Craziest Animals People Have As Pets

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Most would agree that pets are practically part of the family. In animal-loving San Diego, it’s common to see a dog sitting with their owner outside of a coffee shop or on the patio of a restaurant; tons of tap rooms and breweries are even dog-friendly. While most people go the usual route of having a dog or cat, there are some crazy exotic animals out there that people decide to keep as pets. But hey, who are we to judge? We’re certainly not saying there aren’t cute…

Sugar Glider

If we’re being honest, sugar gliders are my secret obsession, so when I found out people actually have them as pets, I totally freaked out. Sugar gliders are extremely social creatures and are extremely affectionate when properly taken care of. Sugar gliders are moderately difficult to have as pets, considering they are nocturnal and can get into hard to reach places around your home if you don’t monitor them. Nevertheless, they are a 10/10 when it comes to being adorable.


A far cry from your average house cat, the Serval originates from Central and Southern Africa and has an average lifespan of up to 19 years. These unique felines are the closest you can get to owning a cheetah, with the Serval being nearly as quick as one too!

Dwarf pigs

Also known as Teacup Pigs, these little bundles of joy make for great pets and a lot of collective “ahhhs” from anyone who sees them. Dwarf pigs are highly social and are best kept with others. They are also hypoallergenic, making them perfect pets for anyone who suffers from allergies.


These cute little spiny animals make for great pets, and can be extremely loving and caring if taken care of correctly. While in the wild, they typically have a lifespan of four to six years, but when domesticated, they can live for up to 10 years. They are also nocturnal, a perfect companion for all you night owls.

Fennec Fox

These majestic creatures are extremely inquisitive and caring creatures and can be highly sociable and loving when kept as pets. They are known for having seemingly boundless energy and have been reported as being quite the mischievous bunch if not monitored.

Burmese Python

Reptiles aren’t everyone’s thing, but these stunning snakes are ideal candidates if you’re looking for an exotic reptile as a pet. Burmese pythons are highly docile and are actually quite simple to take care of. Keep in mind that these pythons can grow to incredible sizes, reaching upwards of 20 feet and weighing over 250 pounds.


Native to South America, the capybara is the largest rodent in the world and is closely related to the guinea pig. These massive rodents measure 4 feet on average and can weigh up to 100 pounds. They definitely aren’t your usual rodent-like pets, but they aren’t much different in size from a large dog!

Squirrel Monkey

These two-pound monkeys are super energetic and extremely affectionate. It can be tough to keep up with their need for attention and play, but that doesn’t mean they make for bad pets. Squirrel monkeys are best kept in areas with complex enclosures that allow them to effectively play.

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