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I have exotic animals -- sugar gliders. Super high maintenance animals, but so cute and sweet.
I've known so many people to own these little guys, and end up getting rid of them because they dont realize they're most active at dusk to dawn - like a lot of other exotic pets like hedgehogs, fennec foxes, etc - and that their very high-strong animals that need to be socialized and have a lot to do. Same thing with ring tailed Lemurs.
I hate that some people just buy animals because their "cute" without wanting to put in all the time and effort needed to care for said animal (exotic or domestic). It's hard on the animal and for some reason when it comes to exotic pets people assume they can just dump them out into the wild (i've known people to do this for snakes and rabbits) and will expect them to do well, thrive, ad have no adverse effects on the environment.
I feel like if you we're to get an exotic animal of any kind you should undergo a house inspection and have a check-up from the provider after a month to be sure the animal is getting adequate care - like some dog rescues do.