Many of you probably think how good it would sound to have a monkey tiger or a snake for a pet. Even though these animals are considered exotic, and their popularity is growing in the world, there are still some things you need to reconsider before you take them. Common exotic pets are birds, saltwater fish, turtles, snakes, lizards, rodents and even tarantulas. If you are a fan of these animals, here is what you need to know before you make it official and become a proud owner.
Are they legal in your state?
Before you purchase an exotic animal, it is important to check whether they are legal in your country. Places, where you can perform this check, are Fish and Wildlife Divisions and at your animal control center. Individual counties and cities in the U.S. have their ordinances for keeping the exotic pets, but that doesn’t mean it is alright for the state to keep them. It is important to cover all the areas before you get an exotic pet, this is a pricey investment, and you can lose it if you aren’t careful enough.
Can you support this animal?
You need to financially stable before you buy an exotic animal. First of all, it will cost a lot of money, and you should keep in mind that additional equipment is pricey too. In the future, you will require the serviced of the vet. Be prepared because they charge more for these types of animals. You also need to find an eligible vet who is capable of treating your animals.
Do you have the time?
By being small and often locked in cages, exotic animals require extra care. This means you will need to spend with them a lot of time. If you leave them alone for longer periods of time, they won’t feel comfortable. They require constant attention. Otherwise, they will be tempted to go back to wild tendencies. If you lead a busy life, then an exotic animal isn’t for you.
Does your family, neighbors, and landlords agree with this decision?
While in this case, you will be a primary caregiver. You need to make sure that everyone around you is on board with this decision. If you don’t own a house, make sure to have a written agreement with your landlord. Keep you neighbors informed about your decision and see if they are comfortable with it. How your family will behave in case you have a child?