Exotic pets are wild animals gone domestic; explore the absurd, fascinating and sometimes illegal exotic pet industry.
The Silent Epidemic
As a reptile rescue, we have seen the trends come and go. Fluctuations in what reptiles are "in" and what are on the down-slide. Originating countless years ago, when the reptile trade began, there was little knowledge of husbandry, and as a result, many of these reptiles died of bad practices. Let alone the fact that many of the "captive" reptiles at the time were wild-caught and forced into the pet trade. Once again, we have seen a new trend that we fear has contributed to the rise in uneducated reptile owners, the COVID-19 Pandemic. For many, this doesn't seem like a likely contributor. But let us tell you why it's the complete opposite.
When you think of a rat does your mind run to plagues, sewers, and disease? Well, I like to think of them from my childhood role model, Master Splinter.
5 Animals I'd Love to Adopt if I Owned a Menagerie (and Wasn't Such a Cat Lady)
Maybe you're like me and you watch movies like The Lion King or Zootopia and say, "Gee, I'd love to be surrounded by animals like that all the time. Wouldn't that be fun?" Though I'm not a fan of zoos and the idea of animal captivity, it has crossed my mind more than once that I'd someday love to donate some income towards the goal of sustaining a wildlife preserve somewhere in the world. The work of Joel Sartore first helped me come to this realization in the way his photos capture animals who are so near to disappearing from this earth entirely. Every time I hear about certain species going extinct, my heart clenches a little bit. Given how much good humans are capable of, we should never have to say goodbye to an entire subset of animals, especially if the threats are things we could work to reverse (such as the dangers of climate change and the realities of poaching in certain areas of the world).
Our Remy, Rescued
When it comes to adopting pets, it's most common to go to a shelter that houses dogs and cats looking for their new — permanent — forever home. Depending on the place will determine whether or not they house other animals, such as birds and reptiles.
A Short Guide on Keeping a Chinchilla
The cage These are the cages made by my husband for our two chinchillas. The pet might be small (average weight is about one pound), but it needs a lot of space. A good cage should contain everything your pet needs: a wheel, a hammock, several levels of shelves, a hayloft, a small wooden house, a feeder, a drinking bowl, chalk, salt, and toys to chew on. If you buy something for the house, avoid plastics. Opt for wood: The beast will smash it but at least it will not be poisoned by it.
Clown Care: The Disturbing and Fascinating World of Pet Clowns
Pet Clowns? Imagine you’re out for a walk, when you hear something rustling in the bushes. Instead of a bird, or a squirrel, a tiny, cherubic clown emerges, frowning. Its costume is colorless, and when it honks its nose at you, the sound is sad and deflated.
As in... Camouflage?
Another hour, another state. Me and my family were traveling across country to pick up a new exotic pet from a shelter in Tuttle, Oklahoma. As we rode in my dad’s work Tahoe, I couldn’t stop thinking about the moment that the brand-new animal would enter our lives. We were all looking forward to it, but I knew that my mom was anticipating the moment more than any one of us, including myself. I can still remember the day that we had first set eyes on the wonderful creature. Me and my mom were just sitting down, flipping through the pages of the Wild Life Explorer when we came across an article about the Fennec fox: a beautiful, wild African desert fox. My mother instantly fell in love with the idea of owning one and sought to make her fantasy become reality. So, over the course of the next few months, she had dug up as much research as she could covering the subject. She figured up the feeding costs, planned out the sleeping area, prepared the house to house and accept the new-comer (“fox-proofing”, she called it). She searched for fox breeders within the U.S., and when she came across the “Zoo to You” program and saw that they were willing to sell, she leapt at the opportunity and purchased a little baby fox in Oklahoma. The down side (aside from the absurd cost, that is): we were required to drive there and pick it up. However, this was a simple delay to my mom, and she new that it would be worth it in the end, for she would have in her possession, as she worded it, “The cutest little thing I’ve ever seen!”
Tortoises have become an unexpected part of my househould. Browsing a reptile convention in college, I didnt know that a tortoise breeder would convince me to take one home that same day. Soon enough, that friend turned into three. Now I own a redfoot, a sulcata, and a russian tortoise. Together, they are deemed: "The High Council of the Tortoise." I usually picture them in long black robes with the wisdom of many ages, talking about the future of humanity in a dimly lit temple. Scary. Yet, in reality, they sit in the corner with a grouchy stare waiting to be fed.
Brutus hid behind a rock wall as he stalked his prey. The plants surrounding him were tropical and big. He had plenty of camouflage if he needed it. His prey turned their head towards him and he sprung into the dirt. There was a pond right beside him with koi fish inside. He thought to himself 'that was lucky. Don't want to get sick.' As a small dragon Brutus can catch a cold if he gets even the slightest bit chilly.
The Farmer's Youngest Son
I put my arms around Winston’s neck and gave him one last hug. My arms barely circled half of him. I didn’t want to let go. I know what's going to happen after I do.
Nigerian Lady Keeps Goat as Pet and Advices On Why We Should Do Same.
Not a dog or a cat - a goat. Traditionally, when you hear the word “pet”, certain specific animals come to mind. For the most part, you think ‘dog’, ‘cat’, ‘fish’, etc. Never is the word ‘goat’ associated with the idea of a pet, especially here in Nigeria.
"Hi, would you like to sign up for duck whispering?" The lady starts. My friend and I look at each other. "Duck whispering?" I repeat back. "Don't do this, Carlo." My friend and associate hisses in my ear, "We need to make it to the--"