Thinking about getting a getting a weird and exotic animal? You’ve come to check out the right list. First though, we would suggest that you consider potentially adopting an animal. You can check out our article that lists five of the top animal shelters in California if you are from California. Otherwise, maybe do a quick Google search to look for adoptable animals. If you haven’t been convinced and you’re still looking for a pretty weird pet here are some of the top potential options:

Bearded Dragon

Bearded dragons are one of the cool exotic lizards that you could own in North America if you are looking for an exotic animal. These reptiles get to be about 1-2 pounds in weight and can grow to be up to two feet long. These cool animals originate from Australia and make good pets because they are generally willing to be handled by humans and don’t mind the interaction. Bearded dragons need the temperature and climate to be rather specific, so make sure that you are checking on all of the information that you need before you try to own one of these animals. After you check it out, you can legally get a Bearded dragon at many pet stores in the US.

Fennec Fox

In many ways it is very surprising that it is legal to own Fennec foxes in much of the USA. These are the world’s smallest fox, a wild animal that generally lives in Africa and the Middle East. These foxes are incredibly tiny, shorter than a foot and a half long, less than a foot tall, and typically weighing less than four pounds. Luckily you don’t have to worry too much about the population of Fennec foxes in the wild because they’re currently classified as ‘least concern’ on the IUCN Red List. These tiny foxes could be a good pet for you but make sure that you’ve done plenty of research, considered adopting a more normal animal, and if you’re set on a Fennec fox make sure that it is legal in your state because in some states like Missouri, Minnesota, Nevada and Washington it may not be legal to own one of these cute little foxes.


You may not think of them initially when you are thinking about pets or exotic animals but one that fits both criteria that you may want to own is a hedgehog. There is probably already a lot of information that you may know about hedgehogs if you have thought about getting one in the past such as that they are born blind, that they have spikes which they use to defend themselves, or that they are omnivorous. But make sure that you read a lot to not miss out on extra facts when you are considering whether or not you want a hedgehog. These animals can live up to 10-15 years in captivity. Once you’ve made the choice that you want to get a hedgehog you need to double check that you are in a state where it is legal to own that hedgehog, because there are some like in Pennsylvania, Hawaii, California, Georgia, Arizona, and Maine where you may not be able to own one.

Muntjac Deer

Muntjac deer are interesting because they are a pet that has had some controversy because some of the places where they have been brought as pets they are also considered an invasive species, for example in the UK. These are one of the smallest types of deer and the different varieties rarely get much larger than 20 pounds. The deer don’t get much taller than about a foot and a half. They are one of the types of deer that was first discovered. Make sure to check all of the local laws before trying to own one of these as a pet but if you go for it they may make a good pet.

Miniature Donkey

The miniature donkey or mini donkey is not that mini and is the biggest animal on our list of potential exotic pets that you could own. They can get up to 450 pounds and generally are at least a couple hundred pounds big. They’re not that tall at about three feet at most generally. These miniature donkeys generally come from Italy originally but they were brought to the United States in the early 1900s. You need to make extra sure before you decide you want a miniature donkey as a pet because these animals can live over 30 years which is a very long time.