While dogs and cats are adorable pets, don't forget there are other furry, feathery, and scaly friends high on the cute scale as well! From hedgehogs to parakeets, I've rounded up some cuddly pics of exotic pets.
The Madagascar Hissing Cockroach seen here gets its name for a particular trademark sound — it exhales air through breathing holes, a unique trait among insects. Your imagination will have to work for that, as there are no sound effects with this post, but check out more pictures when you read more
It's no surprise that I love baby animals, but I wouldn't want to just wake up one morning to a slew of new pets! Especially since I recall a childhood pal who went from having Roxy and Foxy to having five Guinea Pigs – quite a mysterious result when her mom (thought she) had purchased two girl pets – and how sad we were when her parents told her she could only keep one baby.
Now, I never gave "fixing" much thought in the scenario but a recent article brought this practice to my attention. Most of you spay or neuter your dogs and cats, but what about the exotic pets or small mammals you've owned?
Now a hamster's hardly an exotic pet in my mind but, according to a recent report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, children under the age of five shouldn't own any exotic animals – including those furry rodents!
Turns out lizards, tiny turtles, lil chicks, and even hamsters can transmit Salmonella to kiddies. Now, it's hard for me to figure out where the "under five" comes in, but the study says it's due in part to the fact that they often touch animals then touch their mouths, kiss creatures, or don't wash their hands after coming in contact with the pets. Granted adults are usually more careful about cleanliness – though, admittedly I don't run to the bathroom every time I pet North – but I imagine these pets are still fairly common in families with human children?
Many of you already shared the pets present in your elementary classrooms. Did you ever come in contact with these creatures either at school or home?