Exotic Pets 101

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Nicolas Harb, Journalist

Exotic Pets 101

 

Nicolas Harb

 

3/10/21

 

Intro 

There are so many cute, fluffy, adorable, animals our there. But what about the ones that most people don’t know about. For example there’s Ferrets, Chinchillas, and many more. How should you treat these and take care of them? This article will show you how to take care of them and make sure they live a happy healthy life.

 

Chinchillas                                                                                                                                ➡️(Chinchilla)➡️

 

First of all lets start of with Chinchillas, these guys are fast, agile, and noisy little guys. They never stop making running around biting a chew toy or something else. Plus, they are nocturnal so while your getting rest they are running around they’re cages, they are super loud. Chinchilla cages are about 4ft tall and 3 feet wide, every ½  ft they have small levels to jump on and off of. Another chinchilla fact is that they can jump 6 ft at max if they needed to. Which is why they have the levels on their cages. A very weird gross fact is that chinchillas are literally poop machines they can poop 200-300 times a day! ( Must feel great😒). Continuing They are allergic to water/they cant touch it. Chinchillas fur is so soft and dense that when a liquid like water touches it, the water stays trapped in the fur and wont dry out causing a deadly bacteria to grow and possible kill your soft friend. Chinchillas are native to the Chile Mountains in South America. Sadly they’re population is dropping and they are on the endangered species list. Chinchillas need to be outside they’re cages and active for at least 2 hours or more everyday. If not they can actually become depressed and extremely aggressive. The diet of a captive chinchilla consists of pellets, treats, hay, flowers, and various plants.

 

Ferrets                                                                                                                                                         ➡️( Ferret)➡️  

Second of all Ferrets, these little guys have a lifespan of about 5-7 years. Ferrets are very curious, agile, and stealthy creatures. Another fact is that they are extremely social animas and need to have constant attention, a great suggestion is to adopt a pair of Ferrets so that they can play with each other. They are not the best pets if you have young children since they have a very sharp pair of teeth and when aggravated they will attack. Plus they have a horrible odor that you really cant wash away unless you neuter your pet. Ferrets are mainly carnivores and eat meat despite they’re adorable little faces. They’re food should be high quality and fresh otherwise they can become extremely sick. Ferret cages should be a minimum of 18 x 18 x 30 inches and have two or more levels with stairs or ramps they can climb. Ferrets have LOTS of energy and need to be out of their cages for at least 2 hours or more daily. According to Stephanie, RVT “Ferrets need exercise and mental enrichment and therefore should not be caged 24 hours a day. They should always be supervised when outside of their cage.”. As for hygiene a small sink rinse with safe soap like one you would for a baby.

 

Tarantulas              

Finally we have the Tarantulas, these little guys are creepy. Tarantulas need lots of respect/attention. Depending  on if you buy a adult they can be 3-10 years old and if you get a new born get ready to spend the next 3-20 years with your 8 legged friend. Tarantula diets consist of grasshoppers, beetles, other small spiders and arthropods, and will sometimes eat small lizards. They will attempt to overcome anything of the right size that moves in their range. Most spiders have no teeth with which to chew their food, so they rely on their venom to liquefy their prey. They then use their sucking stomachs to draw in or “suck” up the meal. Most Tarantulas have weak venom to stun or stop their victims. Tarantulas live in dry, well-drained soils in open areas throughout the desert and grassland areas. All North American tarantulas live on the ground although some other species live in trees, cliffs, caves, or in crops like bananas and pineapples. The biggest Tarantula is the Goliath Bird Eater these spider as the name suggest eat prey as big as birds and birds themselves. Overall these guys are extremely difficult pets to take care of and should only be adopted if the owner can take care of them properly. 

                                                                                                          ➡️(Goliath Bird Eater)➡️ 

Conclusion

Overall all these animals are very difficult to take care of and hopefully this article helped you learn something about these exotic animals. They are not to be disrespected and should be treated with the correct care. 

 

Links I used: 

 

https://www.vetcarepethospital.ca/beginners-guide-ferret-care/

 

https://petsoverload.com/how-much-do-chinchillas-poop/

 

https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll/lifestyles/cc-lt-pet-wise-121618-story.html

 

https://www.businessinsider.com/animals-legal-pets-us-surprising-2019-10#pet-tarantulas-can-be-quite-the-handful-4

 

https://blogs.cornell.edu/spiders/tarantulas-terrible-or-terrific/#:~:text=Care%20for%20tarantulas%20is%20relatively,cricket%20will%20kill%20the%20spider.