Exotic pets are wild animals gone domestic; explore the absurd, fascinating and sometimes illegal exotic pet industry.
Bearded Dragon Set Up 101
Bearded Dragons, also affectionately referred to as "beardies," are a type of desert reptile native to Australia that also happen to make awesome pets. As with any pet, there are things that you need to do in order to ensure they can live life to the fullest.
Pot Belly Pigs as a Pet
A few days before my birthday I really wanted a pot belly pig. I looked online for a baby pig around my area for sale but I didn't have any luck. A close friend of mine knew this lady who owned a farm and was willing to let me take home two female pot belly pigs for free! I was hesitant because no one gives away two healthy animals for free. When I met the lady at the farm she explained to me that the pigs are no use to her that she needs more room for other animals at the farm. She went into the pig pen and removed a plastic house that the two pigs stayed in. When I saw them they were both cuddled up next to each other one pig was pink and the other was black. To be honest I didn't know much about pigs at the time and I became nervous. You could tell the pigs weren't tamed and I started to think maybe this wasn't such a good idea. The lady put some food in a carrier and guided the pigs in there slowly. She quickly slammed the carrier door shut and put them in the backseat of my car. I asked her many different questions about the pigs but she didn't seem interested in answering them. I thanked her for the pigs and went straight home. When I arrived to my house I picked up the carrier with most of my strength and slowly got them inside. I remember getting a burst of excitement because I finally got what I've always wanted.
The Year I Owned a Pot Belly Pig
The day of the week doesn't matter. I couldn't remember it if I tried. It was summer though, June 2014. Haili and I were having lunch, went for a drive, picked up her little cousin — the usual things to keep you busy in a small town with nothing to do. We joked about going to get Cousin a new bunny to take home and surprise her dad. Too bad there weren't any bunnies at the feed store that day. They did have pot belly pigs, though.
My Exotic Family
I have had a passion for animals since I was a small child. My earliest memories consist of catching bugs from a nearby pond. Frogs and grasshoppers were my favorite.
The True Confessions of Rascal the Pig
Talk about being around to experience a first, here’s a chance for you to do just that. After all, when was the last time you read anything written by a pig? That said, let me introduce myself. My name is Rascal. A name given me by a very nice human female named Ruby. I am a very fortunate pig to be adopted into Ruby’s family back when I was just the littlest of piglets.
Snake Keeping - It's Easier than You Think!
Snakes can be some of the most rewarding pets in any animal lover's collection. Choosing one of these stunning reptiles as a pet may seem a bit intimidating, however, there are several reasons why snakes make the perfect pets.
Tortoise Keeping 101
Tortoises are one of the oldest organisms on the earth today. They have survived meteors, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, ice ages, etc. This makes them great pets because their resilience makes them very hard to kill. However, they do need proper care and attention. Tortoises are found all over the planet. The Sulcata (pictured above in my hand) is found in the grasslands of Africa. They are smaller than a golf ball at birth but within five years of proper care, they can reach the size of a pumpkin, with sexually-matured adults reaching the size of a beach ball. The Sulcatas are popular in warmer states such as Arizona, California, Texas, and Nevada. They roam around backyards and eat weeds and grass and can with stand temperatures of 120 degrees Fahrenheit in summer and 50 degrees in winter. But unfortunately, since these tortoises thrive here in the southwest, people tend to accidentally and purposely breed them all the time. If you are thinking about adopting or buying a Sulcata, here are some quick tips to make sure they stay healthy.
Life of a Snake Hustler Part 1
What is responsible breeding? Like anything where you are bringing living breathing creatures (humans included) into the world. It's very tough to decide what constitutes ethics and ethical breeding. Generally it classes reptile companies into 2 subsets. You have the make money operations focused on pumping out large numbers of reptiles to distribute often to pet stores, and you have the hobby breeders who love wholeheartedly what they are doing. There are a few odd cases of people who manage to straddle the gap between a make-money and a labour of love, but it remains a tricky balance.
What You Need To Know Before Owning Sugar Gliders
Recently, Sugar Gliders are receiving more and more attention on the internet through viral videos of owners feeding their own or showing their amazing gliding abilities. However, whilst this new found fame for these tiny creatures is helping to raise awareness of them, it is also causing the spread of incorrect information on how to properly keep and care for said animal. The aim of this guide is to hopefully give some insight and clear up any misinformation or queries.
Iguanas: The Vegan Lizard
Many of us know that iguanas feed solely on plant matter, but the reason why goes much deeper than vegetation just being the most readily available food stuffs. Members of the Iguanidae family are described as being true herbivores, the reason for this is to do with their specially adapted digestive system.
With raccoons, the first thing that comes to mind is a fat animal that knocks your trash over at night. Cute but also wild.
Rats Can Be Pets, Too!
If you mention a rat anywhere in New York, you'll be met with looks of disgust and stories of when homes were infested with the giant rodents. The image most people see of rats is one of an illness-carrying parasite or something along those lines.