Which Exotic Animals  Can You Legally Keep in USA?


The US has skunks in every state except Alaska and Hawaii. Although they resemble weasels or rats, these striped mammals are Mephitidae.


Raccoons are known for rummaging through trash cans, which may indicate that they are tolerant of humans. We think dogs self-domesticated this way, thus raccoons are pets.


The Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana), North America's solitary marsupial, is odd-looking. They also make great pets for more individuals than expected.


The exotic pet trade offers various fox species. Fennec foxes weigh 2 pounds and are popular. The distinctive red, gray, and fast foxes are native.

Ring-Tailed Cat

Since it resembles a spotted genet or Madagascar's ring-tailed mongoose (Galidia elegans), many people think this gorgeous critter is from Africa.

Flying Squirrel

The Southern flying squirrel (Glaucomys volans), native to the Eastern half of the US, and the Northern flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus), which is less common in some Northern states but more common in Canada and Alaska, are kept as exotic pets.

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