• Top 10 Exotic Animals – 2001 U.S. Pet Ownership

    An exotic pet, by definition, is a rare or unusual animal kept as a pet, or an animal kept within human households which is not commonly thought of as a pet. Sometimes any unique or wild-looking pet is called an exotic pet. The term “exotic” may also be used for a species which is non-indigenous to the owner’s locale. Many major pet stores and service providers (such as veterinary insurance carriers or online retailers) tend to classify any animal besides cats, dogs, small rodents, small birds or fish as “exotic”.

    Animals kept as exotic pets include but are not limited to the following:

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    • African Pygmy Hedgehogs
    • Alligators
    • Amphibians
    • Arctic Foxes
    • Bears
    • Capybaras
    • Cockatiels
    • Coyotes
    • Degus
    • Fennec Foxes
    • Genets
    • Hares
    • Indian Star Tortoises
    • Polecats
    • Raccoons
    • Red Foxes
    • Skunks
    • Sugar Gliders
    • Tame Silver Foxes
    • Wallaroos
    • Wolves and wolf/dog hybrids

    It has been estimated that as many as 15,000 non-human primates are kept by private individuals as pets in the United States. While many professionals, including veterinarians, zoologists, humane societies and others, strongly discourage the keeping of non-human primates as pets, we reveal the top 10 exotic animals people keep as pets in the United States. These figures are according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) 2001 pet ownership statistics.

    By Households (in 1,000)

    #1.  Fish                                  6,396

    #2.  Rabits                               1,783

    #3.  All others                             839

    #4.  Hamsters                             734

    #5.  Turtles                                 629

    #6.  Livestock                              524

    #7.  Guinea pigs                          524

    #8.  Ferrets                                 472

    #9.  Lizards                                 419

    #10. Other birds, other rodents,

    other reptiles, and snakes     315

    By Population (in 1,000)

    #1.  Fish                                 49,251

    #2.  Rabbits                              4,813

    #3.  Livestock                           2,936

    #4.  Other birds                        2,894

    #5.  All others                           2,013

    #6.  Turtles                               1,070

    #7.  Ferrets                                  991

    #8.  Hamsters                              881

    #9.  Other rodents                        786

    #10. Snakes                                 661

    Source:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exotic_pet

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