Exotics owners?

  1. Heya Folks,
    As a sort of rival thread for the "Dog or Cat Person" question, how many of you are exotics owners and what do you have?

    Just for explanation - in veterinary medicince, "exotics" are any critter except farm animals, dogs & cats. Most hoofstock (Alpacas, etc) and large flightless birds (Emu, Ostrich) are generaly considered to be farm animals.

    In particular, lets hear from the ferret, large bird and herp owners.

    As you can guess by my pic there, I am a ferret freak. I am owned by 3 ferrets;
    Floyd - a chocolate male, 4.5 - 5 years old who was an unwanted pet brought into the SPCA - He is also the only cryptorchid ferret I've seen in my career.
    Gwen (Gwenevere) - a sable female (borderline cinnamon), 4.5 - 5 years old who also came by way of the SPCA but she was a stray someone found in their back yard
    Jake - a sable male 3 - 4 years old, he was a stray who came to me via a friend who is also a vet tech (a former classmate). Jake was found asleep in a laundry basket, apparently entered the house via a doggie door from the outside.

    I am also owned by a 2 year old Australian Inland Bearded Dragon female named Darwin who is one of the few pets I've had in recent years I've actually bought. (In my line of work, pets plop into your lap almost daily it seems, especially in spring.)
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  2. 23 Comments

  3. by   LasVegasRN
    I have 3 betta fish, does that count? :chuckle
  4. by   finallyRN
    I have had 2 rabbits. Lost my last one "Taylor" this summer. Now have a hampster. I live in an apartment so dogs and cats are not an option. Got the hampster this time because I wasn't ready to replace my dear Taylor quite yet but still wanted an animal around. I have never in my life been long without some kind of animal around me.
  5. by   NicuGal
    We have two guinea pigs We love them...they are pretty cool pets
  6. by   nurseman
    Had an albino Ferret that was given to us that died just under a year ago. I liked her and would get another one but she irritates my brother's allergies. Herps are my family's pet of choice. Snakes in particular. We are out so much that we don't have time to properly take care of a dog. I like a pet that I know is going to be alive and happy if no one has time to feed it for a few days or to play with it every day. Over the years we have had many exotic pets and a few barn yard ones as well. My favourite as a child was the goat that my father won at an auction showing me how to bid. We have also had ducks, chickens, rats, mice, turtles rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, and an alligator. The barn yard/rodents were "temporary" pets as they were food for our snakes. Used to have 3-4 boas around the house now we are down to one Burmese python. We call him the big snake because my brother, father and I couldn't agree on a name. Don't know how old he is but we've had him for about 5 years. We also have a 1-year-old rose hair tarantula called Rosie and a gecko or 3 that my nephew wasn't allowed to keep
  7. by   BadBird
    We have a beautiful Blue and Gold MacCaw, (can you guess where I got my name from). She is so spoiled and we wouldn't have it any other way. Drew's vocabulary is wonderful, she laughs, waves her wings and says "Bye Bye", when eating or smelling food she says "MMMMM Good Shyt", she will call a cat "here kitty kitty kitty", barks like a dog, I could go on and on but we love her so much and she is such an enjoyment.
  8. by   dianah
    Iguana named Monty (Short for Montezuma), about 6 yr old and 4 1/2 feet long (would be longer but came to us w/broken tail), got as a rescue. A friend had bought him from a pet store and raised him, kept him in an aquarium; as he got bigger the family got more scared to handle him so he basically sat, confined. My hubby jumped at the chance to have one again (this is the fourth he's ever cared for - all rescues, won't buy from pet stores). He got Monty used to being handled (leather gloves and all, at first). He had two broken front toes, too (Monty, that is, not hubby), that we splinted every day, just to stabilize them until they healed.

    Tortoises, Boris and Natasha, Russian Horsfieldis. About 5 yr old, she has grown to three times his size (he still tries to mate w/her - makes little rubber-ducky squeaky noises when he's being amorous).

    Crows, Mitch and Mel - rescues too. They have malformed legs from a calcium deficiency (waxes and wanes with the crows, from year to year) - can't stand on their legs, so really can't be in the wild. Of course, hubby hoped they would heal, didn't realize this was a permanent condition when he rescued them, after seeing them out of the nest and "helpless." (we know now they were out of the nest for a reason - nature to take it's course and all . . .) They enjoy talking with each other and eating the cat food he lovingly provides twice a day!

