If it’s unusual pets you seek, we’re here to ensure the list gets progressively weirder. How about a giant millipede as a beginner exotic pet? It’s legal to keep them everywhere in the United States. Millipedes rank high on everyone’s list of terrifying “creepy crawlies.”
Did we mention they can have like 400 legs? Despite that, millipedes are actually slow-moving and generally docile and harmless. But remember to wash your hands after handling them since they can secrete a toxic substance when alarmed. They eat commonly-found vegetables and only need an aquarium tank with regulated humidity and warm light.
Are you having a bad day? The tiny Fennec Fox and its oversized ears are here to make everything okay! But they do require special care and socialization. These inherent neat freaks are more than happy to use a litterbox indoors. Things to consider? Their energy and noise levels are the highest at night!
Plus, they are prone to being jittery – like maybe they had one too many cups of coffee! Sounds too close to home? You may have found the perfect companion. Keeping Fennec foxes is illegal in Minnesota, Washington, Missouri, and Nevada. Other states might require permits or health certificates.
The revered Silver Arowana is a powerful predatory fish native to the Amazon Rivers. This aggressive fish is, by no means, a pet for beginners. They are the domain of experienced hobbyists looking to add to their exotic fish collection.
Arowana can grow up to 4ft in length. They are best known for jumping out of water in short bursts to prey on unsuspecting animals on low-lying tree branches. Arowanas stay healthy in controlled environments and with high-quality food. Owning them isn’t banned at a federal level, though you might want to check local ordinances.
Pint-sized squirrels make our hearts melt. Imagine those tiny arms and legs stretching to glide from tree to tree. Flying squirrels are nocturnal creatures, and the forest canopy is their playground. Tiny creatures with huge personalities, keeping flying squirrels as pets is fun. When socialized well, they also form loving bonds with their humans.
But they need hands-on attention and socialization too. Owners will need to supervise these frisky pets. For these reasons, flying squirrels aren’t ideal for homes with kids. There’s only so much supervision you can do! Flying squirrels are legal to own in most U.S. states.
Tarantulas are quiet, low-maintenance pets. All they want is to be left alone. They loathe being handled in any way – so would you give a spider some space, please? By space, we mean dark corners where they can crawl until their next meal. Tarantulas feast on mealworms, crickets, or roaches.
Remember, these escape artists won't miss an opportunity to bolt. So, a ventilated cage with a secure lid is of the utmost importance! It’s legal to keep tarantulas in most states, but always good to check local laws.