Lots of people have cats and dogs, but a few adventurous pet owners crave something a little less common. Do you prefer a raccoon to a retriever or a squirrel to a Siamese cat? If so, test your knowledge with this quiz.
The Tamandua tetradactyla is sometimes kept as an exotic pet. What is the common name of this animal?
The common name of this pet is the anteater — specifically the lesser anteater. The lesser anteater is a native of South America and is legal to own in most areas of the U.S.
True or false: The overpopulation of captive bred or exotic pet desert tortoises is managed by releasing them back into the wild.
The captive bred or pet desert tortoises cannot be returned to the wild because many are hybrids. Not only would these turtles compromise the genetics of wild populations, but they also introduce a high risk of spreading disease to wild desert tortoises.
This popular exotic pet excretes excess saline through its nostrils.
Iguanas excrete saline through their nostrils to regulate salt levels in the body. Iguanas, which start out small, are believed to be one of the most popular reptile pets in the United States. However, because iguanas can grow up to 6 feet (2 meters) in length, they can eventually become troublesome for some pet owners.
Which exotic pet lays 100 eggs or more in its nest?
Millipede females build a nest on the ground and lay 100 eggs or more in the nest. Millipede hatchlings will emerge from their eggs in approximately one month, which can take pet owners from one pet to hundreds in the span of mere weeks.
True or false: Potbellied pigs, which are occasionally kept as exotic pets, are susceptible to sunburn.
The skin of all pigs has very little hair and is therefore sensitive to the sun. Potbellied pig, like their larger cousins, wallow in mud not only to stay cool, but also to protect their skin against damage from the sun.
Which exotic pet is native to the northern Sahara Desert?
Uinta ground squirrel
The Uromastyx, or spiny-tailed lizard, is native to the northern Sahara Desert. These lizards can tolerate high temperatures and have been known to bask in temperatures up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit (49 degrees Celsius).
The females of which exotic pet develop eggs inside their bodies but give birth to live young?
Female boa constrictors develop eggs inside their bodies and then give birth to live young. Animals that produce and retain eggs internally and then give birth to live offspring are called ovoviviparous.
True or false: Fainting goats do not actually lose consciousness.
Fainting goats have a genetic muscular condition and do not actually lose consciousness. The genetic disorder is called myotonia congenita. When fainting goats are startled, their muscles suddenly and vigorously contract, causing them to fall over. Their contracted muscles then relax very slowly, giving the appearance that the goats fainted and are regaining consciousness.