How to Buy Exotic Pets

Updated April 17, 2017

Deciding to buy an exotic pet is a huge decision that takes lots of planning. Exotic pets need special care and there are laws that govern the ownership of exotic pets that are different in every state. Here is how to buy an exotic pet legally and responsibly.

Check with the laws in your state to see if you need a permit to own your exotic pet. Many kinds of exotic pets require special permits that have waiting periods, but some you can get right away. Your pet dealer will know what kind of permit is required.

Locate a veterinarian in your area who can care for your exotic pet. If you don't have any health care options for your exotic pet, then it is probably not a good idea to buy one. If your pet gets sick, you will want someone who knows how to take care of it.

Locate a source for supplies and food for your exotic pet. You need a source for food and supplies close to your home. Some exotic pets need exotic foods. You might need special vitamins or accessories for your exotic pet. Find out where you will be buying these things before you buy your exotic pet.

Research your exotic pet. Find out everything you can about the characteristics of your exotic pet and the proper care and feeding of it. Make sure it is something that fits in with your lifestyle. If possible, talk to people who have the same kind of exotic pets on Internet forums and find out the joys and woes of your particular pet.

Find a dealer. The hardest step of all may be to locate your exotic pet. Some pet shops can special order exotic pets, so if you don't know of a specific dealer, ask your pet shop owner. If the pet shop can't order it they may know how you can get it. Some exotic pets can be brokered online but be sure you are purchasing from a reputable dealer that takes good medical care of its pets.

Things You'll Need

  • Exotic pet dealer
  • Research
  • Permits
  • Vet
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About the Author

Christine Sostarich is a freelance writer and poet based in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. She has served as managing editor, publisher, and poetry editor for numerous literary journals online and in print such as The Cortland Review, Moondance, and Maelstrom. Her work was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2000.