Even if an animal is exotic, keeping them as pets may be permissible under the law if certain requirements are met. Some states prohibit ferrets, some only permit native species, and some are very specific as to what kinds of exotic animals are not allowed as pets.
If it isn't a farm animal, dog, or cat, your vet probably considers it to be an exotic pet. If you want to own an exotic animal, you should review the information below to find out how to proceed.
Exemption : Certain species of native snakes may be owned with a permit if they are captive-bred and a non-native color variation. The snakes do require a permit, issued through the exotic program at the Delaware Department of Agriculture.
A general list of exempt exotics is available below from the Delaware Department of Agriculture. Exempt exotics are not regulated by the state of Delaware and may be purchased and owned without a permit.
For more information regarding exotic regulations or to clarify the classification of a particular species, please contact the Delaware Department of Agriculture Poultry and Animal Health Section at (302) 698-4561. If you reside in an unincorporated area of New Castle County, please call Department of Land Use for any questions regarding ordinances pertaining to ownership of exotic animals.
Exotic animal means wild mammals or hybrids of wild mammals (mammals whose parents are different varieties of the same species or belong to different but closely allied species, one (1) parent being a wild mammal not native to or generally found in Delaware and the other parent being a domestic mammal native to or generally found in Delaware) or live reptiles not native to or generally found in the State of Delaware (as determined by the Delaware Department of Agriculture, Division of Fish and Wildlife), as defined by the State pursuant to 3 Del. 72 (Possession of Mammals or Reptiles Exotic to Delaware), for which permits are required by the State pursuant to that Chapter.
It shall be unlawful for any owner, tenant or other person in control of a property to raise, breed, keep, shelter or harbor any cattle, poultry, sheep, goats, pigs, ducks, geese, waterfowl, guinea hens, chickens, turkeys, donkeys, quail, doves, llamas, raccoons, muskrats, nondomesticated mammals, game fowl, pigeons, pheasants, peacocks, foxes, minks, exotic animals, wild animals, game animals and other like animals on a parcel of land which is less than one (1) acre in total area and located in any residential zoned district, a diversified planned unit development or an MM zoned district. This Section shall not apply to the keeping, sheltering or harboring of animals in connection with bona fide educational programs run or overseen by a public or private elementary, middle or secondary school or a college or university or the Delaware Cooperative Extension Education Program, the 4-H or the Newark Pigeon Club, Wilmington Homing Club or Delmarva Pigeon Club.
Participation in the educational programs or pigeon clubs listed shall constitute an affirmative defense. If you reside in an unincorporated area of Kent County, please call Division of Planning for any questions regarding ordinances pertaining to ownership of exotic animals.
Dangerous animals mean any mammal, amphibian, reptile or arachnid that, because of its size, nature or other characteristic(s), would constitute a danger to human life or property if it escaped from secure quarters. Such animals shall include but not be limited to alligators, bears, bonds (constrictor snakes), caimans, crocodiles, fields, labials, nonhuman primates, wolves and any poisonous amphibian, reptile or arachnid.
It shall be unlawful for any person to be in possession of any dangerous animal(s) within the unincorporated area of Kent County. The purpose of this section is to protect the health, safety and welfare of persons and property within Kent County’s jurisdiction.
These animals are incapable of adapting to human companionship and their possession by individuals as pets has proven to be a menace to emergency personnel, including firemen, police officers and utility workers, as well as the public. (1) This provision shall not apply to a property/person legally constituted (permitted), such as a zoological park, licensed wildlife rehabilitation, licensed veterinarian, bona fide educational or medical institution, animal shelter as defined by 7 Del.
Sussex County Planning and Zoning 2 The Circle Georgetown, DE 19947 Telephone: 302-855-7878 Fax: 302-854-5079 Website If you reside in an unincorporated area of Sussex County, please call Planning and Zoning for any questions regarding ordinances pertaining to ownership of exotic animals.
After you submit the completed application with the $25 fee, the Poultry and Animal Health Investigator will contact you to set up an appointment for a home inspection. Owner Knowledge : The investigator will ask questions to determine if the applicant is aware of the needs of the animal and how they are prepared to handle these needs.
Prior to completing the application, make sure you have reviewed the frequently asked questions about owning an exotic animal in Delaware, along with all the laws and regulations. Local cities, municipalities, and counties may enact more restrictive regulations which supersede state laws.
If you have additional questions that were not answered, please contact the Delaware Department of Agriculture Poultry and Animal Health Section at 302-698-4561. Some of the most common pets one can find in homes include dogs, cats, rodents and the ubiquitous goldfish.
Depending upon your farming practices, interest in revenue streams and space availability, these pets have distinct benefits to offer, but the most important thing you have to take note of is that exotic pets are very profitable, at least some of them are. Iguanas are able to recognize their owners and family, have a great memory, are affectionate, live 15 to 20 years and can be trained to eat, sleep and go to the bathroom at desired times and places.
It is imperative to keep their habitats clean and relatively consistent, as iguanas can be very sensitive to change. In breeding iguanas, you should prepare an egg box with a proper mixture of soil, sand, and water.
The horse today is a pet of many, especially wealthy people who can easily afford the cost of purchase and care. Horses are useful, as they can be ridden as transportation, and are comfortable carrying a decent amount of cargo.
It is very important to treat them with great care, including making sure they are always properly hydrated. This bird is large, quick, agile and capable of kicking with its big three-toed feet.
They can run about 30 mph, are very territorial especially during breeding season and can live to be nearly 20 years old. Females lay large dark green eggs that weigh a little more than a pound.
They can also be fed a supplement grain mix formulated specially for them, which includes corn, soybeans, wheat oats and alfalfa. Optimal management approaches include a facility with pens and gated runs through which to transfer birds.
In China, the Tibetan Mastiffs are thought to be holy animals, blessing their owners’ health and security, and have become a status symbol in recent years. They’ve come to represent affluence and prices for the breed have been driven up 500 percent a year.
Some breeders are willing to pay as much as $100,000 to get access to a red Tibetan mastiff’s gene pool. Previous owners of the Red Tibetan Mastiff breed include Queen Victoria, King George IV and Genghis Khan.
Saris grow silky fleece that drapes gracefully, but this breed represents only about 10 percent of the U.S. alpaca population. You will find these costs vary based on age, conformation, fiber quality, lineage, facial appearance, and personality.
These animals have handlebar horns, horse like tails, shoulder humps and shaggy coats that nearly reach the ground. Yak naturally shed their downy coat, which can be collected through brushing in spring and early summer.
Yak down is as fine as musk ox living but is of short staple length so it’s usually blended with merino wool or alpaca fiber. The resultant yarn makes beautiful articles of clothing that command high prices.
Yak meat is similar in nutritional values to grass-fed bison or beef. Their color pattern is more desirable to the pet market, and to some degree for the wool market, as they are very pleasing to the eye, and the white wool is in greater demand, and fetches a higher price.
Also called wapiti and red deer, elk weren’t domestically or commercially raised in North America until the 1960s. Modern-day elk stock comes from private breeders; the animals have become larger and more docile through strategic breeding practices.
They are hardy and will eat whatever they can forage, including tree bark, leaves and shrubs. Grazing on summer grasses, the animals build up fat reserves for winter.
Starting at the age of 2 years, each bull elk annually produces about 9 pounds of velvet, which is harvested by surgical procedure. Its features include distinctive leopard-like spots and contrasting tiger stripes.
One of the reasons the Ash era draws such a high price-tag is for a unique feature: The cat is hypo-allergenic (unlikely to cause an allergic reaction). Lifestyle Pets describes the cat as highly intelligent, very affectionate, and having a great temperament.
Reticulated pythons are known for having a nasty temperament in the wild, but captive-bred relics (as they’re nicknamed) can make great pets with the proper care and handling. People may purchase a snake of this caliber to breed, but in many cases it’s the idea of owning a rare specimen that’s the main attraction.
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Melissa cares for a variety of exotic animals and has completed a certificate in veterinary assisting and a bachelor's degree in biology. Many people are surprised to learn about the great diversity of species that we have on this planet, and this variety extends to the animals we keep in our homes.
“Traditional” pets are great, but some people prefer something a little more unusual. Keeping exotic pets, which are often incorrectly considered to be 'wild animals,' has become very controversial.
Even dogs and cats, the country's most popular and commonly kept pets, can have more complicated care than most people consider. For instance, as most cats are essentially self-domesticated, they have a lot in common with so-called wild animals.
They can suffer from behavioral, psychological, and physical problems when they don't receive adequate enrichment in the home. Domesticated pets are not free from instincts nor do they not require the same attention and enrichment as many so-called wild animals in captivity.
Some animals on this list are difficult to care for by even the highest standards, but especially in these days of the internet, any dedicated individual can learn how to manage an exotic pet. I have listed species I've seen for sale or owned by private owners in the United States and the UK.
