Lots of people have cats and dogs, but a few adventurous pet owners crave something a little less common. Do you prefer a raccoon to a retriever or a squirrel to a Siamese cat? If so, test your knowledge with this quiz.
The common name of this pet is the anteater — specifically the lesser anteater. The lesser anteater is a native of South America and is legal to own in most areas of the U.S.
Ball pythons grow 3-5 feet (91-152 centimeters) in length and can live for 30 years.
Chinchillas are native to the Andes mountains of South America.
The captive bred or pet desert tortoises cannot be returned to the wild because many are hybrids. Not only would these turtles compromise the genetics of wild populations, but they also introduce a high risk of spreading disease to wild desert tortoises.
Eastern box turtles are popular exotic pets because they are docile and can be legally kept in most states. Some states, however, may require a permit to keep an eastern box turtle as a pet.
The ferret has this unfortunate name.
Usually, the gecko will grow a new tail after it sheds an old one.
The quills on a hedgehog help protect against snake bites and are often used to injure or kill snakes.
Iguanas excrete saline through their nostrils to regulate salt levels in the body. Iguanas, which start out small, are believed to be one of the most popular reptile pets in the United States. However, because iguanas can grow up to 6 feet (2 meters) in length, they can eventually become troublesome for some pet owners.
The jerboa is a rare exotic pet and was the mascot for Britain's 7th Armored Brigade, aka the "Desert Rats," during World War II.
The scientific name of the kinkajou is <i>Potos flavus</i>.
The loris is a primate related to the lemurs of Madagascar; some of the characters in DreamWorks' 2005 animated film, "Madagascar," closely resemble the loris.
Millipede females build a nest on the ground and lay 100 eggs or more in the nest. Millipede hatchlings will emerge from their eggs in approximately one month, which can take pet owners from one pet to hundreds in the span of mere weeks.
The word amphibian comes from the Greek word "<i>amphibios</i>," which translates to "a double life." This name is fitting because amphibians spend part of their lives in the water and part on land.
Octopuses are invertebrates, a classification that refers to animals without a backbone. Both opossums and ostriches are vertebrates.
The skin of all pigs has very little hair and is therefore sensitive to the sun. Potbellied pig, like their larger cousins, wallow in mud not only to stay cool, but also to protect their skin against damage from the sun.
The bobwhite quail is native to these areas.
This is true for rabbits. Males and females of raccoons and red squirrels are called boars and sows, respectively.
Sugar gliders are marsupials. Marsupials are mammals that give birth to immature young and carry them in pouches.
Tarantulas are carnivores. Most tarantulas eat insects, such as beetles and grasshoppers, but some larger species will even eat frogs, lizards and small birds.
The <i>Uromastyx</i>, or spiny-tailed lizard, is native to the northern Sahara Desert. These lizards can tolerate high temperatures and have been known to bask in temperatures up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit (49 degrees Celsius).
The plains viscacha is the common name for the <i>Lagostomus maximus</i>. The plains viscacha lives in the grasslands of South America and matures to 18 pounds (8 kilograms).
The newborn babies of the Bennett's wallaby are the size of a jelly bean. Wallabies are marsupials, so mothers carry these tiny babies in pouches until they are much more developed.
X-Ray tetras are native to the Amazon River and therefore require an aquarium. Bones, organs and eggs can be seen through a translucent skin that covers the fish.
Yellow-billed hornbills are favored by enthusiasts because they are smaller and easier to handle than other varieties.
Mutations that disrupt embryonic development have been isolated in zebra fish and can serve as models for gaining a greater understanding of human diseases.
Female boa constrictors develop eggs inside their bodies and then give birth to live young. Animals that produce and retain eggs internally and then give birth to live offspring are called ovoviviparous.
Crepuscular animals are most active at dawn and dusk; they are neither nocturnal nor diurnal.
Fainting goats have a genetic muscular condition and do not actually lose consciousness. The genetic disorder is called myotonia congenita. When fainting goats are startled, their muscles suddenly and vigorously contract, causing them to fall over. Their contracted muscles then relax very slowly, giving the appearance that the goats fainted and are regaining consciousness.
The serval is the second fastest of all cats — only the cheetah is faster.