Exotic Pets Available to You!

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Have you ever heard of a piranha? If you have, I bet you haven’t heard of someone having one as a pet. Cheetahs, pot-belly pigs, piranhas, and eagles have all been owned by people. Most exotic pets such as tigers and venomous snakes should not be owned for a reason. In this article, I will be talking about some types of exotic pets that you could own without much difficulty.

 

One of the exotic pets that I will be talking about in this article are piranhas. Piranhas are South American freshwater fish that typically live in schools, or large groups of fish, and have very sharp teeth. Someone would want to own a piranha because they like to have something that very few people have. As a general rule, piranhas need approximately 20 gallons of water per fish. That is a lot of water for only one fish! Piranhas normally cost around 30 dollars each. To imagine how much this is, picture a goldfish. Goldfish usually cost about one dollar. If you want to buy five goldfish, it would cost five dollars. To match the price of one piranha, you would have to buy 30 goldfish. That’s a lot! Also, young piranhas should be fed 2-4 times a day, while an adult piranha should be fed 1-2 times every other day. That’s a big difference! Someone would want to own a piranha because they like to have something that very few people have or they just might like to watch goldfish get eaten. Approximately every one of five species of piranhas pose any danger. Most piranha species are quite harmless and docile, but the ones with the reputation for aggressive behavior are the red-bellied piranhas. “Many people want piranhas, but they don’t have the time to take care of them because piranhas need constant care.” Before you get a piranha, you should know that they are freshwater fish, so I recommend that you do not fill up its tank with saltwater! In conclusion, piranhas are a cool pet to have, as long as you do not get a red-bellied piranha!

 Another exotic pet that I will introduce to you in this article is the chinchilla. Chinchillas are small South American rodents with soft, gray fur and a long, bushy tail. The cost of a chinchilla can vary widely depending on where you get the chinchilla from, what color you choose, and how old it is. Some of the drawbacks of owning a chinchilla is that they are nocturnal, so when you are sleeping, they are wide awake and playing. Also, sometimes pet shelters do not provide the appropriate nutrition to their animals, so many of them are sold with health problems or misinformation. Sara, owner of two chinchillas, states, “Do not put one chinchilla in the other chinchilla’s cage, they will fight, and if they start fighting, separate them immediately.” This is another drawback of owning a chinchilla because chinchillas do fight if you have two of them next to each other. Chinchillas are avid chewers, so if you decide to get a cage for your chinchilla, you would have to buy a metal cage because plastic will not stand up to their teeth. Chinchillas are also very playful, so you want to get a cage that will be big enough for them to play around in. If you decide to devote a whole room to your chinchilla, you have to be sure to cover all of the outlets and to remove wires, cords, and anything else the chinchillas could chew on. This process would take a lot of hard work and determination, so if you want to get a chinchilla, you should know about all of the hard work that you have to put into getting a chinchilla. Make sure that you have a variety of toys for your chinchilla to play with, so it does not get bored! Overall, chinchillas are very cute, soft, and playful animals. If you do end up getting a chinchilla, I hope this paragraph has informed you with some of the important things that you need to know about getting a chinchilla and how to take care of it.

The next exotic animal that I will be talking about in this article is the hedgehog. Hedgehogs are small, nocturnal mammals with a spiny coat and short legs. They are also able to roll themselves into a ball for defense. The first step in taking care of a hedgehog is to check if hedgehog keeping is legal in your area. In some places hedgehogs are illegal, whereas in others, you may be required to have a special permit. Hedgehogs eat many things including insects, worms, centipedes, snails, mice frogs, and snakes when out in the wild, but if you want one as a pet, you could feed them things such as fruits, veggies, eggs, and meats. Some people consider hedgehogs useful pets because they prey on many garden pests. Hedgehogs are known to be intelligent, friendly, and enjoyable company for a dedicated owner. You could buy a cage or dedicate a room to your hedgehog, depending on how much space you have in your house. Hedgehogs normally cost from about 70-250 dollars, but some breeders offer starter kits for around 75 dollars that include a cage, and exercise wheel, a hiding place, water bottle, feed bowl and some food. According to HedgehogRescue.org, “These creatures make great pets, but they aren’t the best choice for a first time exotic pet owner…Hedgehogs must be kept separately because they tend to fight when housed together, especially the males, who will fight to the death.” Before you get a hedgehog, you should know that they rely upon their senses of hearing and smell because their eyesight is weak. So, if you dangle your finger in front of their cage, they might think that it is food and they might nibble at it or bite it! Hedgehogs are very cute and playful animals and they are a very cool pet to have.

Overall, there are some exotic pets that are playful and harmless, but most of them you should not own for a good reason. They are all unique in their own way. I hope that this article has informed you with how to take care of these wonderful animals if you decide to get one! Don’t hesitate to get one of these cute and playful exotic pets!

 

Sources Cited:

https://list25.com/25-exotic-animals-you-could-legally-own/

https://www.activewild.com/piranha-facts/

http://chinchillacaregroup.com/chinchilla-cost/

https://www.wikihow.com/Take-Care-of-a-Hedgehog

http://pets.costhelper.com/hedgehog.html