Due to this, they cannot be sold over state lines in the United States due to the Endangered Species Act, but they are still privately owned. They are nocturnal animals that have the unpleasant habit of rubbing their hands with their own urine. This raccoon, native to Central and South America, has been recently imported and has become available to private owners in small numbers.

For more details, see our Privacy Policy. Ankara’s odd (some might say adorable) discovery went relatively unnoticed for several years, until someone posted his photo of the fuzzy white moth with bulging black eyes and bizarre antennae online. One famously attacked the Costa Rican Minister of Environment in 2006, and we were fortunate to catch one taking a catnap in Corcovado National Park. Unlike Patagonians, they are small enough to easily be house pets, but not unlike guinea pigs, their cages need to be constantly cleaned. They’re also the only mammals in the world that inject their prey with venom, using special grooves in their teeth. Also known as the Indian Purple Frog or Pignose Frog, this grape-colored goliath looks like Grimace (if he was a fat frog with a small head and a pointy snout). Thanks for including the Tamandua in your list. Though it’s also known as the Clown Frogfish, this globulous, warty wonder is no joke. There is no clear line that separates so-called domesticated and non-domesticated animals. 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. I've heard of most of those and some are high on my wishlist, both the "could actually have if I ever get a house in the country" list and my "if the FWS and CDC both come to their senses or I move to the United Kingdom" list. The Oilbird, known in northern South America as guácharo, is a striking beauty by contrast: Reddish-brown, with diamond-shaped white spots edged in black. The pheasant-sized bird, whose chicks possess claws on two of their wing digits, is also called the Stinkbird due to the manure-like odor caused by its unique digestive system. Seeing its vivid colors amongst the coral reef last year in Coron, Palawan was one of the most exciting and memorable experiences we’ve ever had while snorkeling or Scuba diving during our travels. Found in the Indo-Pacific region, this voracious carnivore attacks any small animal within its strike range and has a huge mouth that can consume prey its own size.

Once ranging all across South Asia, there are currently less than 1,000 left in the wild. It is critically endangered and found only in Queensland’s Epping Forest National Park. Kinkajous are somewhat popular in the exotic pet trade and they received some exposure after an unfortunate incident where celebrity Paris Hilton was injured by one she illegally possessed as a pet (in California, where few exotic pets aside from reptiles are legal). These days, these Asiatic squirrels are getting hard to find. They are powder blue with a purple chest and boast an intricate almost lace like crown that, along with their poise, makes them appear undeniably royal. Most people have not heard of every animal on this list before, so if you have, you must know your animals. These animals are slightly larger than domestic cats, but do very much resemble them. Cute, huh? The normal-colored animal has an uncanny resemblance to a typical raccoon, but it is a canid from East Asia. 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! They’re frequently used for research by scientists due to their ability to regenerate limbs. The Horned Screamer resides in the marshes of South America, and is the official bird of the Department of Arauca in Colombia. Well, truth is stranger than fiction: this ant was actually named after Texas exterminator Tom Rasberry, who was the first to notice a general invasion by this South American species. Being native animals, they are banned in many states, including those which have 'lenient' exotic pet laws like North Carolina and Nevada. Growing up feeling like a bit of an odd bird myself, I’ve always been fascinated by strange animals and weird insects.

“Dik Dik” by jjmusgrove is licensed under CC BY 2.0. It’s leaf-life wings make great camouflage, but their long legs are relatively useless. The fact is that pleasing fungus beetles—which consist of about 100 genera in the family Erotylidae—have brightly colored and/or intricately patterned carapaces, which makes them very pleasing to entomologists, if to no one else. The very rare but stunning-looking marbled polecat is a ferret-like animal that in the past was kept to control rodents in Kabul. But in the larval stage they’re known as Hickory Horned Devils, and look like something out of a horror film director’s nightmares. Being against exotic pet-keeping is misguided. These animals are not commonly held as pets, but opportunities to get them do exist. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on April 20, 2020: Do four eyed opossums really have four eyes?

A full appreciation of the angora rabbit requires a brief introduction to the textile industry. Asian palm civets are viverrids that are about the size of a house cat. Amazingly enough considering its stark appearance, the penis snake was discovered in Brazil in the late 19th century, then promptly forgotten for over a hundred years until a living specimen was re-discovered in 2011. As one can guess, their long neck prevents them from being able to pull their head into their shell. READ MORE: Top 15 Things to Do in Coron, Palawan (Philippines). I put no while I do think some of these can be kept as pets (for example the smaller rodent like ones are are easily bred). They also make decent pets, for a squirrel. Also known as the Ghost Bat, this tiny (1.5-inch) cutie is one of only two white bat species in the world.

If you’ve watched award-winning environmental documentaries such as Planet Earth, you’ve probably seen the dazzling mating dance that makes this iridescent New Guinea beauty so special. Ranging in length from 43 to 55 inches and weighing 15 to 31 pounds, their massive wingspan of 8 to 10 feet has had them confused with small airplanes on more than one occasion. They’re limbless, with snake-like bodies marked with earthworm-like rings, and heads that look like a portion of the male anatomy. The Xenopus genus includes 20 species of aquatic frogs found in sub-Saharan Africa. They should have a diet similar to guinea pigs, of which they are closely related. READ MORE: The Secret Trail in the City of Petra, Habitat: Cliffs and rainforests in northern Vietnam, Conservation Status: Least Concern, population decreasing. "Traditional" pets are great, but some people prefer something a little more unusual. It’s nickname comes from the fact that the tree frog’s elongated nose grows rigid and erect when he’s calling out to prospective mates, but otherwise remains limp and deflated. READ MORE: Endangered Species that Mate for Life, Size: Length: 1.14 to 1.37 feet; Weight: 11.28 to 20.10 oz, Conservation Status: Vulnerable, population decreasing. 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. It was discovered in the Andes of Colombia and Ecuador in 2013, making it the first new carnivorous mammal seen in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years. Though they’re found in deep waters all around the world, they rank among the most uncommon animals of the Octopus species. But what makes this critically endangered scavenger one of the world’s weirdest birds is its size. Springhaas is an Afrikaans name; they are also called springhares in the Western world.

Habitat: Rivers and islands of China and Korea, Size: Length: 2.5 to 3.3 feet; Weight: 20 to 31 pounds, Diet: Coarse grasses, vegetables, beets, reeds. It has squishy foot pads that work like snowshoes to help it keep its footing in the desert sand, and a coat that is remarkably which in winter and nearly bald in summer. READ MORE: Animal Selfies: The Problem with Putting Ego Over Responsibility, Habitat: Freshwater lakes, rivers, lagoons, farm dams, streams, Size: Length: 17 to 20 in; Weight: 1.5 to 5.3 pounds, Diet: Annelid worms, insect larvae freshwater yabby and shrimp. READ MORE: Punk-Rock Birds & Pimp Monkeys in the Peruvian Amazon, Habitat: Coastal areas, scrublands, tussocklands, Size: Length: 23 to 25 in; Weight: 4.4 to 8.8.

Habitat: Bathypelagic zone of the open ocean, Diet: Crustaceans, shrimp, other fish, snails. But the Chinese subspecies is particularly unusual. These days they can only be found along rivers in India and Nepal. (A very small six-year-old, to be sure: S. linoeloata measures barely two inches long from the top of its head to the tips of its tentacles.) Not much else is known about the species, other than the fact that it lives in the rainforest of the Foja Mountains. Learn about the “meaning” behind everyday Male dog names and Female dog names. For many animals, particularly domesticated ones, there are specific names for males, females, young, and groups..