Although cats and dogs are by far the most popular pets in the United States, these aren’t the only pets you can have. If you are looking for a pet other than a dog and cat, you may be interested to know what other types of animals you can legally own in your own home.
From creepy crawlies to amazing amphibians, bewitching birds, to marvelous marsupials, keep reading to discover six surprising animals that you can own as a pet in the U.S.
Intelligent, low maintenance, and completely fascinating to watch, not many people know that turtles can make great family pets. Available in a wide range of different sizes and breeds, with the most common being the Red-Eared Slider, you can find the perfect turtle to suit your lifestyle and your budget.
Plus, they have a very long lifespan, living anywhere from 10-80 years, so you can enjoy their company for many years to come.
If your child can’t get enough of the movie Rio, then you will be happy to hear that they could potentially own their own blue macaw. The Hyacinth Macaw is smart, loves to play, and can make a great family pet with training from a young age.
The only downside is that as an endangered species, this bird can cost tens of thousands of dollars, so you may want to consider a more cost-effective pet bird such as a:
- Domestic canary
Don’t forget that if you do get a bird as a pet, you will need to sign up with an avian veterinarian to ensure that they are properly cared for.
Super cute and fun to play with, dwarf pigs are more familiarly known as teacup pigs and are the ideal pet for anyone who suffers from allergies as they are hypoallergenic. It is worth noting that this breed of pig is incredibly sociable, so they may not be the best option if you are away from home for long periods of time. However, you could get around this by investing in two dwarf pigs to have each other for company.
Weighing up to 140 pounds, this is not a pet that is suited to everyone. One of the biggest rodents in the world, capybaras, love water, so you will need to make sure you have sufficient space to replicate their natural environment.
They are also very sociable animals, so it is advised to get more than one if you want to keep this pet happy. Plus, some states require you to apply for a license before you can own one.
For those who want a more extreme pet, the Burmese Python makes a great choice. Not one for the faint-hearted, this type of snake is easy to take care of and is a wonder to watch. Furthermore, if you are worried about your safety, you should know that the Burmese Python is one of the most docile snakes in the reptile kingdom.
However, be warned, they can grow quite big and potentially weigh over 200 pounds!
If you would like a smaller exotic pet and you don’t suffer from arachnophobia, you want to think about getting yourself a tarantula. A definite conversation starter, the average tarantula lives between 10 to 25 years if looked after properly.
Needing a warm environment that is not exposed to strong light, you need to make sure you know exactly how to care for this creepy crawly if you want it to be happy and healthy. Plus, don’t let it roam around the house unless you want to risk its venomous bite.
It is worth noting that just because all of the above animals can legally be kept as pets in the United States, this does not necessarily mean that this is the best option for animal welfare.