Many people prefer keeping pets in order to have some company around them. While others keep pets to have someone to care for and nurture. Keeping pets is a very big responsibility none the less. So, it is advised to research thoroughly before you go on and buy yourself a new pet.
Here is a list of the Top 5 most uncommon and cute pets for your home.
1. The Albino African Clawed Frog
The Albino African Clawed Frog is a fully aquatic pet. You can house your new pet in a normal aquarium. These guys are not suited for Planted Tanks as plants will be uprooted daily. Normal filtration is required for them. They are fully aquatic but will come up to the water surface to breathe. Remember to house them with only their own species as they will devour anything that is small enough to fit their mouth. They are relatively very easy to care for and accept almost anything you feed them. Their diet should consist of Frog Pellets, Frozen Bloodworms, Blackworms, Live Bloodworms, cockroaches, crickets, small minnow fish, etc. DO NOT overfeed as they tend to bulk up quickly. Feed only once a day. Although they are very social, provide a hiding place for your new pet.
Average Life Expectancy is 15 years in captivity. Care Level is Easy.
2. Aquatic Newts
Aquatic Newts will never cease to amuse you and keep you entertained all day long. They are also relatively easy to care for. They are semi – aquatic, that is they will need a basking area where they can come up out of the water. The aquarium you are going to keep them into should, therefore, have provision for such needs. They hate strong currents and therefore do not require heavy filtration. You can maintain them with minimal filtration with minimum water currents. They will eagerly accept live foods such as Blood worms, Black worms, Meal worms, Crickets, Small Cockroaches, Tubifex worms. Do not overfeed your newts. They will lay off food while in the process of molting their skin. Avoid handling them with bare hands as they stress out a lot and secrete substances that can act as an irritant for your skin.
Average Life Expectancy is 12 years in captivity. Care Level is Easy.
Hamsters are nocturnal pets that tend to be active at night and doze off during the day. You need to house your hamster in a spacious cage and provide plenty of activities for them. Hamsters do best when you hide their foods in their toys and they have to search for them. Get innovative cage designs for them so that you both can enjoy when your hamster runs and plays all around his new big home. Provide for water through a water dispenser and don’t just leave it in a dish as your hamster may get wet and end up falling sick. They do best on a diet of pet blocks. Remember not to house more than one hamster in a cage as they are solitary animals and will often fight each other to death. Clean the cage every 3-4 days.
Average Life Expectancy is 2.5 years in captivity. Care Level is Intermediate.
Mudskippers are estuarine amphibious fish that prefer living on the muddy banks of the brackish water rivers. They are found in plenty near the mangrove swamps. The aquarium set up for keeping Mud Skippers must include a lot of exposed areas where they can climb up and bask. Their daily diet should consist of crickets, small cockroaches, bloodworms and mealworms. Mudskippers are territorial by nature. So you should avoid keeping more than 3 in a 2.5feet x 1 feet x 1 feet tank. Always use brackish water in their tank.
Average Life Expectancy is 3.5 years in captivity. Care Level is High.
If you love bitey little predators, you will fall in love with an Axolotl. Axolotls are amphibians that remain in its larval form throughout their life. They do not mix well with any other species of fish. Axolotls should be solely housed with other axolotls. They do well on a diet of blood worms, Meal worms, night crawlers and frozen bloodworms. Feed your Axolotl every other day for a span of 20 minutes. Change 60% of the tank water every week in order to maintain good water conditions. Axolotls are fully aquatic and do not need any basking area. They prefer good filtration. Use big rocks as substrates as they have a tendency of swallowing smaller pebbles. Do not handle your pet axolotl by hand as they get unnecessarily stressed by it. Do not forget to provide hiding places for them.
Average Life Expectancy is 10 years in captivity. Care Level is High.