For years, cats were the dominating force of internet memes. In the last year or so, though, dog owners seem to be taking over. Seems like all we see on social media is pictures of dogs. Honestly, both groups are pretty boring. Where are the exotic pets? Why not set Instagram on fire with a bunch of pics of your snake or your rat? Everyone loves the guy or gal who hangs out with exotic pets. Figure out which one of these offbeat pets is right for you, and become instantly irresistible.
Bearded dragons make great first lizards for any weird adult or child. Not only are they cool-looking as hell and easy to care for, but they also have surprisingly bright personalities for lizards. And they’re receptive to handling, so they won’t flip out on your grabby kid. And you get to tell people you have a pet dragon.
Chilean rose-haired tarantulas are among the most popular tarantula species kept as pets. The reason why is simple: They look huge and scary, but they’re actually really docile and easy-going. That’s what you call a pet that’s the best of both worlds. At least, you’ll call it that if you’re kind of a creep.
Rats are as intelligent and as charming as dogs, and they’re cute AF too if you can get past the fact that they’re rats. There are just two hurdles to get past. One, they live for only a few years, so you’ll bond with your intelligent rat pal quickly, then lose him or her quickly. And two, you’ll be the weird guy or girl with the rat, and people won’t want to be your friend.
5. Pixie Frogs
Despite their name, there’s nothing small or cute about pixie frogs. The beefy bad boys can weigh up to 9 pounds. Imagine having a 9-pound frog in your house. And watching it eat rats. In one bite.
Stop buying huge pythons, you snake creeps. Come on, do you really want to buy another rabbit every time your pet gets hungry? Get a corn snake instead. They stay a reasonable 4-6 feet in length and eat rats or mice.
Emperor Scorpions are like the Chilean rose-haired tarantulas of scorpions. Which is to that they’re both the biggest and scariest variety, get the chillest and gentlest at the same time. Despite those huge front pedipalps, they won’t kill you. Even their venom is mild as hell.
There are lots of gecko varieties you can keep as pets, but leopard geckos are among the most popular, and for good reasons. They’re easy to breed, which means they’re easy to get. And they’re relatively easy to care for, which makes them a good choice as a starter pet for anyone interested in keeping lizards.
Skunks would be cute as hell if they didn’t stink. But a surprising number of people keep them as pets. Many have their skunks’ scent glands removed, but others argue the practice is cruel. But why wouldn’t a skunk wants its own stink-sacs removed? Do you think they want to smell like your grandma’s filled diaper?
Also known in some regions as “flap gerbils,” sugar gliders are objectively the most adorable animals on Earth. Just look at those globoid peepers, those kawaii snoots, those lil grabbies. For all that, you only have to be willing to deal with their stink and their weird, alien barking. Seems worth it, TBH.