10 Exotic Pets You Didn't Know Were Legal


Bears are the largest land carnivore in the world, weighing up to 1,500 pounds. They have huge teeth and their claws are as sharp as small blades and can tear someone apart with ease.


Many types of monkeys are legal as pets. However, caring for them is costly and time-consuming. They’ll need diapers, specific food, specialized veterinary care, and a lot of attention.


While chimps are highly intelligent and can be trained to do many things, using the toilet isn’t one of them. Chimps require diapers, special diets, and a massive amount of money, attention, and time.


Tigers are legal in very few places. They require a massive amount of food and need a large area and specialized veterinary care to remain healthy.


These adorable, small, slow-moving animals appear as though they’d make good family pets. But even with great caretaking, they don’t do well in captivity.


Kinkajous are rarely considered tame and tend to bite and scratch their keepers. Their saliva contains dangerous bacteria that can cause potentially severe and deadly reactions if bitten.


Appearing like a giant guinea pig, capybaras are allowed to be kept as pets in very few places. There are good reasons not to. They are social creatures, moving in groups of 100, and are never alone.


Appearing like a longer-legged domesticated cat, servals are wild cats from Africa. They are illegal in many parts of the world.

Fennec Foxes

Fennec foxes weigh less than 3 pounds. Their large ears and small size make them look adorable. They’re most active at twilight and likely to keep you up at night.

Prairie Dogs

Technically rodents, prairie dogs are a type of ground squirrel. These adorable critters are found throughout the Great Plains of the United States.

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