes go into brumation. Explore this interesting behavior of bearded dragons and learn more about brumation of Pogona Vitticeps.
Advice on litter training pet rabbits, from choosing a litter to the steps to take to encourage rabbits to use the litter box both inside and outside their cage.
Introduction to keeping tiger salamanders as pets and information on caring for them in both the larval and adult form.
A guide to feeding your ferret with advice on reading labels and some recommended diets.
Information about african clawed frogs as pets and how to care for them as pets.
A discussion of concerns over wood shavings as pet bedding and litter, especially cedar shavings and possibly pine shavings.
A reader wants to know if hedgehogs are spiky, whether hedgehogs can be held and cuddled.
How to deal with a biting hamster.
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?
An introduction to keeping box turtles as pets.
How to trim the nails of your rabbit.
A general description of the wide array of rabbit coat colors.
A good parrot diet is based on a formulated diet, but with a wide variety of nutrtious foods as a supplement. Page 2.
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.
Rabbits can make lovely pets, but as always, having the right expectations is paramount to developing a strong bond with your pet. Find out characteristics and quirks of pet rabbits to help you decide if a pet rabbit is right for you.
Browse pet names submitted to the site beginning with the letter G.
Here are a few interesting and true things about the cute and tiny fox known as the fennec fox.
Some estimated expected life spans for some commonly found parrots and other pet birds.
A introduction to keeping geckos as pets, including links to more information on a variety of gecko species.
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.
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.
Keeping frogs captive outdoors is not really an option, but if you build a frog-friendly pond, the frogs will likely come. However, never introduce non-native frogs or release captive frogs into you pond or any pond.
Profile of leopard tortoises and their care as pets.
An introduction to the red foot tortoise and its care as a pet.
Browse pet names submitted to the site beginning with the letter S.
Browse pet names submitted to the site beginning with the letter T.
The importance of dust baths for chinchillas, and how to provide the dust bath.
Some ideas for inexpensive and creative toys for your pet rabbit.