Top Ten Exotic Animals Kept As Pets In The USA

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Domesticated skunks, with scent glands removed, make unique and legal pets in some states. They come in various colors and can be trained.

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Despite being illegal in most states, raccoons are sometimes kept as pets. They're intelligent but prone to aggressive behavior.

Raccoon

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Virginia opossums can be docile pets if hand-raised, despite their short lifespan. They rarely contract rabies and eat ticks.

Opossum

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Various fox species, including red and grey foxes, are popular as exotic pets, although they're illegal in most states due to their odor and destructive habits.

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Native to several states, ring-tailed cats are uncommon pets. They're arboreal and belong to the same family as raccoons.

Ring-Tailed Cat

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Southern and Northern flying squirrels are affectionate pets legal in many states. They glide with a membrane called a patagium.

Flying Squirrel

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Rarely owned as pets, American pine martens are part of the mustelid family and native to northern areas of the United States.

American Pine Marten

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Bobcats, though wild, can bond strongly with humans if raised from a young age. They're capable of forming relationships with other animals.

Bobcat

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Uncommon as pets, porcupines need large enclosures and have a strong body odor. They're herbivores and not dangerous to keep.

North American Porcupine

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Prairie dogs are legal pets in most states but require substantial enrichment due to their active nature. They're known for their complex vocalizations.

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