The Exotic Pet Checklist - check it out!

Of course there has always been much debate circulating whether or not exotic animals should be kept as pets but, as our curiosities grow, so does our pet mentality. With more and more unusual animals being kept as pets, I am only but pleased that people come to me asking questions and sharing knowledge as such animals do require special treatment. After all, they have the same needs as they do in the wild and it is our duty to ensure they are provided for properly. When I talk of special needs; the main aspects I am referring to are: environment, diet and behaviour. We must be adept in these key areas to ensure we rise to the challenge of looking after such specimens; for example, snakes, spiders, frogs and lizards. Under the Animal Welfare Act (and for the sheer love of animals), we have a duty to do this by law. With this in mind, I have compiled a mini checklist for anyone interested in finding out more about exotic pets. This is pretty basic stuff for the purpose of my blog, so if you have any other questions then please do not hesitate to contact me ...here goes:

  1. You must think about the life expectancy of the animal and how big it is anticipated to grow. Can you honestly care for it for the amount of time required and do you have adequate space?
  2. What does it eat and how many times are you required to feed it - per day, per every couple of days, per week?
  3. Ensuring that you recreate the best environment for your pet, you must make sure you are ofey with their habitat needs. All exotic animals (particularly reptiles) require a carefully-controlled environment, or they may become sick and even die. The environment must allow for the progression of their natural behaviour as they grow; such as burrowing, climbing or basking.
  4. Just as the majority of people like to live with others and bear their own families, we should remember that some animals exist in the same way and others prefer to live in solitude. Please seek information on what's best for your animal as this may seriously determine whether you should continue with your 'pet quest'.
  5. Is the animal nocturnal? This is not something you may necessarily think of straight away, but it is an important consideration nether-the-less.
  6. Do you have a local exotic pets' vet who can treat the animal if it does fall ill?
  7. And finally, the golden number seven: do you need a licence or other legal paperwork to keep your pet? Now come on guys, this is important and is a legal requirement put in place for a reason! If you don't have the care and inclination to ensure you have the right paperwork, then housing an exotic pet is probably not for you!