No Pets Allowed. The Top 8 Weird and Awesome Pets to Sneak Past Your Landlord
Hiding pets from your landlord or maintenance crew can be difficult. If it meows, barks, needs walks or gravitates towards windows, you're liable to get caught. So what's an eccentric pet-lover to do, besides get a goldfish? Not to worry, we've compiled a list of creatures that are easy to sneak past the No Pet rules. Not only that, we've picked the weirdest, most awesome creatures you probably haven't even considered before.
1 The humble Stick insect:
This social and omnivorous pet usually grows around 3 to 4 inches and can live for several years if kept properly in the right conditions. Prepare to have more than one (they need friends) and expect to clean their cage out weekly as they molt frequently.
2 The adorable Hedgehog
Most states allow these gentle pets, who are nocturnal and love to eat insects. They are generally considered to be low maintenance; although you will want to make sure they are using an exercise wheel and eating the right amount of food.
3 The wise Bearded Dragon
This friendly reptile likes to be taken out of his cage, but not for too long, because he needs UV light, heat and moisture. If taken care of properly, he can live as long as a cat.
4 The sensitive Skunk
Lil baby skunk! pic.twitter.com/qMRaHba0Pd— Cute Emergency (@CuteEmergency) September 20, 2014
Skunks are legal pets in a few states! They can be de-scented when they are about 4 weeks old, so you can part them from their stench. Caring for this pet is a lot like caring for a ferret. The best part? They can live over 10 years.
5 The Patient Pacman Frog
I have fallen in love with Pacman frogs, help help. Look at this cute little butterball. I want my own bulbasaur. pic.twitter.com/cZ8vNGL92p— Zilla (@beanyzilla) March 17, 2016
This very large frog can reach up to 6 inches in length and are wider than they are long. They prefer to live alone, and may try to eat any cage mates. While they are extremely predatory, they spend most of their time sitting and waiting for prey to walk past them, so generally a 10 gallon tank is enough space.
6 The Delightful Degus
Degus are closely related to Chinchillas and Guinea Pigs, and are on the road to becoming a common pet. Like Chinchillas, they enjoy a weekly dust bath, and have soft, fluffy fur. The Dungu lives longer than most rodents, approximately 5 to 8 years if fed the proper diet. It also requires cage mates.
7 The fabulously under-rated Snail
The snail nearly tops our list as the most weird and awesome pet for many reasons. Science has been slow to study the snail, but snail owners haven't, so consult them online for snail care. Snails appear to be curious about their owners and generally warm up to them over time. They also engage in make-out sessions with other snails, shoot their lovers with darts, and lay tiny chicken eggs. They're easy to take care of. Love to be spritzed with water and eat kale and other veggies.
1) Keep more than one.
2) Wash your hands before handling them, as any salt on your hands can hurt them.
3) They don't like spinach.
8 Man's Other best friend, the Rat
Why did rats make it to the top of our list?
Considered by many to be the rodent equivalent of a dog, pet rats are one of the most trainable and loyal companions you can find. If you're a dog lover, chances are you'll be a rat lover. They're also surprisingly clean and easy to care for.