Choosing An Exotic Pet

Are you considering adopting an exotic pet? It’s probably safe to say that Fido and Fluffy will always be the most popular animal companions. However, exotics are gaining ground. It’s important to do your research before getting a new type of pet. Here, an Anderson, IN vet lists some things to consider before adopting an exotic pet.


One thing you’ll want to look at is the expected adult size of your pet. Some, such as chinchillas, stay quite small. Iguanas, however, can grow up to 6 feet long, and will need pretty large enclosures … or even a whole room.


Diet is another thing to keep in mind. While some exotics can eat commercial pellets, many others eat creepy-crawlies, such as bugs or rodents. This can be a dealbreaker for anyone with a weak stomach. Needless to say, you can’t grab live mealworms at a convenience store, as you could dog or cat food, so you’ll be signing on for regular deliveries and/or frequent trips to the pet store. Other types of exotics require fresh produce. Iguanas, for instance, mostly eat fresh veggies, which can get costly.

Environmental Needs

Many exotic pets have specific environmental needs, as far as light, heat, and humidity, which requires careful monitoring. This doesn’t only apply to reptiles, though. Pigs, for instance, really need to be able to root and dig around.

Ease Of Care

Some exotics are pretty easy keepers. Many snakes, for instance, don’t eat every day, so they need minimal daily care. Others need quite a bit of attention. Do plenty of research before buying one.

Other Pets

Do you have other pets? Consider them as well. Cats, for instance, may be very interested in sugar gliders, and could seriously hurt the little furballs.

Pet Sitting

Consider who will take care of your pet if you leave town. This is another area where diet comes into play. Your grandma may balk at pet sitting after realizing it would entail handling live bugs!


Always buy exotic pets from a reputable store or breeder. You could also consider adopting a pet that someone is rehoming. However, if you’re a beginner, rehabilitating a sick animal may be too much for you. Ask your vet for advice on this.

Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your local Anderson, IN animal clinic, anytime!  


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