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Weirdest Animals You Never Knew Could be Kept as Pets.

Updated on January 8, 2020
A rare view of some weird animals in the world.
A rare view of some weird animals in the world.

Amazing Creatures.

The world is full of unending surprises and when you think you have seen it all then sorry, you are yet to see anything. World's rare and weird animals are now not let to remain in the wild in hiding any more, as they are increasingly attracting the attention of humans who not only want to see them, but also to keep them as pets.

Some of these animals are scary to many and they wouldn't even look at them twice leave alone thinking of keeping one as a pet. That notwithstanding, some others find an insatiable thirst to be more close to these animals than the fearful ones think they ought to be. Let's take a look at some of these animals and why they attract human's attention.

1. The Peacock Spider.

The Peacock Spider.
The Peacock Spider. | Source

If you have been to Australia then probably you've come across these multi-colored species of the dreaded arachnid family. Peacock spider would stand out as one of the coolest in the spider family and with somehow weird traits. They are probably named 'Peacock' due to their multi-color nature and their tendency of displaying their beauty to whoever cares to stare.

Top View of the Peacock Spider.
Top View of the Peacock Spider. | Source

Looking at its sparkling beauty, it makes me start rethinking my strong stand of never coming near a spider or ever crossing paths with one. This might be the reason a lot of people are now desiring to find this spider and keep one for a pet.

Scientists claim they have traits similar to those of cats or dogs which are arguably two of the best pet animals and friends to humans. This could just be another reason many are trying to give these spiders a pet chance.

Here are some quick facts about the peacock spider.

Quick Facts About Peacock Spider.

  • Origin- Australian coastal areas.
  • Scientific Name- Maratus Salticidae.
  • Size- Very small (3.5mm-6.5mm in length).
  • Survival Techniques- Stalk and Leap upon their prey for food.
  • Attractive Traits- Dancing: Especially the males when courting the females.
  • Appearance- Multicoloured with males having bright metallic coloured abdomen of orange, blue, red and green.

Check out This Dance Move From the Peacock Spider.

2. The Sneezing Monkey.

Your'e staring at a sneezing monkey at the moment.
Your'e staring at a sneezing monkey at the moment. | Source

Covered almost entirely with black fur, with a little white fur on its ear tufts, chin beard and perineal area, wide upturned nostrils and prominent lips they are undoubtedly the cutest of the ape family. Their upturned nostrils fill with water when it rains causing the monkeys to sneeze. This feature is peculiar to this species only.

Its naked pink face gives it an attractive and cute demeanor that makes it stand out among the rest of the primates.It is thrilling to stare at it as it move about carrying its daily activities.

With the risk of extinction lurking around it, the monkey is highly protected and conserved but not to mean one can not acquire a legal go ahead to keep one as a pet since there are about 400 of them increasing in the forests of Myanmar.

Facts About the Sneezing Monkey

  • This species is found in the forests of northern Burma and are estimated to be only around 400 in number.
  • Its tail is said to be one-and-a-half times longer than its body length.
  • It's mainly easy to find in the rains.
  • They spend their summer in mixed temperate forests and during winter they move closer to the villages.
  • Its Scientific name is Rhinopithecus Strykeri.

The sneezing monkey of Myanmar.

3. The Tarantulas.

A rare image of a blue Tarantula.
A rare image of a blue Tarantula.

The Tarantula is commonly known to many because of their large hairy bodies and legs. They look scary and would drive shivers down your spine especially if you are one who dreads anything from the arachnids family. Despite its giant demeanor, this spider is less harmful to humans, save for its painful bite. Its poison is much less stronger than that of a bee and therefore cannot be a factor to worry about.

You would love to see below.

A beautiful tarantula showcasing it's beauty.
A beautiful tarantula showcasing it's beauty.

Arachnids enthusiasts can have a smile because Tarantula comes in different sizes and colors giving you a wider scope to choose from. They have an interesting lifestyle in which they undergo a process known as molting, whereby the shed their external skeleton and also replace internal organs such as female genitalia and stomach lining and even regrow lost appendages.

Well if you wished to have a Tarantula for a pest and feared that it could probably poison you, then now you know it can't. Take a breath of relief and go out there and bring your love home!

Fun Facts About Tarantulas.

Another cute Tarantula.
Another cute Tarantula.
  • They are cold blooded.
  • They are the largest spiders on earth.
  • They are carnivorous. They feed on mostly on insects with the larger ones feeding on birds, mice, lizards and frogs.
  • They are nocturnal.
  • Can live for up to 30 years! Especially the female species.
  • Females lay up to 2,000 eggs at a time.

4. The Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

The Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
The Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

Some of you might probably by now be covering their eyes with and murmuring in dismay. Wait, you haven't read about this giant cockroach yet. With its slow nature, Inability to sting and bite you, You can probably have a soft heart for this creature. It appears to be a darling to many especially women and kids.

Facts About the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach.

  • Shiny brown in colour with dark head and legs.
  • It has a flat and oval body shape.
  • They grow up to 2.5 inches long.
  • Produce a startling hissing noise when disturbed.
  • Can be fed fish, lettuce and oak leaves.
  • Females are ovoviviparous.
  • Can live for up to 3 years as pets.
  • No odor associated with them or their feces.

They are very easy to take care of as they can survive on organic matter and can be confined in transparent and spacious containers. Do not hesitate to give your imaginations of having these cockroaches as a pet a practical touch.

Tabular Comparison of the Four Animals

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Comparison Factors  
The Peacock Spider  
Sneezing Monkey  
The Hissing Madagascar Cockroach  
Outstanding Features.
Beautiful and appealing colors.
Sneezing nature and upturned nose.
Giant hairy body with a mix of beautiful colors.
The hissing nature.
Somehow rare to find.
Very Rare. Just about 400 of them available.
Somehow much available.
Very much available.
Ease of Keeping.
Somehow easy to keep.
Cheeky and somehow challenging to keep.
Easy to keep.
Very easy to keep.


Some of these animals are rare and endangered species which might be so hard to come by. It is vitally important to go through all the requisite procedure if in need of habouring one into your home.

Pets are humanizing. They remind us we have an obligation and responsibility to preserve and nurture and care for all life.

James Cromwell.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

© 2020 Fahim Rana


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      Aishatu Ali 

      2 months ago from Rabwah, Pakistan

      Pet cockroach, LOL! Thank you for an entertaining and informative read!


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