Other Pets/Exotic Animals

About cockatiels
Cockatiels make excellent pets. You can teach them to talk and they'll happily sit on your shoulder when you let them out of the cage. A word of warning: unless you plan to breed your cockatiel, settle for just one bird.
About iguanas
An iguana's natural habitat is the rain forest, and to keep yours healthy and happy you should try to recreate these conditions. Start with a large aquarium, at least 50 gallons.
About macaws
Macaws are hard birds not to like. These big, colorful, highly intelligent birds will quickly become part of your family. But for all these plusses, there are also a few minuses.
About snakes
Snakes have a bad reputation. They trigger a revulsion in many people because of their slithery, tongue-darting ways. And, of course, the bad P-R from that Garden of Eden incident just won't go away.
Attending to horses
A horse isn't a pet in the same sense as a dog or cat. It won't curl up in a basket to sleep or fetch a stick. And you sure don't want one jumping up on your lap.
Canary care
If you've never owned a bird before, a canary's a good one to start with. They're small and relatively easy to care for. Changing the newspaper at the bottom of the cage each day and sweeping or vacuuming up the seeds that spill from the cage represents the bulk of canary ownership.
Caring for boas
Most of the boas you find for sale will be listed as 'red-tailed' boas. While this is a definite species, the name is generically applied as a marketing term.
Caring for frogs
The image of a small boy bringing home a recently captured frog is a long-established part of Americana. What to do with the frog afterwards is less well-known.
Caring for rodents
Hamsters, gerbils, mice, and rats make good pets. They're fairly easy to care for and fun to watch. All rodents have large front teeth that grow all their lives.
Caring for your love birds
The image of a pair of lovebirds snuggling together may be romantic, but it's not necessary to have more than one. In fact, two lovebirds will tend to bond together, effectively blocking you out of their little group.
Exotic pet care
You've seen chimps on T-V cuddling up with people, giving big kisses, and generally being adorable. What few people realize is that these sweet creatures have one thing in common: they're all babies.
Ferrets as pets
A century or so ago, if you owned a ferret, you probably used it for hunting. These sleek, limber little critters would be turned loose to flush rabbits or other game out of holes.
Fish care
Taking care of fish is more like a hobby than it is owning a pet. Once you set up the tank, there's not much you have to do except to feed them. Maintaining the tank will take about half an hour every two weeks.
Hamster care
If you want a playful, friendly rodent as a pet, hamsters aren't really your best choice. They're nocturnal, so they'll be asleep most of the day. If you wake them up, they're likely to be grouchy and could bite.
Keeping a cockatoo
In the wild, you might find dozens, even hundreds, of cockatoos in a flock. It's this natural sociability that makes them bond so closely to their human owners.
Lizards as pets
A pet lizard may not be especially cuddly, but it can be fascinating and even useful to have around the house. There are many different types of lizards that make suitable pets, but they all have one thing in common: they're cold-blooded reptiles.
Parrot care
Even if you never teach Polly to talk, she'll definitely let you know when she wants a cracker. Many parrots, especially those who have spent most of their lives with people, develop very human characteristics.
Pet pot-bellied pigs
In the fifteen years or so since pot-bellied pigs came to America, they've become popular pets. They're much like dogs, in that they can be housebroken, walked on a leash, and taught tricks.
Pet pythons
Pythons are the world's largest snakes. An adult can grow to be 30 feet long. A more practical pet would be one of the smaller species. A ball python is named for the fact that it'll curl itself into a ball when it's nervous.
Pet tortoises
The turtle family includes a lot of different types of reptiles. Sea turtles live exclusively in the water, venturing onto beaches only to lay their eggs.
Rabbit care
Rabbits are soft and cuddly, and they make excellent pets. They can be easily housebroken and quite affectionate once they realize that you won't hurt them.
Saltwater fish care
Okay, so you've gone through the whole aquarium routine and have it down pat. If you feel you're ready for the big time, a saltwater tank will give you a whole new set of challenges.
Tarantula care
If you want a pet that's different, a tarantula is as different as they come. Okay, they're furry, but that's about all they have in common with Fido or Fluffy.
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