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Weird But Wonderful Pets

  • by Bec
  • 2 min read

Have you ever wanted to own a “different” pet? Do you want something other than a cat or dog? Well how about one of these weird but wonderful pets!

Australian Tarantula

  • live for anywhere from 5-25 years
  • don’t require much space
  • only need to be fed once or twice a week
  • unique and interesting
  • venomous – although their bite is not deadly to humans it will cause pain
  • won’t interact with humans 

Mexican Walking Fish (Axolotl)

    • live for 12-15 years
    • anti-social, happy/prefer to live solitary lives
    • suitable for teenagers
    • low maintenance


Frill Neck Lizards

  • live for 10-15 years
  • high maintenance, require misting and daily cage cleaning
  • they do like human attention
  • can be handled, although they may bite.
  • not suitable for young children
  • require a permit

Stick Insects

  • live for 6-12 months
  • suitable for all ages
  • can be handled
  • low maintenance and only require a small enclosure


Miniature Goats

    • live for 12-15 years
    • can be trained, like a dog, toileting, to lead, play fetch, go on car rides
    • smart, affectionate and playful
    • they will eat anything, including rubbish, plants, clothes, everything!
    • herd animals so 2 or more is best
    • are livestock so check with local council first  


Stag Beetles

  • live for 12-18 months
  • need to be kept separately  
  • can be handled
  • low maintenance and only require a small enclosure
  • suitable for all ages


  • live for 6-10 years
  • very social and friendly, love interacting with animals
  • mischievous and like to escape
  • need a large cage inside but require a lot of exercise and should be let out a few times a day.
  • can nip and need to be trained not to
  • medium maintenance as they require exercise, grooming, litter cleaned and training
  • suitable for school aged children

Before purchasing a pet you need to check if there any restrictions on owning that animal and if any special licenses or permits are required. Reptiles will require a special Reptile Keepers Permit from National Parks & Wildlife Service. Livestock or farm animals may not be allowed in certain areas and you will need to check with your local council.


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