In a world where millions share their homes with a dog or cat, it is evident that the unconditional relationships forged between people and their pets is often unparalleled by other forms of companionship. However, for many people around the world, sharing their life with a domesticated animal simply isn't enough, and many thousands have opened their hearts and homes to a variety of exotic pet animals.
From sugar gliders, iguanas, bearded dragons and flying squirrels to panthers, poison dart frogs, pot-bellied pigs and spotted pythons, the types of exotic animals kept as pets around the world are wide and varied. Viewed as unusual and unique companions, exotic pet animals have grown into a hot commodity, many selling illegally for hundreds to thousands of dollars by animal dealers and distributers across the globe.
While the attraction of owning an alternative to the typical domesticated dog or cat can be both exhilarating and exciting, the dangers of sharing your life with exotic pet animals can often outweigh the benefits. Because exotic animals are undomesticated by definition, removing them from the wild and harboring them as house pets can pose an assortment of problems to both people and their pets. Keeping a pet monkey or panther, for instance, inside an enclosure where it lacks access to proper exercise and stimulation can result in behavioral issues, stress and trauma for the animal. This, in turn, can be taken out violently on an unsuspecting human owner.
In addition to having a high potential for behavioral problems and excessive anxieties, an overwhelming majority of exotic pet animals that come from the far reaches of the earth also come with a host of diseases, many of which can be transmitted to humans. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the list of diseases associated with exotic pets is lengthy, and ranges from chlamydia, giardia, rabies, ringworm and hepatitis A to tuberculosis, measles, monkey pox, shigella and salmonella.
If you're debating whether or not to purchase one of the many types of exotic pet animals on the market today, take a moment to consider the wide array of risks you're taking when you open your home to an animal that wasn't designed to be in captivity. Do yourself and your potential pet a favor by leaving these undomesticated animals where they belong -- in the wild.
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