Looking for something a little rare and unique for a pet? These wild and exotic animals are legal to own in the United States; and will surely turn heads. From crawly critters and cute marsupials to beautiful birds and primates, check out this list of 15 out-of-the-ordinary animals you can legally have as your next family pet. Make sure to do some research and check with your state laws first. Some may be legal, but require a license to own.
MADAGASCAR HISSING COCKROACH
Sure owing a roach sounds a bit gross, but Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches are quite popular as pets. They are one of the largest species of cockroaches in the world; and are native to the fascinating island of Madagascar. These shiny brown, oval-shaped roaches are known for the distinct hissing sound they make by exhaling air through their breathing holes. Caring for the Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches is really easy, which is another reason why they make a great pet. They require very little space to live – one of those small plastic or glass aquariums you can get at a pet store is perfect. They will eat anything you eat or dry dog food. Plus they don’t fly or bite. You can own one today for anywhere between $.25 and $3.00.
These eight-legged creatures might not be for everyone. They evoke a sense of fear with their two fangs and slow prowl. But these giant spiders are actually quite gentle, delicate and interesting animals. Most tarantulas come from tropical areas around the world and have a lifespan of 10-25 years. There are over 800 species of tarantulas out there, but the “Chilean Rose-Haired Tarantula” is most commonly available in pet stores and cost about $15. Tarantulas are low-maintenance and require relatively little attention. Some eat about once a week and can be fed a diet of crickets or other insects. Just make sure you keep them in a warm area of your house and handle them with care and patience.