20 Unusual Animals That People Use as Household Pets

TonyTwoGuns May 13th 2015 Lifestyle
It has been a common practice for many people to have household pets. This could be something as simple as a cat or a dog. These pets make great companions and you will find yourself caring for them more than you could ever imagine. With that being said everyone has different likes and dislikes. Some people will have affections towards all kinds of critters. Check out these crazy household pets.

#20. Tarantula

Some people would run screaming if they saw a tarantula whereas some people would run towards them. These critters can live up to 10-25 years and will cost you around $15.00.

#19. Emperor Scorpion

These creatures are shiny, black, and have big front claws. These are features that would scare many people away. However, this is the most common type of scorpion that is kept as a household pet.

#18. Bearded Dragon

The bearded dragon really lives up to its name, because they have spikes and scales around their head that looks like a beard. They can grow up to 12 to 24 inches and make great pets because they are so mellow.

#17. Sugar Glider

The sugar glider is truly a unique creature because they are extremely social and bond easily with humans. It always recommended buying 2 of these creatures because they can become incredibly sad if they are left alone. They can even die due to these effects.

#16. Hedgehog

These little animals have a lifespan of 3 to 8 years and have around 5,000 to 7,000 spikes on them. If you want one of these little guys be prepared because they require a lot of care.

#15. Skunk

Despite the way these animals smell, they are really sensitive, clever, curious, and love being held. It has been said that these animal can be litter box trained.

#14. Capybaras

The capybara is an extremely big rodent that can weigh up to 150 pounds. Many people like the capybara for a pet because they are smart, playful, and social.

#13. Fennec Fox

These little guys almost look like the Taco Bell dog. The fennec fox is the most social of all foxes, and have a high-pitched yelp that they can let out.

#12. Kinkajou

The kinkajou is an extremely affectionate mammal and they are known to get along great with humans. The kinkajou makes a great pet because they are playful and docile.

#11. Serval

Now, this is a big cat. The serval can weigh up to 40 pounds and stand 2 feet tall. They also have a lifespan of 19 years.


This is not your common household pet. The wallaby needs to be kept outside in a big yard, because they are kin to the kangaroo. They can run very fast and jump up to 5 feet high.

#9. Squirrel Monkey

This is a great name for this animal. Squirrel monkeys can be a lot of fun because they are really playful and energetic. They are also known for being highly intelligent.

#8. Hyacinth Macaw

This is the largest macaw and fly parrot in the world. Many people love owning these birds because they are so beautiful, rare, and have a really long lifespan.

#7 Chimpanzee

The chimpanzee is often regarded as an animal that is remarkably similar to a human. Beware though because these animals are extremely territorial and can strike without warning.

#6. Chipmunks

The chipmunk may not be able to play fetch, but they can surprise you with some of their tricks. They do require a lot of interaction especially when they are young.

#5. Potbelly Pig

Many people would think that these animals are found on farms, but you will find more and more of them in homes. Believe it or not, these animals are odor free and easy to train, because they are so intelligent.

#4. Chinchilla

The chinchilla is a nocturnal animal, but they make a great pet because they are low maintenance, quiet, and odorless. As long as you handle them at a young age they are very tame.

#3. Cockatiel

These birds are so popular for a household pet because they can actually mimic speech. They are also easier to make tame than any other parrot because they are so small.

#2. Iguana

The iguana is the most popular type of pet lizard. If you care for them properly they can make for great company. However, they do require a lot of attention like the right temperature, humidity, and lighting.

#1. Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches

This is just weird. This cockroach is quickly becoming a popular a household pet because they do not have the baggage that other cockroaches have like bacteria, viruses, and worms.


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