When you think of pets, you may think of the most common pets like dogs, cats, and fish. But, what about all the pets that don’t come to mind when you first think “pet”? Some people in Florida prefer exotic pets.
One of the most common exotic pets that people own in Florida are foxes. This is possibly because of their unusual noises and behaviors. Many people find them very entertaining to watch and play with. They are also very easy to care for. Foxes shed in clumps instead of individual hairs.
Another common exotic pet is a Bearded Dragon. They are also very easy to take care of, although they can unfortunately get sick and die very easily because of how sensitive they are to certain foods. Bearded dragons may also need help pooping. Constipation is extremely common in store-bred Beardies.
I had two Bearded Dragons, and both died from constipation. It is very easy to fix this, though. All you need to do is let your Bearded Dragon sit in warm water for about 20 minutes. However, if you take good care of them, they can last up to 8 years in captivity.
Bearded Dragons are not hostile to humans at all, and they enjoy being handled. While they require handling every day, over-handling them can result in stress, which can lead to death. The ideal handling time per day is about 30-45 minutes, unless they are young, depending on how well accustomed your lizard is to humans. Overall, these spiky lizards are a good pet if you are a fan of reptiles.
The above examples make great house pets, but there are a few exotic pets that are legal in Florida but may not be great pets. For example, keeping a cheetah as a pet would not be a good idea considering they are wild predators and not used to living in an indoor environment.
A lot of exotic pets get stressed when they’re not in their natural environment. Just because a wild animal is a legal pet, it doesn’t mean you should keep that pet. Always think about the animal first!