An exotic pet "is a rare or unusual animal pet, or an animal kept as a pet which is not commonly thought of as a pet...
Many major pet stores and service providers (such as veterinary insurance carriers or online retailers) tend to classify any animal besides cats, dogs, small birds or fish as "exotic"."
SPECIES KEPT AS EXOTIC PETS :
- Exotic Pets A to Z - Index of Exotic Pet Information Sorted by Species (species-specific information and care sheets)
PROS and CONS :
- Pros and cons of keeping wild animals as pets
"Many people find it very difficult when they see an interesting or adorable wild animal, to resist the urge to take it home.
In some cases, it may be harmful to the animal to do so, or it may be harmful to the person considering it..."
- Exotic Pet Laws - Finding Out if a Pet is Legal Where You Live
Why do people own exotic pets?
Exotic pets - a factsheet
Crocodile living in Kent
"A caiman is just one of the dangerous animals Britons keep as pets...
Caesar the spectacled caiman crocodile, who lives with his owner in a converted bungalow in Kent, is one of dozens of alligators and crocodiles
kept as licenced pets, according to a Sunday Telegraph study...
More than 4,000 animals are licenced under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act (DWAA), which imposes strict security rules on owners to prevent escapes."
Crocodile bites and scorpion stings treated by NHS doctors
"Exotic animals, many of which can be kept as pets in Britain, caused a number of unusual injuries and maladies last year according to NHS figures.
As well as six crocodile or alligator bites, doctors treated 18 victims of poisonous spiders or scorpions, 52 snake or lizard bites and 50 jellyfish stings."
NHS = The National Health Service
Man keeps 24 crocodiles in back garden
"Shaun, 30, keeps 24 crocodiles and alligators in the semi-detached home in Oxford."
INTERACTIVE ACTIVITIES :
- Trivia Quiz: Exotic Pets
"Lots of people own cats and dogs ... some have hamsters, birds, or guinea pigs ... but some people keep chinchillas, iguanas, and even hedgehogs!
See what you know about the ten exotic pets listed below..."
ACTIVITIES TO PRINT :
LESSON PLANS :
trade threatens exotic animals
- a lesson with "a news article, listening (MP3
file), communication activities, pair work, discussion, reading and vocabulary exercises."
(Breaking News English)