They are large rodents with an odor reminiscent of human BO (not everyone's cup of tea), and that might be why they'll never surge in popularity. In addition to that, they need a large and tall enclosure, being arboreal creatures.
“About with Food” by Katja Schulz is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Ragouts live in monogamous pairs just like marks and are sometimes kept as pets.
This bear-looking creature is also called a “bear cat,” but it is a diverted, like the spotted Genet. They are famous for smelling like popcorn, and despite their size, they can be surprisingly gentle.
Pictured above is a white, or heuristic raccoon dog (also called tank). The normal-colored animal has an uncanny resemblance to a typical raccoon, but it is a candid from East Asia.
They are one of the few federally banned species in the United States, but they are often kept in Europe. The provost squirrel is stunningly beautiful; many people find their coloration hard to believe, but it is all natural.
Being a member of these active rodents, they require large housing and a lot of enrichment, but captive-bred babies can be very human-friendly. While this animal resembles a marmot or some other common rodent, the fascinating thing about hoaxes is that they are the closest living relative to elephants.
These quick little mammals actually have small “'tusks” tucked away in their mouth, and they have a gestation period of about 7 to 8 months! These animals are not commonly held as pets, but opportunities to get them do exist.
Madras are in the weasel family, and they are kept as pets in very limited numbers. They are not readily available because they breed poorly in captivity and are also challenging animals to work with if they are going to have human interaction.
Also called a striped polecat, these skunk-looking animals are a member of the weasel family. Take into account the activity level of the animal that might be drastically different from many dogs and cats that most people are used to.
The Patagonian Mara is one of the largest rodents in the world, and they resemble and occupy a similar niche to deer in the wild. They should have a diet similar to guinea pigs, of which they are closely related.
People who don't live in western states are usually unfamiliar with ring-tailed cats in general and certainly that they can be kept as pets. Being native animals, they are banned in many states, including those which have 'lenient' exotic pet laws like North Carolina and Nevada.
Many Kickapoo owners report that aggression with this species is unpredictable, and “attacks” can occur despite their otherwise affectionate demeanor. You are unlikely to see anyone owning these because they are very hard to breed and care for, but some adventurous and advanced keepers have managed wild-caught specimens.
A PACA is yet another large South American rodent that few has heard of. They have spots just like a baby deer and can weigh up to 26 pounds, so this is not a pet for a guinea pig enclosure.
Unfortunately, their importation was banned along with several other African rodents after an embargo on them resulted from a monkey pox scare in 2003, but they are still kept as pets in Europe. In Africa, they've even been trained to help detect land mines and tuberculosis.
Asian palm civets are Riverside that are about the size of a house cat. They are famous for the strange use of their droppings in expensive coffee called Hopi Luck, where they are often incorrectly described as being a cat.
These incredibly strange little rodents are some few bipedal mammals in the world. They are nocturnal animals that have the unpleasant habit of rubbing their hands with their own urine.
Cabanas are the largest rodents in the world, and while they are enjoying immense popularity in Japan, many people in the United States are still not so familiar with them. These enormous guinea pig relatives are semi-aquatic and require a pool of water to swim in.
Palawan's porcupines have recently been introduced into the American pet trade and are less common than the others, such as the African crested. Porcupines can be interactive and surprisingly affectionate, just be sure to pet them “along the grain” so that you don't get poked.
Many people are not aware of genres, a species that resembles a hedgehog, but they are actually not even closely related. Genres have some of the lowest body temperatures for a mammal, and they can hibernate in captivity.
Few people keep these unusual animals because should they die, their toxins will kill everything in the aquarium. They require a specialized diet and a mature tank with live rock.
Springs is an Afrikaans name; they are also called spring hares in the Western world. However, a teeny number, perhaps just one, breeder exists, and they are slowly being reintroduced.
Tailless whip scorpions, or vinegaroons are arachnids that are kept as pets in the arthropod trade. When disturbed, they can shoot a very strong smelling acetic acid spray.
Their enclosures require deep substrate, and they can tolerate some handling, although they do have a painful but non-venomous bite. They are one of the less common small exotic cats kept as pets (after serials, bobcats, and Caracas).
Common snake-necked turtles are strange-looking aquatic animals that are rare in the pet trade as they are difficult to breed. As one can guess, their long neck prevents them from being able to pull their head into their shell.
They can emit a foul-smelling liquid that smells like skunk from their musk glands when threatened. This raccoon, native to Central and South America, has been recently imported and has become available to private owners in small numbers.
