What was your pet growing up? A dog? A cat? Well, times have changed, and now you can see how people all over the world take incredible creatures to raise and love as household animals.
We made a list of peculiar and adorable pets that are extremely unusual. A lot of people would love to have them as pets, but it might not be such a great idea after all.
This little creature is also poetically called the “blue angel,” “blue dragon,” and “sea swallow.” When fully grown, they can be up to 3 cm (1.5″) long. Blue glaucuses live in tropical waters and use camouflage to avoid predators.
Also known as “dwarf dragons,” they were found quite recently during an expedition in South America’s Andes. It is a wood lizard that is active during the daytime and really looks like a tiny dragon. Who wouldn’t want that in their home?
Forget a shrimp cocktail with this one! No one will ever willingly try a taste. These gorgeous little marine creatures come in a variety of colors and shapes, and they look amazing in each and every type. The most “flashy” ones are peacock mantis shrimps, like the one in the picture. They are also called Aquaria and are saltwater shrimps that are kept in captivity.
Orange Tortoise Spider
For people who prefer tiny unexpected pets, look into these colorful spiders. The encyosaccus sexmacculatus usually lives in the upper Amazon basin in Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil and will need a lot of heat in their habitat.
Pandas are extremely adorable, but this lovely thing, which is also sometimes called the “lesser panda,” is a perfect mix of a bear and a cat. They can be affectionate and really funny, which is why they took the internet by storm a few years back. Sadly, these beauties are endangered, and keeping one at home would be quite reckless.
Who wouldn’t want to trade their goldfish for this smiley face? The only problem is that they grow up to be 1.2 m in length and about 20 lb in weight, so you’d need a pretty big fish tank!
This is a type of mountain goat, but, unlike all the others, it has gorgeous fur and could easily star in a Pantene ad. Cindy Crawford, watch out!
Maybe you or one of your childhood friends had a little cute bunny as a pet, but it definitely wasn’t this little guy. The Ili Pika is an endangered species, and it looks a lot like a short-eared mountain rabbit, but it has nothing to do with rabbits or their genetics. Pikas are really small (up to 250 g in weight) and are colored with red spots on the forehead, neck, and crown.
Nobody has a fandom like these adorable creatures! There are YouTube channels exclusively for these guys as well as fan fiction and comics about them. People are generally infatuated with these hairy, wide-eyed, lazy creatures. Just look at them to know why!
Named “the happiest animal in the world,” the quokka is a pet you can dare to have if you are not easily scared by strict habitat rules. However, you do need to live in Australia if you hope to meet one.
There are a lot of people in the world who are in love with cold-blooded animals. For them, these tiny snakes will be perfect. Though the one in the picture is basically a baby, it’s definitely unique and quite adorable in its own way. Oh, you’ll also need to feed it mice at some point.
Inhabiting forests and parks, hedgehogs are really mice with needles and cute faces. Their facial expressions are distinctive, and they are so nice to have around. But remember that they are carnivorous creatures, meaning they eat bugs (not apples, like the hedgehogs in fairy tales).
We are used to thinking of skunks as stinky, black-and-white, oversized squirrels that are eager to get into your trash. But just look at this tiny baby skunk with fresh eyes. Isn’t it just adorable? This is a pet for someone without a sense of smell for sure though.
This slightly guilty-looking cross between a piglet and an elephant with distinctive coloring and a small area of habitat is adorably awkward, quite tame, and an unusual animal. On the bright side, its character is pretty cool.
Speaking of piglets, the mini pig pet fashion was taking us by storm a couple of years ago, and you can still meet people in the streets walking their cuties on a leash. And can we really blame them?
Whilst this little thing is totally made out of beads, one can dream, right? Also, a pet like this doesn’t really need food or specific care. What a blessing!
Are there any animals that you would love to have as pets in your house? Share your dreams with us in the comments!
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