So cute and tiny we could put them in our pockets! They require special housing and food, but as long as owners are conscientious, hedgehogs are quiet and relatively easy to care for. A diet rich in insects, mealworms, and veggies works best. Padded enclosures with soft bedding help their teeny tiny sensitive feet.
They look adorable while curled up into a ball, but this usually means they are scared. Dreaming of hedgehog snuggles? Young hedgehogs are easier to socialize with than older ones. It’s legal to keep one in most U.S. states except in California, Georgia, Hawaii, New York, Omaha, Nebraska, and Washington, D.C.
The magical Cockatiel is every bird owner’s dream — quiet, intelligent, and won’t bite friends who visit! Anyone can keep them as pets. It’s perfectly legal across the country. The most common cockatiels have yellow faces and crests, bright orange cheek patches, and grey bodies. But you will also find them in other stunning colors.
These little birds love attention. Remember to be generous with the scratches, cheek rubs, and feather strokes! Male cockatiels also mimic speech and can be wildly entertaining.
Most people dismiss opossums as disease-ridden, bad-tempered marsupials. But the few people who keep them as pets know better! Opossums can be cuddly, playful companions but need plenty of exercise.
In the wild, they explore, sleep upside down, and climb all the time. Opossum owners face the impossible task of recreating this environment at home while keeping up with all the energy! They thrive best under the care of trained professionals or wildlife rehabilitators. Check with your local municipality if it is legal to own opossums in your area.
The United States has several armadillo species in the wild. Yet, only a handful can be domesticated. The three-banded armadillo is the most popular. All armadillos are solitary animals that socialize purely to mate and raise baby armadillos. They enjoy roaming the territory at night, burrowing deep in the soil to forage insects or worms.
Safe to say that armadillos are outdoor animals. Plus, their unmistakable musky odor precludes the need to stay outside! Since armadillos are wild animals, check your local laws to ensure you can own one.
Ball pythons are hardly “unusual” for reptile owners. Long considered puppies of the reptile universe, ball pythons are adorable. Far from long and slender, ball pythons are thick, round, and have large eyes.
These gentle pythons are ideal pets for new reptile owners and even kids. What do they eat? Mostly rats and mice every 1-2 weeks, but you can also feed them frozen rodents. Caring for ball pythons is a breeze — once you nail the humidity and heat inside enclosures. It is legal to own ball pythons in all states except Hawaii.