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Starter species of exotic pets

Are you new to the hobby and unsure what exotic pet is best for beginners?

This page is designed to serve as a guide to help people such as yourself decide. All pets, regardless of how beginner friendly they are, need to be researched properly; failure to do so is just irresponsible. Use this page as a guide. The suitability of various pets to various people is highly variable depending on what the person can provide and what the person wants from a pet (something to look at, something to bond with, etc).

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Beginner snake species

Corn Snake - Pantherophis guttatus guttatus (formally elaphe guttata guttata) - A comprehensive corn snake care sheet can be found here.

Royal Python - Python Regius (please note with this species, always get a captive bred specimen as they can be tricky feeders. Make sure you do enough research)

Beginner lizard species

Leopard Gecko - Eublepharis Macularis

Bearded Dragon - Pogona vitticeps

Beginner amphibian species

White's Tree Frog - Litoria caerulea

Fire Bellied Toad - Bombina orientalis

Beginner Tarantula species

Chilian Rose Tarantula - Grammostola rosea

Mexican Red Knee Tarantula - Brachypelma smithi (note this species is somewhat skittish and being a new world tarantula has the ability to flick hairs).

Beginner Scorpion species

Emperor Scorpion - Pandinus imperator

Heterometrus spp. (Please note, most scorpions don't have common names so will just be referred to as their scientific names, sometimes with a made up common name. As a general rule any species from the heterometrus family will make a good beginners scorpion, especially spinifer and laoticus).

Desert Hairy Scorpion - Hadrurus arizonenesis/spadix (note, although two seperate species hadrurus arizonenesis and hadrurus spadix are both referred to as Desery Hairy Scorpions and require identical care)

Starter stick insect species

Indian Stick Insect - Carausius morosus

Pink Winged Stick Insects - Sipyloidea sipylus

Note. With thorough research a lot of the commonly available stick insects can be kept with relative ease as long as the temperature, humidity and food is correct.


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