Apparently cats, guinea pigs and goldfish are a thing of the past. These days, people are going for more exotic and unique pets that will fully complement their owners’ individuality and personal tastes. People go to great lengths to cater for the needs of their unusual pets. While they may seem like just pets to the rest of the world, they are actually life choices for the owners. Find out which ones out of these unusual pets have made it to our top 5 list:
Capybaras are semi-aquatic rodents from South America. They are the biggest rodents in the world and known to be sweet natured and peaceful pets. However, it’s perfectly legal to eat capybaras in Venezuela for Catholic Christians during Lent (a time during which eating all meat except fish is prohibited!)
#2) Albino Burmese Python
These Albino Pythons are native to Myanmar but are now invading the Florida Everglades.
They can grow up to be 23 feet long and eat anything ranging from rabbits to crocodiles. In Oxford, Florida, a woman and her boyfriend are facing prison time after they were charged with third degree murder when their starved pet Albino Burmese Python killed the woman’s two-year old daughter.
# 3) Miniature Horse
Miniature horses are usually kept as pets in Europe and The U.S. They have many recognized breeds but the smallest specimen ever recorded was just 18.5 inches tall (shorter than 2 feet). At some places they are being used as assistance pets for the disabled instead of dogs!
# 4) Tarantulas
Tarantulas are large hairy spiders that can give you a painful bite, but enthusiasts from all over the world keep them as pets. Tarantulas periodically shed their skins (just like snakes), except they also shed their internal organs like the stomach-lining and the female genitalia in the process. Adorable, right?
The axolotl is a kind of aquatic salamander native to Mexico but kept by enthusiasts in the U.S as well. It has nearly been driven to extinction in New Mexico. If it looks familiar to you, that might be because the blue colored Pokemon “Wooper” looks just like an upright axolotl!