    Two lop-eared rabbits (Ashley and Fuzzy).

    . . . as well as our five cats . . .

    My friend, a kindergarten teacher, likes to keep rats (did you know there are several exotic species of rats too?? Dumbos [bigger ears than the others], etc) in the classroom. Says they're smarter than hamsters and guinea pigs, most don't bite and allow kindergarten-type handling.
  9. by   vettech
    Originally posted by LasVegasRN
    I have 3 betta fish, does that count? :chuckle
    You know in my 10 year career I've actually had 2 fish patients, a Betta and a Goldfish. One had an obvious swim bladder problem the other we were unable to diagnose. Both were also beloved pets of very small children which is likely the reason I saw them in the first place. I've seen a dad spend $500 to fix a $5 hamster belonging to his little girl. Now that's a great dad!
  10. by   vettech
    Originally posted by nurseman
    Had an albino Ferret that was given to us that died just under a year ago. I liked her and would get another one but she irritates my brother's allergies. Herps are my family's pet of choice. Snakes in particular. We are out so much that we don't have time to properly take care of a dog. I like a pet that I know is going to be alive and happy if no one has time to feed it for a few days or to play with it every day. Over the years we have had many exotic pets and a few barn yard ones as well. My favourite as a child was the goat that my father won at an auction showing me how to bid. We have also had ducks, chickens, rats, mice, turtles rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, and an alligator. The barn yard/rodents were "temporary" pets as they were food for our snakes. Used to have 3-4 boas around the house now we are down to one Burmese python. We call him the big snake because my brother, father and I couldn't agree on a name. Don't know how old he is but we've had him for about 5 years. We also have a 1-year-old rose hair tarantula called Rosie and a gecko or 3 that my nephew wasn't allowed to keep
    i would own almost any exotic but a spider. I turned down a healthy Emperor Scorpion a client offered me... kinda regret that, thay're a gorgeous cobalt blue. Just didn't have the spare tank at the time and the budget was running tight.

    A gator, for real? Wow. I've seen lots of big herps but dunno if I'd mess with a full grown gator. Hot snakes and big monitors are scary enough.
  11. by   vettech
    Originally posted by BadBird
    We have a beautiful Blue and Gold MacCaw, (can you guess where I got my name from). She is so spoiled and we wouldn't have it any other way. Drew's vocabulary is wonderful, she laughs, waves her wings and says "Bye Bye", when eating or smelling food she says "MMMMM Good Shyt", she will call a cat "here kitty kitty kitty", barks like a dog, I could go on and on but we love her so much and she is such an enjoyment.
    Wow, sounds like you have her well trained. I've seen far too many Macaws that weren't properly socialized. After grad I'd like to get a bird but I'd like something smaller, leaning Poicephalus genus (Senegal, Meyer's, Jardine's, etc). Besides, living in an apartment, my neighbors would kill me if I bought a Macaw. You can heard a Macaw scream for miles! I assume you still have SOME hearing left.
  12. by   LasVegasRN
    My Bettas have been with us now for 3 years. That's the longest I've ever had the same fish. My daughter named all of them, after I explained that they were male Siamese fighting fish, "Goku" (after a Dragonball Z character), "Jackie" (Chan), and "Bruce" (Lee).
    I always figured if one died, I could go to Walmart or Petsmart and get another one, and not think twice about it... until.. one day I was cleaning Jackie's bowl and he did a flip into the kitchen sink. My daughter immediately burst into tears, just sobbing, thinking she had lost Jackie forever. The way she was crying it had me panicked & weepy too! Needless to say, we rescued Jackie from the sink and all is well.
  13. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Well, back in the day when me and the hubby were young and hip we had all kinds of cool crap! Iguanas, snakes, weird frogs and toads, a baby alligator (or was it a baby crocodile?), pirahnas (sp?), geckos, etc. Fun stuff! I think I liked the snake the most.

    Now we just have a dog. But he's better company than all of the others were!

    Heather
  14. by   teeituptom
    Howdy yall
    from deep in the heat of texas

    We have a ferret presently thats our only exotic now.
    But over the years and raising 7 kids, we have a lot of animals.
    pigs, goats, turtles, even had a mule deer. Some of which I ended up cooking. They were good to the last bite.




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