What Are The STRANGEST Pets In The World?? From deadly stings to REALLY stinky smells…stay tuned to number 1 to find out the strangest pets that people actually keep!
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From deadly stings to REALLY stinky smells…stay tuned to number 1 to find out the strangest
pets that people actually keep!
Number 10: Wallabies.
It looks like a small kangaroo, but it’s not..it’s actually a wallaby.
Imagine keeping this little guy as a pet.
Just like their kangaroo relatives, wallabies are marsupials, and they’re pretty good as
Yes, people really keep these little beauties as pets, even outside their native Australia,
where they’re abundant in the wild.
There are two main conditions that have to be met in order to keep a wallaby as a pet.
First, there has to be enough room for them to run around, because they love their freedom
and cannot stay confined for long.
Second, they need to have a lot of fresh food for their diet.
If they can have this, the game is on.
Also, temperature should also be kept at an optimal level because, as Australian marsupials,
wallabies are used to warm climate.
But the great thing about these creatures is that they love to cuddle, and they’ll follow
their owner around the house, wanting to play.
Number 9: Sugar Gliders.
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Here is an exotic pet if there ever was one.
Maybe you haven’t heard of sugar gliders, but you have to admit..the name sure does
And it’s not only their name that’s awesome: sugar gliders are great as pets, but there
are certain things owners need to bear in mind.
First of all, sugar gliders can live quite long, up to 14 years in captivity, which is
a lot by pet animal standards.
And it’s not only that: they need enough free space so that they can move around, and they
consume a very special diet on a daily basis.
Another marsupial, they are fun to be around, and they love playing, but it has to be done
or a regular basis, because they are kind of addictive personalities.
A sugar glider will bond very quickly with another one of its kind, but also with a human…as
long as the relationship is maintained on a regular basis.
In addition to all this, they can be quite loud, especially when they are frightened.
And they are nocturnal, so it’s best not to wake them up during the day.
Number 8: Capybaras.
Rodents make some of the best pets around, and people love keeping them.
But what if you kept the world’s biggest rodent…wouldn’t that be just swell?
Enter the capybara.
This funny-sounding animal is the biggest rodent in the world…well, at least one of
them…and it can grow to a weight of up to 140 pounds!
Capybaras are sweet, but they can also be quite challenging as pets.
One of the reasons for this is that they are extremely social, and like spending time in
groups, which is why people mostly avoid having only one capybara as a pet.
Also, there should be enough water, because they simply love wading all day long.
They are legal to own as pets in Texas and Pennsylvania, and require special licenses
in some other states.
Before getting a capybara as a pet, the best thing would be to check the local laws.
If you think owning a pet capybara is weird, just wait…there’s more!
Number 7: Fennec Foxes.
These animals come from a region of North Africa, and they are nocturnal.
They can be held as pets, although this does not happen so often.
Fennec foxes are quite small, but there’s one thing that’s rather big on them…their
Yes, they do look funny because of it, but it’s also very cute…their ears are what
make them unique in the animal kingdom.
If one wants to keep a fennec fox as a pet, it’s important to know this: they are extremely
active, and bursting with energy.
It’s practically impossible to keep them calm, so it’s best not even to try it.
They can be pets, but are not domesticated animals, no way.
What makes them even more interesting is that they are extremely curious; they love looking
into every nook and cranny, searching for whatnot.
And of course, we cannot forget their calling card: digging.
Fennec foxes love to dig, which is why it’s necessary to secure their area with outdoor
enclosures, otherwise…they dig under the wall or fence and escape in no time.
But on a good side, people have testified to the fact that fennec foxes can be trained
as dogs and held on a leash, and they are very friendly, even to strangers.
Makes sense why there are some who take them as pets.
Number 6: Hedgehogs.
Okay, a tortoise as a pet, that I can understand…but a hedgehog, why?
Well, it turns out that there are people who love having hedgehogs as pets.
The best way to look at pet hedgehogs is as if they’re hamsters, because they’re quite
similar to them in many ways.
Hedgehogs don’t enjoy the company of humans that much, in fact probably not at all…and
they practically cannot be trained as regular pets.
If positive reinforcement is applied, some progress can be made, but only to a certain
extent, and only with the most basic of things.
On the good side, they don’t require a lot of space, they are not loud, and make no funny
noises (so the neighborhood won’t be alarmed), and they don’t require frequent cage cleaning
(once a week is probably more than enough for an average hedgehog).
But the best thing of all is this: hedgehogs have neither dander nor that strange, funny
smell…like ferrets, for example.
Peaceful by nature, not chewing on furniture (since they’re not rodents), hedgehogs are
liked and kept by those who are on the weirder side of pet owners.
