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Unusual Pets: Five of the Weirdest Ever

When people consider owning a pet, they tend to think about dogs, cats, hamsters, fish and reptiles. Most people would never consider owning a cockroach or skunk as pets. However, some people find that they are the best kind. Here are some of the quirkiest pets we’ve found.

It is difficult to believe that many people own skunks as pets throughout the U.S. and Europe. In the U.S., most pet skunks have the gland that produces the foul smelling liquid removed when they are about four weeks old. Skunks require spaying or neutering, vaccinations and worming. Since skunks use their claws to handle food, do not declaw skunks; however, occasionally trimming them is acceptable.

Originating in Australia, and weighing up to 100 pounds, wallaroos are a mix of kangaroo and wallabies, resulting in a marsupial that is larger than a wallaby, but smaller than a kangaroo. Because of their size and eating habits, it is best to keep them outside. Keeping them in a pasture where they can graze is ideal, since they are herbivores. Otherwise, secure wallaroos in a large fenced yard or pen.

Axolotls are interesting creatures with the ability to regenerate wounded body parts. Because they retain their gills and remain aquatic, they are salamanders that do not fully mature during its larval state. Caring for axolotls can be tricky because of their voracious appetites. Never use aquarium gravel; only use sand, and large pebbles for axolotl aquariums. They tend to eat anything they can easily swallow, resulting in intestinal blockages that could lead to death. Fish pellets and night crawlers are suitable food for axolotls.

Originating in South America, the capybara looks like a gigantic guinea pig. Weighing nearly 100 pounds and growing up to four feet tall, it is the largest rodent in the word. These semi-aquatic herbivores require plenty of outdoor space, and a pond or pool to roam, graze and swim.

Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
While most people pay to have cockroaches exterminated, others find that they make suitable pets. Keep these insects in a 10-15 gallon tank with other cockroaches. Line the bottom of the tank with hardwood shavings. You may use bark or pieces of cardboard to create hiding spaces. Madagascar cockroaches love eating fresh fruits and vegetables.

Whether you choose to open your home to a traditional pet, or an exotic pet, it is important for you to make sure your pet is healthy. Research the best ways to care for your pet and take it to the veterinary for annual check-ups and vaccinations. You may also order online veterinary supplies to help maintain your pet’s health.

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