Unusual Pets

Sugar glider

Sugar glider


Everyone loves a cute pet, but some people like more exotic animals. Here are some animals you probably didn’t know you could have as a pet.

Sugar Glider

Sugar Gliders are popular exotic pets and can be known as pocket pets. In the wild, sugar gliders live in groups of up to 15 or 30. Sugar glider owners should be aware that they need a lot of space, attention, and have a special diet. They are very energetic and cannot be toilet trained. A clever way to bond with them is to let them sit in a pocket or pouch around your neck.  


Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

Here’s an animal you never thought could be a loving member of your family. The Madagascar Hissing Cockroach is one of the largest cockroach species and is native to the large island of Madagascar. A ten to a fifteen-gallon tank will hold several roaches, and being tropical creatures, they need a precise temperature. They eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, unlike other roaches who consume rotten foods. Here is a video showing how loud a Hissing Cockroach can get.


You may be thinking that having a pet hedgehog would be weird and unsafe, but many people in the US have hedgehogs as pets. The African Pygmy hedgehog originates from Africa( as it says in the title).  Hedgehogs generally can have a diet of specially formulated hedgehog kibble. Hedgehogs obviously have a lot of spines that are uncomfortable to hold. Tamed hedgehogs like to crawl in your hands, they liked to be carried around.


Kinkajous look like monkeys, but they are more closely related to raccoons. They live from 25 to 30 years and only bond with 1 or 2 people so they are not fit to move from owner to owner in their lifetime, so owning one is a commitment. An ideal owner would have a similar nocturnal lifestyle like their pet. Kinkajous are a little messy because they often toss their food at mealtime and toilet training is difficult, but they tend to choose a few areas to do their business. Kinkajous eat a variety of food in the wild like honey and tropical fruits as well as eggs, frogs, and insects.

 Closing Words

Now, these few animals are only a fragment of the exotic pets you could have. Taking care of exotic animals is difficult and should not be taken lightly, for your safety and theirs. Always remember to read as much information as possible when considering adopting an exotic animal to make sure that the animal has everything it needs to have a long and happy life.