If you’re looking for an interesting, out of the ordinary pet besides your average cat
or dog, an exotic animal may be just the answer you’ve been looking for. Several exotic species of animals can make wonderful pets, but what exactly constitutes an “exotic pet” and would you be able to truly care for one?

Of course the list of exotic animals is a rather long one, here are some of the more common types of exotic, or non-traditional pets:

    * Snakes
    * Lizards
    * Frogs
    * Turtles
    * Exotic or rare species of cats, fish, or birds
    * Hedgehogs
    * Spiders
    * Monkeys (Possibly illegal in some parts of the world.)

It’s important to consider the reason behind wanting an exotic animal as a pet. If it’s simply to show the animal off to friends or family, then perhaps these types of pets aren’t for you.

An exotic animal requires a serious commitment as they need a lot of care and attention, special types of food, housing, and veterinary care.

If, however, you’re certain you have the ability and the time to properly care for an exotic animal, then by all means get the pet of your dreams, but not without doing plenty of research first. Learn all you can about the particular type of pet you’d like to own, as well as making certain it’s legal to own that type of animal in your area.

* Size: Consider the size of the animal when they are a full-grown adult. Will you have the room or ability to accommodate a pet of that size? Also consider that the larger the animal, the more difficult it may be to control.

* Food Requirements: Many types of exotic animals will have special nutritional requirements to take into consideration. Will you have regular access to a supplier of the food your pet will need?

* Housing or Cage: Find out what type of housing or cage your pet will need and be sure you have adequate space.

* Expenses: Often times, beginning expenses such as food, veterinary care, housing, and other supplies are more expensive than the initial cost of the animal. So it makes sense to be financially prepared to care for this type of pet before thinking of owning one.

* Veterinary Care: Make sure you’re able to locate a vet that is willing and able to care for your type of exotic animal before buying one.

* Sociability Issues: What type of animal are you looking for? One that enjoys plenty of company, being handled frequently, and around people often, or would you rather one that doesn’t require a lot of attention and prefers a more low-key existence?

* Compatibility: Take into consideration the pets you may already have in your home before bringing an exotic animal home. Will all of the animals be able to adjust to one another safely and happily? Also, if you have children, it’s imperative that it’s safe for them to be near your new pet at all times. Some types of animals may be aggressive, or even dangerous, so obviously you won’t want to choose a pet from this category.

* Behavior: Some types of animals are destructive by nature, having the need to dig or chew, and may require specific training in order to be suitable house pets.

* Health and Longevity Concerns: Many types of exotic pets live for several years, even outliving their human owners in some cases, so be sure you’re prepared for a potential lifelong commitment. Will you have someone able to care for them if you go on vacation, move, or become ill? Also, some types of animals may transmit diseases to humans, so you’ll want to be sure that everyone in your home is healthy and not susceptible to any types of infection or illness.

Just like any type of pet, exotic animals are sure to give their owners so many years of joy and happiness. After you’ve properly prepared for the newest member of the family, have fun introducing your exotic pet to their new, loving home!