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10 Things You Must Know Before Adopting Exotic Pets

Sure, it's cute, but is that pot-bellied pig really the best pet for you? A pet expert weighs in with what you should know.

1. The world of exotic pets
1. The world of exotic pets
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Exotic pets—birds, reptiles, small mammals, and even pigs—are among the most rehomed pets there are. (Rehomed means their original owners gave them up.)

People think the ball python looks cool, or that the sugar glider is super cute, or that the teacup pig is adorable.

But when the python outgrows its enclosure, or the sugar glider is difficult to feed, or the teacup pig is a lot bigger than a teacup, owners become overwhelmed and place them for adoption, or, abandon them entirely.

When looking for a list of exotic pets, there are many things to consider besides how the animal looks.



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