Think of a pet
I bet your first thought was ‘cat’ or ‘dog’. Maybe ‘hamster’ or ‘rabbit’. It’s unlikely that you thought about snakes and lizards, but actually these animals are becoming more and more popular pets.
So what’s the difference?
Well, the animals we think of as pets traditionally, like cats and dogs, are animals that are domesticated (tame) and used to living with humans. They also tend to be comfortable in our climate. Exotic pets, by contrast, are not used to humans and often come from foreign countries, usually quite hot ones! For these pets to be happy living in our homes they need lots of special care. Watch this video to find out more.
What do you think?
In the latest issue of animal action we asked our junior reporters for their opinion on owning exotic pets. Here are some of their answers:
I think it is cool to have one of these pets, but if you don’t know what you’re doing you could make them suffer. You should think about what the animal needs, and what it will eat. Callum
I’m not keen on the idea of an exotic pet because you would have to feed them live insects, like locusts! You would have to take care of them really well. Eloise
Having an exotic pet needs work to get it right for the animal – a bearded dragon’s tank has to be warmer at one end and cooler at the other. Exotic pets can grow much larger than people think! James
What do you think? Why not add your comments below?