Exotic pets are
becoming more and more popular in the United States and around the world.
Exotic pets are any creatures that can be kept domestically that are from
somewhere else, have special needs, or are otherwise unusual. Boa constrictors
kept as pets qualify, for instance.
So do tigers, for some
of Hollywood’s rich and famous. But these are for the most part not everyone’s
cup of tea–not a lot of people want an animal companion that isn’t safe to let
out of its cage, as you can well imagine. It’s a frequent misconception,
however, that this is all that it means for a pet to be ‘exotic’. Not all
exotic pets are wild animals prone to dangerous behavior, and some of them fit
in quite nicely with a human family. Those that know this the best are those that
keep sugar gliders as pets.
Sugar gliders are tiny
mammals roughly the size of rats or squirrels. However, they are not rodents:
they are mammals. Sugar gliders are perhaps most similar to the flying
squirrels seen in some of the United States’ wooded areas, but their habits and
behavioral traits are quite a bit different.
It’s generally a good
idea to look up a few sugar glider photos to get a proper grasp of how they
look. They’re a little difficult to describe. Without a frame of reference in
the form of a proper image, they might come off sounding like common
rodents-which they are very, very far from. Gliders are adorable, with soulful
eyes and clean, smooth coats of fur. Their wingflaps extend from their forepaws
to their hindpaws, and allow them to glide. They’re also quite acrobatic!
What sets gliders
apart from most pets-exotic or otherwise-is their loyalty. Sugar gliders bond
with their owners in a powerful way. In the wild, gliders form colonies with
other gliders, and they become inseparable for their decade-long lifespan. What
this translates to in domesticity is a very loyal pet that won’t try to run
away, and is far more comfortable in your shirt pocket than up a tree. Gliders
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