What exotic pets do you own or would you like to own? (NOT dogs or cats)

Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama
I'm just curious how many folks like the more "exotic" or unusual pets. This could be anything from a turtle or a lizard to rabbits or guinea pigs or spiders (yuck).

As a teenager, I had a descented skunk and I want to get one again.

I currently have rabbits, 8 hedgehogs and on the 12th or 13th I will be picking up two baby prairie dogs. I've told the breeder to make my choices for me based on personality and not sex because they will be neutered this fall anyway (and they are both from the same litter).

Someday I'd like to have a capybara (at least they're legal in Texas) and a coatamundi (sp?) - and I have to admit that after looking at a website, a marmoset monkey would be interesting too.

Now to have a house just for the animals!
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loveme loveme
I don't have any, but my neighbors have a parrot. They always let it chill outside during the day. It is so cute and funny. I would love to own one. I've always wanted to have a pet monkey, but they are way too much work and require too much attention. It's like having a a two year old that never grows up. I would have to give it my attention 24/7 and not have my own life. If I could, I would definitely own one. They are just too cute!
04/04/2013
Martiniman Martiniman
Not sure how exotic, but we just bought tropical fish for the kids, and they are so colorful and cool to look at.
04/05/2013
indiglo indiglo
I have a parrot I inherited from my grandfather. That's also like having a 2 year old that never grows up - and one that can fly and has pliers attached to their face. She brings me a lot of joy but I'd never recommend them as a pet, I don't believe they belong in captivity truly and they are a LOT of work (if you keep them properly). Not to mention how expensive they are! Initial setup is outrageous and so is regular, quality vet care - and that's if you can even find a vet knowledgeable about them in your area. Certified Avian Vets are few and far between.

I had Degus in the past as well, and they were wonderful pets. I miss them sometimes, I had an amazingly close relationship with 1 of them in particular - but they were a lot of work too. They require a special diet and a special cage - just more needs than a typical cage type animal.

While it sounds exciting and fun to keep exotics, in most cases I think it's a bad idea. I don't believe they belong in captivity, especially not in private homes, and I just don't think most of them get the care they need. There are definitely exceptions to the rule, but I think most people want exotic pets for their own personal reasons (it sounds fun, they are unusual, a conversation piece, no one else I know has one, they are cool, they are interesting, I could learn a lot, etc.)... not because they want what's best for the animal. You know?
04/05/2013
GirlOnGirl GirlOnGirl
I would really like to get a snake. It wouldn't be a good idea right now but it's something I'm hoping to do in the future.
04/05/2013
Eugler Eugler
If I had the time I would love to have a tame crow or raven.
You can have them as the falconers keep their falcons and other birds.

They are very clever birds and it would be pretty cool to walk around having a crow sitting at your shoulders.

How would I call it? Nevermore!
04/05/2013
Hentialover Hentialover
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Originally posted by Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama
I'm just curious how many folks like the more "exotic" or unusual pets. This could be anything from a turtle or a lizard to rabbits or guinea pigs or spiders (yuck).

As a teenager, I had a descented skunk and I want to get one ... More
My roommate and i have a turtle, a snake, a bunny and a hamster (Does that one count?) So far these are the most exotic animals I have owned, but after reading your list, I sudden feel better about having six animals in total.
04/05/2013
Allison.Wilder Allison.Wilder
Quote:
Originally posted by Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama
I'm just curious how many folks like the more "exotic" or unusual pets. This could be anything from a turtle or a lizard to rabbits or guinea pigs or spiders (yuck).

As a teenager, I had a descented skunk and I want to get one ... More
I've never had any exotic pets. Maybe one day though...
04/05/2013
js250 js250
YOU'RE BACK!!!!!

Welcome back--missed you on here! I have had a few wild animals and a hedgehog.....
04/05/2013
KinkyKatieJames KinkyKatieJames
I have ferrets (no, they are not mean and although they have a light musk scent, it is easily controlled). They are very misunderstood creatures and make amazing pets if you have the time and dedication to give them. I also have 2 guinea pigs.
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