Pets become part of the family, some people look to keep the strangest and most exotic of pets rather than your average cat, dog or rabbit.
Here are some of the more unusual animals that you can have as a pet in the UK.
This South African animal is the largest living rodent that has the possibility to grow to 1.25 metres and weigh 66kg. They have a life expectancy of 8-12 years.
African Pygmy Hedgehog
Growing up to 5-8 inches this tiny nocturnal hedgehog has a life of expectancy of 3-6 years.
These tree climbers are related to the raccoon family. Kinkajou’s are high maintenance pets that have a life expectancy of 20-25 years.
Sugar gliders are also high maintenance pets as they require a special diet and plenty of human interaction. These small creatures have a life expectancy of 10-15 years.
With three hearts and eight arms the octopus is the perfect addition to spice up the fish tank!
Genetically dwarfed, the Pygmy goat makes a friendly yet stubborn pet. Although their milking period is much shorter than other dairy goats, the pygmy goat can be used for milk production.
Despite the name, micro pigs don’t stay small forever as they soon grow to weigh 35-70kg depending on their breed. There are very strict laws with owing a pig as a pet in the UK.
Also known as the ‘walking fish’ the axolotl can live up to 20 years! They are a type of salamander that commonly grows between 6-12 inches long with the potential to be up to 18 inches!
Tarantula’s may not be the desired pet for everyone. They make great hobbyist pets and can live up to 10 years.