I don’t have any evidence proving this, but…I’m going to assume that they’re all named Sonic,
Number 5: Skunks.
Okay, I can understand hedgehogs, even those sugar gliders, but come on…a skunk for a
Why on earth would anyone do that?
Skunks are…well, stinky animals, since there’s no other way of putting it.
Well, believe it or not, folks, people do keep skunks as pets.
There, you’ve heard it all, now!
The reason why skunks have that funny smell is their scent glands; they are responsible
for the musky odor we all hate to even think of, let alone smell.
But…skunks can be domesticated, and for more than 60 years, people have been turning
them into friendly companions.
Skunks in the wild can be very aggressive and hostile, but domesticated…they are a
whole different animal, a far cry from the animal in the wild.
Skunks can also be de-scented when they’re about 3-6 month old, after which they lose
the ability of letting off that awful smell of theirs.
The best thing about them is that they can be trained to accept the human sleep cycle,
which makes it easier to keep them as pets and take care of them.
But unfortunately, it is not legal to own a skunk everywhere, and future owners are
well advised to make sure they allowed to.
Number 4: Emperor Scorpions.
We’re now entering deadly territory, so…beware.
Having a skunk or a capybara for a pet is one thing, but who’d want to own an animal
that can kill or massively hurt you with one single sting?
Well, that’s the kind of planet we’re on, folks, and believe it or not- there are many
people who love keeping deadly animals as pets.
It’s probably an adrenaline thing, I don’t know.
Anyway, number 4 on our list is emperor scorpion.
An emperor scorpion is not deadly, per se, because its sting is only as strong and dangerous
as the sting of a bee…but- if a person has an anaphylactic reaction to the venom, then
it can prove quite dangerous.
Emperor scorpions live in warm and humid area, which is why it’s important to secure the
same kind of “atmosphere” for them.
It can be done with a good glass tank.
As far as their diet is concerned, they can eat all kinds of stuff, but a couple of normal-sized
crickets or other insects per week will do.
Great fun for the brave ones.
Number 3: Tarantulas.
And you thought people who kept scorpions were crazy?
Yes, there are those who like to keep tarantulas as pets.
For the last couple of years, tarantulas have actually become quite popular, and more and
more people decide to keep them.
To some, this is a logical solution, because tarantulas are actually quite easy to keep:
they are quiet and require little room to function normally.
Tarantulas are venomous, and their sting can even be fatal in some situations, especially
when a person suffers an anaphylactic reaction.
But in most cases, their sting resembles those of wasps and bees.
However, spiders are not that dangerous, as many of you would think; they usually don’t
bite humans out of necessity, but instead..fear, and they would always choose to retreat than
swing a full attack.
You don’t need a big tank to house a tarantula because, they require little to no room…a
tank couple of times bigger than an adult tarantula can be more than enough for normal
The key thing is to keep optimal humidity and have a small hiding place for the spider,
like a piece of bark or a small hollow log.
Number 2: Bearded Dragon Lizards.
The silver medal on our list goes to a reptile with an amazing name…Bearded Dragon lizards.
Come on, doesn’t it sound just awesome?
Well, it turns out that these lizards are actually very popular as pets, and they are
They are not very big, and their original territory is the land down under…Australia
(where all the weird and amazing-looking animals come from).
Overall, bearded lizards are considered good pets, but they kind of have a special diet
that has to be followed very thoroughly.
For the housing of bearded dragon lizard, you would need a moderately sized tank (55
to 75 gallons)…with a secure top and washed play sand, to give the pet a sense of its
However, the most essential thing is the lighting: bearded lizards need to be exposed to enough
UVA and UVB radiation, but this can be solved with special fluorescent bulbs.
The rays coming from these bulbs are invisible, but necessary for the lizards.
In addition to this, some exposure to direct sunlight is also beneficial.
Number 1: Boa Constrictor.
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner: the gold medal for the strangest pet animal goes
to the Boa Constrictor.
They are pretty hard to locate in a regular pet shop, but people do manage to find them
and take them home as pets.
These animals can live quite long, usually from 25 to 30 years, with the oldest recorded
case of 43 years old!
When they are babies, they can be held in small or medium sized glass aquariums, but
not for long.
Once they become adults, Boa Constrictors need to be placed inside special custom enclosures,
which can be bought or even constructed at home.
The essential thing is this enclosure has a thermometer, because the temperature has
to be exact, since these snakes come from a temperature-sensitive climate.
This all means that Boa Constrictors require a lot of attention, and plenty of dedication
in order to live a long, healthy life.
They are not aggressive by nature, although I’m not really sure whether I’d like to become
a proud owner of one of those.
But apparently, some of us like it “hot.”
Would you own any of these pets?
Let us know in the comments below and…take care!
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