For anyone with the means, energy, and patience, anteaters will make great pets. Not as a form of termite or pest control! Among the four anteater species, the diminutive lesser anteaters are best-suited for human companionship. It’s best to raise lesser anteaters from birth to get them comfortable around humans and other pets.
Anteaters benefit from plenty of climbing opportunities. They also eat tons of protein – almost 10,000 ants and termites daily. You may want to think about how to procure this daily before bringing an anteater home! While it’s legal at a federal level to own anteaters, different states may have varying ordinances.
You had us at baby goats! What’s not to love? We can’t get enough of pygmy goat videos and the sweet, hilarious mischief they get up to! Pygmy goats are usually friendly and happy doing their thing – jumping around, playing, and eating. Make sure you have enough space for them to run around.
They make excellent companions for children but thrive around fellow goats. Without companionship, pygmy goats tend to get easily depressed and lethargic. If you want to bring some goats home, we have good news! Pygmy goats are legal to own in most states.
We can’t train a chipmunk acapella group anytime soon, but can we still keep them as pets? The chipmunk’s adorable face can tempt any animal lover to bring one home. They seem innocent and harmless, but unless you raise them from birth chipmunks will not allow you to touch them. Patience, love, and plenty of space help chipmunks warm up to humans.
Aside from the high costs of buying one (it’s legal), chipmunks are relatively low-maintenance afterward. They sleep and eat when humans do. Chipmunks are odorless and don’t need bathing. What these hyperactive animals need is enough room.
Leopard geckos are legal to keep and some of the easiest reptiles to look after – especially for owners who are night owls. Mostly quiet otherwise, leopard geckos become active in dimly lit rooms or terrariums. Unlike other lizards, geckos are exclusively carnivorous and feed on live insects.
No plants or vegetables for this one, please! It’s best to raise them as hatchlings – ideally, two geckos in a small tank. The longer leopard geckos are around people, the friendlier they become. Just don’t go expecting overt affection.
Genets aren’t your typical family pet or cuddly by a long shot. But they can be ideal for those who like independent, aloof pets that need no walking or cuddling. Keeping them locked in a cage is outright cruel.
Genets are wild animals that need open spaces. A spacious enclosure, sanctuary, or ethical zoo is ideal for genets. They get along fine with other dogs and cats if they’ve grown up together. Genets can fall under exotic pet laws, so it’s best to check state ordinances if you’re planning to keep one.