Top 10 exotic pets

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No. 10: The Madagascar Hissing Cockroach. This large bugger is entertaining in its hissing abilities and oddly cute. It bears live offspring. Manly hissers are most attractive to females, and females rarely hiss. Male Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches are distinguished by their horns and are more aggressive than females. This unusual pet can live up to four years with proper care.

No. 9: The scorpion. It does have a toxic sting, rarely fatal to humans. A scorpion can survive up to one year on just a single meal and can live in captivity up to eight years.

No. 8: The alligator. This animal can run in short spurts up to 30 miles per hour, and it is less aggressive than a crocodile. An alligator can live up to 10 years with proper care.

No. 7: The Tarantula. With eight eyes, it can see you behind them and in front of them, and when threatened it rubs its fangs together to hiss and release itchy hairs into your skin. The bite is painful, but rarely fatal. The female spider can live up to 20 years.

No. 6: The Wallaroo. A marsupial native to Australia, it is between the kangaroo and wallaby in size. The furry critter is an escape artist, naturally friendly and curious about everything. It measures about 40 inches long and can live up to 20 years.

No. 5: The Chimpanzee. Reputed to have intelligence and problem-solving skills second only to humans, this animal can express anger, throw tantrums and scream like a human. Female chimps can resent female owners, while male chimps can become territorial with male owners. They communicate through hand gestures, sound and facial expressions. They can live up to 50 years.

No. 4: The Bearded Dragon, a medium-sized lizard native to Australia. This lizard is actually pretty docile; only a few breeds of this species are poisonous when they bite. It puffs out its neck like a beard when mating or threatened and can live up to 10 years when cared for properly.

No. 3: The Fennec Fox. This is the only member of the fox family successfully domesticated. Large-eared and slender-faced, the fox is native to North Africa, and it has a playful and hyper demeanor. It can live up to 16 years, and it needs constant supervision as it is curious and can easily escape.

No. 2: The Burmese Python. A non-venomous snake native to Northeast Asia can grow to 20 feet long in captivity. It prefers humidity, and has an enormous appetite for rabbits and other rodents. In captivity, these large snakes can live up to 35 years.

No. 1: The Hybrid cat. This is not a typical house cat. It’s a product of interbreeding between two large cats, such as a tiger and a lion, or the breeding of an Asian leopard cat and an ordinary house cat. Breeding is generally done via artificial insemination. The bred animals tend to be more susceptible to illness than purebred parents are, and it can take five generations to breed the wild look out of the animal hybrid. Depending on the natural health of the animal and its care, a hybrid cat’s lifespan varies.