4 Exotic Pets That are Perfect for Apartments

Green iguanas (Iguana iguana), are popular exo... 

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Pet lovers renting apartments have to be careful to make sure, not only that the apartment they rent allows pets, but that their lifestyle is conducive to pet ownership. Some people simply don’t have enough time to care for a dog or cat. However, if you are a pet lover in this situation fear not, there are alternatives to these traditional pets.

Owning a more exotic pet, one that requires less day to day care could be the solution. There also are apartments for rent that allow exotic pets, but may not be as welcoming to domestic pets, such as cats and dogs. Let’s explore some of the choices.

COCKATIELS: This exotic and colorful bird requires little care, can stay in the cage while you are at work, and yet it can learn to talk. Following a healthy diet, having play time and interaction with people, a cockatiel can live more than 20 years.

IGUANAS: Iguanas require an aquarium with light and warmth. They like to climb on small branches, and eat iguana food, with a smattering of fresh fruits and vegetables.

SCORPIONS: A scorpion may be just the right choice. It requires little care, an aquarium, and it eats bugs. There are courses available to learn exotic pet care.

FERRETS: Playful and fun to watch, a ferret will sleep most of the day and is most active in the early evening, perhaps the perfect pet for an apartment owner with a full time job.

With so many types of exotic pets to choose from, having an apartment does not mean giving up one’s love for animals.

Exotic Animals as Pets

If you are an animal lover, than chances are you have a pet or two. If you want to have pets, but don’t want to settle for the ordinary cat or dog, then it may be time for you to think about exotic animals. It might sound a little bit strange, but exotic animals can actually make great pets. As long as you stay within legal limits, you can have a fun and interesting exotic animal in your home. Take a look at some of the types of exotic pets.

1.       Birds. Birds are by far the most popular kind of exotic pets. Parrots, cockatoos, and the such are great pets and very colorful. If you love birds with vibrant personalities, then you’re going to love exotic birds.

2.       Rodents. Hamsters, guinea pigs, and gerbils are actually considered exotic pets. You may be surprised to know that since these animals are sold in most pet stores, but they are indeed considered exotic animals. Plus, these pets are great for families with small children.

3.       Mammals. Some mammals are also exotic animals. If you are looking for a pet like a ferret, fox, or even a wolf, then these exotic pets fall under the mammal category. Be careful if you choose this type of exotic animal, as they can be quite dangerous since they are native in the wild.

4.       Reptiles. Along with birds, reptiles are the most popular type of exotic animal. You’ll find snakes, turtles, and frogs in this category. Some type of snakes are illegal in the US, so make sure you are following local laws and regulations if you choose to go this route.

Exotic animals can make great pets. Be sure to do your research and get the right food and equipment to properly care for exotic animals.

Basic Bearded Dragon Care

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For parents seeking out an inexpensive and safe exotic pet for their children then a bearded dragon might provide a fun and reliable companion. The ominous sounding lizard might look tough, but the dragons are ideal lizards to own as pets.

Native to Australia, bearded dragons are omnivorous eating only small insects and plants. Despite their appetites, bearded dragons never grow too large to become unmanageable. Dragons are known for their large triangular heads that are adored by pointed ridges on the sides. The natural attractiveness of this feature adds to the list of reasons to adopt a dragon as an interesting addition to any household.

While there are several reasons to own a bearded dragon, responsible owners need to understand how to take care of the lizard before making a decision to buy one. Dragons require a balanced diet that calls for copious amounts of chopped up green vegetables. Dragons also love to eat insects such as crickets, meal worms and wax worms. It is recommended that the insects should be gut loaded before feeding them to the dragon. Gut loading means feeding the insects a healthy meal before giving them to the dragon. An adult bearded dragon should be given insects at least once every other day. Without a properly maintained diet bearded dragons can suffer from malnutrition or develop potentially fatal ailments.

While a healthy and balanced diet is the most important part of caring for the lizard, providing the dragon with calcium and vitamin D3 supplement is also important. Without D3 and calcium added to their diet, bearded dragons can develop metabolic bone disease, which can prove fatal. The easiest way to feed the supplement to the dragon is to purchase a power that is sprinkled onto food. Adult dragons require the supplement about once a week with younger dragons needing it more often.