Do you know what an exotic animal is? Would you ever consider having one as a pet?
Firstly, an exotic animal is any animal kept as a pet that is a little more unusual. Here at the RSPCA we mainly class these as reptiles (this is mostly snakes, lizards and turtles), amphibians (mostly frogs) and invertebrates (insects, spiders, beetles etc) – but it can include fish, birds and some of the more exotic mammals such as monkeys, sugar gliders, pigmy hedgehogs and possums.
So exotics are unusual pets with very specific needs. Anyone who keeps one must give the animal the same environment as it would have in the wild. The truth is, you can’t mostly because of space. However, some exotic animal keepers do a very good job of coming close.
So whether you have a bearded dragon, an emperor scorpion, a corn snake or a tropical fish, the animal’s environment in captivity must meet the needs of the animal, as it would in the wild. To achieve this, its enclosure must be as close to its natural environment as possible.
You have to consider temperature, humidity, light, heat, diet and companionship, to name a few. Specialist exotic vets are often hard to find too – you can’t take an exotic animal to just any vet.
I wouldn’t want to have an exotic animal as a pet, but would you?