9 Unconventional Pets You Can Actually Own

Tigers AND lions AND bears. And clouds?!

1. Skunks

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What is it? A skunk.
Where is it from? North and South America, mostly.
Where is it legal to own? Without a permit? Iowa and Wyoming.

2. Teacup Pigs

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What is it? A type of potbellied pig that grows to be about 50-60 pounds.
Where is it from? All over, though the USA is one of the largest markets.
Where is it legal to own? Check out this list of cities that have made special provisions for pet pigs.

3. African Pygmy Hedgehogs

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What is it? A hybrid species that is the most common domesticated hedgehog.
Where is it from? Weirdly, not from Africa.
Where is it legal to own? Most states, but not California or New York City.

4. Fennec Foxes

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What is it? A small, nocturnal fox with ADORABLE large ears
Where is it from? North Africa.
Where is it legal to own? Generally, wherever exotic pets are permitted.

5. Wallabies

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What is it? Similar to a kangaroo, but smaller.
Where is it from? Australia.
Where is it legal to own? Varies from state to state, but definitely requires a permit.

6. Capybaras

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What is it? The largest rodent in the world.
Where is it from? South America.
Where is it legal to own? Texas and Pennsylvania.

7. Wolves

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What is it? A wild dog native to cold regions.
Where is it from? North America, North Africa, Europe, and Asia.
Where is it legal to own? Several states — more with permits.

8. Muntjac Deer

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What is it? A very small deer.
Where is it from? Southeast Asia.
Where is it legal to own? Again, it varies, but due to its small size, many states make allowances.

9. Sugar Gliders

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What is it? A small marsupial that appears similar to flying squirrels.
Where is it from? Australia.
Where is it legal to own? Check out this handy map!

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