Maybe you’re not really a dog person or a cat person. Maybe you want a pet that is as unique as you are. Or maybe you just have a love of all things different and exotic, and that love extends to animals, too. Whatever the reason, you may be in luck. There are many exotic animals that you can legally keep as a pet in the United States.
A word of warning, the animals on this list are not considered domesticated. That means they are potentially dangerous and unpredictable. It is also illegal for you to remove an animal from the wild and keep it as a pet. If you want to purchase an exotic pet, you need to legally buy the animal from a reputable exotic animal dealer.
Now that you have been advised of the drawbacks to owning an exotic animal, let’s look at the types of animals that you can legally own in the United States, as long as there aren’t local laws prohibiting it: