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Exotic pets

Kahoku

Forgive Yourself
I think that exotic animals are cool and all but I just like dogs. They are hilarious and they just like to follow you around. (I want a corgi)
But I was entertaining the idea of getting some fish or a lizard.
 

dinosaurdammit

White Devil

Kit H. Ruppell

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Oh I forgot about skunks. They're supposed to be very pleasant as pets. People look at me like I'm crazy, but it's true. I've met a tame skunk before; very mellow and nice to pet!
 

Zydrate Junkie

Name and rank soldier!
If it's big enough to eat you, don't get it as a pet. I don't see the problem with normal pets anyway, who doesn't want to have a puppy?
 

Mxpklx

Active Member
There is probably at least 300+ fish in our house, spread out between 23 fish tanks, and two ponds.

Yes, I know I take it too seriously.
I helped my friend take care of his fish. He had about that many in a huge ass tank, but they were mainly small. He got an African toad one day, and Ick spread rampant killing every last one within a week. At least his Oscars were happy.
 

Dreaming

Member
Do tetras count? :V I had some tetras years ago, but they kept vanishing from the tank and we couldn't figure out why.

My cousin has a stick insect yeeeeears ago, in a small tank (about the size of a cookie tin), and a shit load of exotic birds. From what I've heard, he never treated them right, and it never ended well.
 

CannonFodder

Resistance is futile! If 0 ohm
This thread does raise a question though-
If you could have any creature as a pet, be it still alive/extinct/fictional/real, with all the resources needed to keep it safely and feed it what would it be?
 

Dreaming

Member
This thread does raise a question though-
If you could have any creature as a pet, be it still alive/extinct/fictional/real, with all the resources needed to keep it safely and feed it what would it be?
Velociraptor. Nobody's going to fuck with you if you have a guard-raptor :V

Alive...parrot.
 

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This thread does raise a question though-
If you could have any creature as a pet, be it still alive/extinct/fictional/real, with all the resources needed to keep it safely and feed it what would it be?
Not actually a wild animal, but if I could have one of those rideable Texas longhorn cattle, I would be the happiest man. I would ride it everywhere. I would ride it from the dining room to the kitchen.
 

Ozriel

Inglorious Bastard
I want a Tegu.

If I did have a choice for an exotic and I lived in the countryside, I'd like a hawk.
 

Onnes

Member
As cool as it would be to have a pet Quetzalcoatlus I feel obliged to limit it to things that take well to captivity and don't want to eat me. A tree monitor would be cool.
 

Rictus Goat

Pygmy Dope
Oh I forgot about skunks. They're supposed to be very pleasant as pets. People look at me like I'm crazy, but it's true. I've met a tame skunk before; very mellow and nice to pet!
I want one. So. Very Bad. :C UNFORTUNATELY... I live in Michigan- where the law is that I must purchase one bred in state... which means it's striped. Which comes to a problem for when I go to move to Canada to live happily ever after with my husband since striped skunks are illegal as pets. So... I lose. :C

That should be my answer to what I think of the subject of exotic pets, as well. I think, honestly, that exotic pets are acceptable as long as the person has the means to take care of them... BUT... I also believe that of non-exotics. If you have the means, the times, and the patience to work with and care for the animals... I don't see the problem.
 

Kit H. Ruppell

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This thread does raise a question though-
If you could have any creature as a pet, be it still alive/extinct/fictional/real, with all the resources needed to keep it safely and feed it what would it be?
Citra
 

Tiger In A Tie

Say what now?
I have two sugar gliders (brothers) and a parrot. Gliders are not an impulse pet; they have very specific needs. They need a diet with a balanced calcium:phosphorus ratio, too much phosphorus can cause Hind Leg Paralysis. There is also a liquid food called BML, specific ingredients. They need a large place to run and jump and play, their cage must stay very clean, and they absolutely need a lot of socialism, especially if you only have one- my gliders are brothers. People assume that since gliders (to some people) look like rodents, they can feed them hamster food. NOPE, gliders aren't meant for food like that.

Our parrot...I could go on fora long time about his needs and care. But again, he takes a looot of knowledge to be taken care of properly. Thankfully the store we got him from helped guide us- and still guides us occasionally- to raise him right.

ANYWAYS. Big cats as pets? No. They have not been domesticated and as friendly as a "pet' may be, they are still wild and still very able to attack and kill their owner,
 

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Ah, but vets still classify them as 'exotic'. Rats are considered exotic too. >__>
. . . Both species have been domesticated for thousands of years. If vets do that, it's probably because they just aren't common enough pets for most vets to have received extensive training on them, not because they can actually be argued to be wild animals.
 

BouncyOtter

Member
There are a few "exotic" animals that I think would be fun have as pets, but I'm sure they are illegal to own and I'd need a much, much larger living area for them.

If everything works out well with school, then sometime in the fall, I'd love to finally be able to get a ferret (been seriously wanting one for 8-10 years). I've always loved them.
 
*shrugs* To most vets, if it isn't a cat, dog or horse, it is exotic... and it can be hard to find a vet. If you are able to, they charge a lot more. >___>

Yeah, ferrets aren't classified as exotics in norway, but a lot of vets put them under exotics anyway. Maybe its because they don't know how to treat them properly and they don't want to say that they can't.
 

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*shrugs* To most vets, if it isn't a cat, dog or horse, it is exotic... and it can be hard to find a vet. If you are able to, they charge a lot more. >___>
I can't imagine it actually changes their legal identification, though, at least in most places. (California notwithstanding. What doesn't California ban, though?)

My vet didn't charge too much to see my guinea pigs or rats, though. No more than they do for my cat.
 
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