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The Top 8 Best Exotic Pets to Keep

Updated on May 26, 2017
A leopard gecko
A leopard gecko

The popularity of exotic pets have been increasing every year. It's because exotic pets are interesting and easy to take care. Unlike dog, you don't have to walk your exotic pets every day. I'm not talking about exotic pet like bear, tiger and all of those wild animal. I'm talking about those cute geckos you can keep inside your house. Many people enjoy having exotic pets, however if you're a beginner, you must realize that not all exotic pets are easy to keep. Here are the The Top 8 Best Exotic Pet To Keep.

#8 Fire bellied toad

Some people think this as a bad pet because it is poisonous. This is actually one of the best exotic pets to keep for beginner, that's why I it put on this list. Handling them should be minimized, but if you have to handle them, you are strongly recommended to wash your hand after handling. A semi-aquatic setup measuring 24 x 12 x 12 inches (60 x 30 x 30 cm ) is perfect for a small group of 3 to 5 adults. Half of the aquarium should be filled with water of about 3 - 4 inches (7.5 - 10 cm) and the other half should be land area. This frog should be kept at a temperature of 68 - 77°F (20 - 25ºC). Light isn't necessary, unless you have living plant inside your aquarium. Daily feeding and water changes is necessary. You can feed your frog insect such as cricket or mealworm. The water should be kept clean by changing 50% of the water every 1 - 2 weeks.

A fire bellied toad
A fire bellied toad
Axolotl is a great pet for beginner
Axolotl is a great pet for beginner

#7 Axolotl

Axolotl is a good amphibian to keep, They rarely hide and they are a good display animal. Axolotl is the larval form of Mexican salamander, but they never change form. They're an aquatic animal and only live in water, although sometimes they do come to the surface. An aquatic setup measuring about 24 x 12 x 12 (60 x 30 x 30) is perfect for 1 to 3 adults. Fill the aquarium with water and use pebbles or rocks as a substrate. Gravel is not suitable because they can accidentally eat them when eating. The water temperature should be between 59 - 68°F (15 - 68°C) and should be kept clean by doing daily water changes. Light isn't necessary, unless you provide them with living plant. Axolotl will eat almost anything from small insect, fish, pellets or even pieces of meat. They're a great pet for beginner.

A red eared slider turtle
A red eared slider turtle
A juvenile red eared slider turtle
A juvenile red eared slider turtle

#6 Red eared slider turtle

As the name suggest, this turtle got his name from the red stripe on the side of their head. This turtle can becomes really tame in captivity. They require a lot of space because they can grow up to 12 inches. Juveniles can live in small aquarium, but adults will need a very large aquarium. It is best to keep this turtle outside in a small pond. If you keep them inside in an aquarium, you'll need a semi-aquatic setup with half of the area filled with water and the other half should be land area. The land area should have a spotlight above for the turtle to bask. They can be kept in a temperature of 77 - 82°F (25 - 28°C). The basking area should have a higher temperature. Daily feeding and water changes is necessary. They will eat turtle food available at the store, but vegetable, cricket, bloodworm, earthworm, and other small insect should be included on their diet. The only drawback is they require a lot of space when they grow up, other than that, they're a good pet.

#5 Kingsnake

Most kingsnake can be handled easily and they rarely, if ever, bite. They are, like any other snake, are very territorial. So you should never ever put more than one in a cage, otherwise one of them is going to try to eat the other. A terrarium measuring 40 x 20 x 10 inches (100 x 50 x 25 cm) is suitable for an adult. A heat mat placed under one end of the cage is required, so it will create a thermal gradient ranging from 68 - 82°F (20 - 28°C). This is necessary so your snake could choose its preferred temperature. It also need a substrate, water bowl big enough for the snake to soak itself and at least 2 hide boxes placed at both end of the cage. Feeding your snake once a week, water change and cleaning is needed. Feed your snake either live or frozen mice.

A kingsnake
A kingsnake
Corn snake
Corn snake

#4 Corn snake

Corn snake is a popular pet snake that have been kept by many reptile keepers. They look interesting with their bright, orange color. They can easily be handled, although some might be nervous. A terrarium with measuring 24 x 18 x 10 inches (60 x 45 x 25 cm) is suitable for an adult. Height isn't really important, although it should have a cover. It will need a substrate, hide boxes placed on both end of the cage and a water bowl big enough for the snake to soak itself. The cage need to have a heat mat placed under one end of the cage, so it created a thermal gradient reaching around 68 - 82°F (20- 28°C). Lighting is not necessary, but feeding your snake once a week and daily water change is necessary. You can feed your snake live mice or frozen mice.

A corn snake with their bright, orange color
A corn snake with their bright, orange color
The albino form of ball python
The albino form of ball python
The wild form of ball python
The wild form of ball python

#3 Ball python

The ball python, also known as the royal python, is a perfect choice for a beginner. It's one of the most popular and most kept snake. If they feel annoyed or threatened, they will change their form to a ball with its head in the middle to protect itself, which is how they got their name. They're very calm and can be handled easily. They also come in different form and color. A terrarium measuring about 40 x 20 x 10 inches (100 x 50 x 25 cm) is suitable for an adult. They are very territorial, which is why you should never ever keep more than one in a cage. A thermal gradient ranging from 78 - 95°F (25 - 35°C) is necessary. This can be done by putting a heat mat under one end of the cage. Feeding them once a week with small mammals such as mice is required. The size of the food should not be bigger than the biggest part of the snake's stomach. Ball python are a good choice for a beginner.

#2 Bearded dragon

One of the most popular exotic pets kept by reptile keepers. They are easy to keep and very hardy. They can become very tame and most of them enjoy handling. They originate from Australia and can live for more than 10 years. A terrarium measuring 48 x 20 x 20 inches (122 x 60 x 60 cm) is perfect for an adult or a pair of bearded dragons. Juveniles should be kept in smaller enclosure. The cage should have a substrate of reptile sand or reptile carpet, A water bowl and a heat lamp for it to bask. Hot and dry conditions are required for this animal. A temperature of 68 - 77°F (20 - 25°C) and a temperature of 85 - 105°F (29 - 40°C) under the basking light is required. Adults can eat some vegetable, but juveniles should be fed with small insects such as crickets.

A bearded dragon
A bearded dragon

#1 Leopard gecko

The leopard gecko is popular pet, only bearded dragon is as popular as leopard gecko. This is because they can be easily tamed and they're very hardy and placid. Unlike most gecko, leopard gecko have eyelids. They can be handled easily and they rarely, if ever, bite. A terrarium measuring 24 x 12 x 10 inches (60 x 30 x 25 cm) is perfect for an adult or a pair of leopard gecko. They can be kept in a paper substrate. Sand is not recommended, as they often accidentally swallow them, which can effect their ingest system. The cage should have a thermal gradient ranging around 68 - 82°F (20 - 28°C). Light is not required, as they're a nocturnal animal. The cage should also have 2 hiding places placed on both end of the cage and a water bowl. Daily feeding is necessary. Feed them small insect such as crickets. The size of their food should not be bigger than the distance between their eye. Leopard gecko is an ideal pet for beginner

The leopard gecko is an ideal pet for beginner
The leopard gecko is an ideal pet for beginner

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