Choosing an Exotic Pet

By Michael O Smith  | Submitted On August 14, 2012

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The term "exotic pet" covers a pretty broad sweep of animals. For most people it conjures up images of lions, pythons or walruses (well maybe not walruses). In practice it usually refers to creatures much more tame and adaptable as pets. Exotic pets provide diverse and exciting alternatives to your typical household animals. Golden Retrievers and Goldfish for instance. Just typing those words bored me to tears.

Owning an exotic pet isn't without its potential disadvantages. They often require more attention and specialized diets. They may need to be actively socialized or else risk returning to a more feral nature. This can include aggressiveness or self-harming behavior. This article talks about a few species that more and more people are keeping as domesticated pets.

Kinkajou - these lovable critters originate from the rainforest regions of Central and South America. They are closely related to raccoons and ringtails. Of all the species considered as "exotic", Kinkajous are among the best suited as household companions. They are quite sociable and unlike some of the other animals on the list, they are not prone to "wild" odors. Kinkajous are most active during the night so they are well suited for night owls (I mean people who stay up late - not an exotic pet reference). Be warned though - Kinkajous can occasionally display aggressive streaks and sometimes even emit a scream or yell when upset.

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5 Pet Birds That Make Great Additions to the Family

By Genie Fletcher  | Submitted On July 26, 2016

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Birds are amazing creatures that could be a great addition to your family. When choosing a pet bird, you will want to find the bird most compatible with your lifestyle and living situation. Here are some of the most popular birds that make the perfect pets.

The Parakeet (Budgies)


This is the favorite of all pet birds. These birds are the perfect choice for new bird owners or adults with children living in their homes. Even though the parakeet is not as large as its cousins, it will still require the same type of respect and care as a parrot. Due to their size, parakeets do not require a lot of space and they are easy to maintain. You can choose from a variety of colors, including red, purple, blue and green. Parakeets are smart enough to learn various words and phrases; however, most of these birds are content with whistling and singing. The average life span of a Parakeet is approximately 12 to 14 years.

African Greys

This is one of the most intelligent birds to choose from. African Greys have a very large vocabulary, and once you learn how to care for them properly, these pet birds are easy to train.

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