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In today’s fast and stressful life, who doesn’t want something or someone that could relieve all their stress? And what would be the best answer for this? You got it right, a pet. The most common pets are dogs and cats, but people sometimes go wild over their pet choices. But not all animals you love are legal to have as pets in The United Kingdom. So now we’ll look at what exotic pets are legal in The United Kingdom.
Let’s keep them coming!
Some Exotic pets that are legal in the UK
1. African Pygmy Hedgehog
Who wouldn’t want this four toes cute little species to be their pet? African Pygmy Hedgehog is a hybrid of white-bellied and Algerian hedgehog. They are small enough to fit in your hands, and they are softly spined on their coat. But their maintenance is not that easy. You’ll have to be very specific about their diet, including insects. Their living conditions are also to be met. Their lifespan can be as long as 3-6 years, and they can grow up to 6-8 inches long.
2. Sugar Gliders
These tiny squirrel-like creatures are also included in the list of legal exotic pets in The United Kingdom. These live 10-15 years and can grow up to 9-12 inches from the tip of the nose to the tail. They need ample space to move around and some quiet place to sleep in the daytime and come out at night. They need a warm area and a lot of room to jump around, and they also need ropes hanging down. The pet-owner relationship can be formed, but it will require time, care, and attention.
3. Pygmy Goat
You must have seen a ton of videos of Pygmy goats on social media. They run around and jump and are adorable. Unlike normal goats, pygmy goats are more miniature and are unstoppable when they are in the mood to have fun. These grow no more than 20 inches in size. They are tiny and cute but produce a significant amount of milk compared to their size. They can produce 1-2 quarts of milk every day, rich in butterfat. But their milking time is shorter than a normal goat. But their maintenance will cost you enough as they need an excellent field or a massive garden as they feed on grass.
Do you want to have an alien-looking pet? We got you covered. Axolotl is an entirely different type of creature that is legal to have as a pet in The United Kingdom. It’s a type of salamander that is related to tiger salamanders. They are wholly aquatic, and fascinating to watch them grow. They are found in a variety of colours like grey, black, white, and golden and are best if you are a beginner as a pet owner.
5. Micro Pigs
If you want to have an adorable miniature pig sitting beside you on the couch. Micro pigs are what you need. They come in a variety of colours and are also known as painted pigs. They grow to a maximum of 20-30 pound range and 12-16 inches tall when fully grown. They are very social and intelligent and will play around you. But they do need a big area to survive, so do not get one of these if you live in a small apartment.
Yes, an octopus can be kept as a pet in The United Kingdom. They are readily available online and in aquariums, for you to adopt. They are highly intelligent and notorious. They will cost you a lot of money as they are high maintenance. They need an aquarium that holds at least 55 gallons of water and two pumps to keep the water clean. It would be best to keep an extra aquarium for when cleaning.
So the Tarantulas are enormous spiders, yes they are scary, but you know, some people like such stuff. If you have a busy schedule, this would be a perfect pet as they do not ask for much maintenance and do not need to be fed much often. But they are not the best pets out there, to be honest. They are venomous and can harm you and your family. The female tarantulas live about 20-30 years, whereas males only live ten years.
8. Marmoset Monkeys
These are tiny, adorable monkeys, also known as finger monkeys because they are small enough to curl around your finger. Their communication medium is through their scent glands, and they produce a very distinctive smell. These little miniature monkeys are enthusiastic and like to have fun.
The capybara species are a wild species and are a little challenging to have as pets because of their maintenance. They need a large area and deep pools for them to swim. If adopted at a young age, they can have some attachment with you, but if you adopt an adult, it might take some time to build a bond. However, they make great pets.
10. Ball Python
This is one of the best snakes to have as a pet for first-time snake owners. They make a good pet and grow up to 5 feet long. It is evident that, unlike domestic animals, a snake is a reptile that does not form a strong bond with the owner. But owning snakes can also be dangerous. In a few incidents, people were found dead with their snakes out of their former place.
Now you have a list of a few exotic animals that you could own legally in The United Kingdom. Having pets in your house is in a class by itself for your mental health, but the choice of pet has to be correct. Be careful when you choose a pet. Make sure you have enough patience, money, and space for the pet you choose. The area you live in, the size of the room you can provide, and the presence of children are to be kept in mind. I hope you have a good time with all sorts of pets, and they are all lovable!