Would you ever get one of these?
Are you looking for a pet that’s a little “different” than your average old cat or dog? You might not have realized that it’s perfectly legal to own a wide variety of animals in your home that people might find odd. Though the laws differ from state to state, and you should definitely check with your local authorities, owning one of these can make your home into your own wild kingdom, and give you a cool new friend, too!
The world’s largest rodent is a native of South America. They can weigh up to 140 pounds and enjoy swimming. Experts say capybaras prefer to live in groups, so it’s better to adopt more than one.
Capybaras are legal in Texas and Pennsylvania. These things can actually make cats look like mouses when it comes to size. And do you see that giant nose? Don’t you want that sniffing around your living room for food? The only thing is, these will probably cost you around $500 just to get one… and that’s if you can find one for sale!
They’re basically guinea pigs on steroids. They’re closely related to the guinea pig, and they’re also related closely to chinchillas. These animals have webbed feet, which makes them great swimmers. They can also hold their breath for over five minutes! If you get one, take it for a swim with you at your local pool!
Also known as pagonas, bearded dragons include eight species of lizards whose throats turn black if they are stressed or see a potential rival. The central bearded dragon and Rankin’s bearded dragon are the species most often kept as pets, and are popular for their friendly and calm nature, and the relative ease of caring for them.
Bearded dragons grow to be between 16-24 inches long and weigh from 10-20 ounces. They usually live for 8-12 years. They’ll usually cost around $50 if you want a healthy one. They make good pets and they’re actually surprisingly loyal for something that can’t really show many emotions. The animals mainly eat insects, so you might want to avoid getting one of these as a pet if you can’t stand bugs running around your house. Odds are some will probably get loose when you’re trying to feed the big guy.
If you somehow crossed a dog with a cat, you might get something that looks like a fennec fox. The world’s smallest breed of fox, the fennec hails from the Sahara desert in Africa and only weighs a maximum of four pounds. Their large ears help to dissipate heat and let them hear prey moving underground. Fennecs can live up to 14 years in captivity. They’re incredibly cute to a lot of people, but some might say the fox looks like some type of alien. A healthy, young fennec fox will end up running you between $1,500 and $2,000, so this isn’t a pet for someone looking for something cheap. They mainly eat mealworms, crickets, silkworms, and other insects. They’ll also eat eggs, but only certain types.
Missouri, Minnesota, Nevada, and Washington are states that don’t allow fennec foxes to be kept as pets, but most other states allow it with proper permitting or licenses.