September 29, 2006

The exotic pet boom

Although the most popular animals at home and the most favorite of grownups and children in special are still dogs and cats, in recent years there is an increasing boom of exotic pets, such as, ferrets, iguanas, snakes, and even crocodiles and sharks. These species come from faraway places, which supposes a higher cost, not only for their freight, but also for the special care and grooming they require.

So, before you buy one, it is better you are informed and conscious of treating it right. Besides, you have to consider that these pets suffer an important environmental and climatic change, for this, it would not be recommendable to buy an animal that would be unhappy at a home space.

Exotic pet recommendations

When you choose a pet you have to evaluate the pros and cons of each one, of the facility of living with it and its capacity to survive and live comfortably out of its natural habitat. Therefore, the first thing you have to take into account is that exotic animals, as snakes, iguanas or the different types of turtles are specially vulnerable at habitat and feeding change.

This way, the best is buying these animals at a specialized exotic pet store, where they can provide you useful advice and instructions on exotic pet care and nutrition.

In addition to this, get in contact with any relative or friend who has an exotic pet of the same specie of the one you want, to give you an idea of how it is really living with an exotic animal (which you can not always find in animals books).

Definitely, the most suitable thing is adapting your home’s environment to the animal’s needs, considering it comes after a long trip in –sometimes- not so good conditions. For this, and the increment of the illegal traffic of exotic animals, it is recommended to buy them in a specialized exotic pet shop that can guarantee accurate animal health conditions.

In case you choose a snake or iguana pet, it is recommended to build a terrarium to create a space similar to the pet’s habitat. This method also works for chicken spiders and ground hedgehog.


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