As the name suggests, they eat crustaceans but also foods like fruit, amphibians, and eggs. While it looks like a rat, the bettong is a marsupial, like the wallaby that it also resembles (it is also called a rat-kangaroo).
This adorable crab is used as a member of community marine aquariums. This endearing trait makes it a fine choice for tanks with peaceful fish and invertebrates.
These are lesser anteaters, and they have complex dietary requirements that are difficult for the average person to provide. The very rare but stunning-looking marbled polecat is a ferret-like animal that in the past was kept to control rodents in Kabul.
They've been available on exotic pet selling websites in the past but are presumably extremely hard to track down today. These strange eels are not commonly kept and very difficult to care for, but putting in the effort and setting up their complex environment (they require a very deep sand bed, so they can form their holes from which they stick out of) is well worth it.
Degas are not rare in the pet trade by any means, but the majority of people have never heard of them. They are inexpensive and can be cared for with more typical small pet requirements.
“Coats (Coatimundi)” by She Paused 4 Thought is licensed under CC BY 2.0 This raccoon relative from South America possesses great dexterity.
They are popular animals within the exotic pet trade despite their size and complicated enrichment needs. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional.
I also love and proudly raise toads and amphibians, and I love all manner of insects though I don't keep them often due to their short life spans -- it would hurt me too much to have to deal with their passing. I've actually been told Amanda are very difficult pets, but it probably helps that you live in their country, so they could forage naturally.
Dr Mark from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on October 04, 2017: They eat a lot of different foods, so feeding is not that difficult, even for those of you that are not “blessed” with thousands of termite nests.
Unfortunately, the Amanda does stink, so for that reason is not one of the best exotic pets. Your poll is a bit leading, and also as an internet poles means nothing.
One thing about the Gambian pouched rat: it's become naturalized on Key Largo (critics call it “invasive,” though it hasn't spread outside the keys); I've long thought it would be neat for someone living in South Florida to get permission to trap them, then breed and export them, preferably before the FRS ads it to their “injurious wildlife” list because it can sort of survive on one small tropical island. The most beautiful squirrel in existence that no common gray could hold a candle to.
ShutterstockThough many people would call turkeys' vocalizations less than calming, others claim these big birds are the perfect companion for those who could use some emotional support. That was the case in 2016, when passengers on a Delta flight discovered that someone in the plane's Comfort+ section had brought an emotional support turkey on board as their therapeutic companion.
Case in point: A 2016 Frontier Airlines flight was greeted by police at Las Vegas' McCarthy International Airport after a passenger's emotional support marmoset got loose during the trip from Columbus, Ohio. After passengers brought emotional support snakes aboard multiple flights, Delta had to issue a prohibition on the amphibian friends boarding planes via press release in early 2018.
Unfortunately, that doesn't necessarily mean they're welcome everywhere: In January 2018, United Airlines informed a woman attempting to board a plane with her emotional support peacock that her feathered friend was not a welcome guest. After his appearance on a flight from Charlotte to Asheville, North Carolina, a woman's emotional support duck, Daniel Turducken Stinker butt, went viral, thanks in large part to his adorable outfit: a Captain America diaper and tiny red shoes.
In fact, emotional support goats are so common that both American and Alaska Airlines have banned them from coming aboard their planes. ShutterstockWhile you can't hold them and you'd be hard-pressed to get them to make eye contact, goldfish are apparently among the many strange companions earning the emotional support animal designation these days.
In 2015, a number of emotional support llamas got loose in Arizona, getting a staggering amount of media coverage for their flight from the senior center where they'd been working. Small, inconspicuous, and easy to train, rats have become an increasingly popular emotional support pet in recent years.
Shutterstock you want an emotional support animal that will sit in your lap, snack on carrots, and be about as unobtrusive as pets get, try a guinea pig on for size. In Plymouth, Massachusetts, an emotional support rooster called Little G has found himself at the center of local controversy, with many of Little G's neighbors finding themselves disturbed by the noisy bird.
He is based in Phoenix, but provides mobile chiropractic care for people and animals across the state of AZ. The benefit to this versus other options is that his focus is on applying chiropractic principles to the equine athlete.
This is in contrast to applying medicinal principles and using chiropractic as simply a tool in a toolbox. The chiropractic work performed by Dr. Mike is not used to treat any conditions, ailments or symptoms, but rather to ensure that you and your animals are moving and functioning optimally.
However, in regard to animal care, if treatment of specific conditions, ailments or symptoms is what you are looking for, please consult with your veterinarian. The purpose of Chiropractic is to ensure that the nervous system of the horse is able to control the animal as it was designed to do.
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