10 of The Coolest Looking Exotic Pets

It’s hard to love some of these pets’ faces. In fact, we’re not sure they all have faces.

  1. Red-Eyed Tree Frog 

    by Care_SMC via Flickr

    The Bright red eyes and beautiful colors make this one of the most popular frogs to keep as pets. They are relatively easy to keep, requiring good ventilation and high humidity. They are found wild in the tropical rainforest’s of Central America and can grow up to three inches.

  2. Fire Salamander 

    The strong contrast between the black / brown and the yellow make these look both dangerous and beautiful. They can be found wild in central and southern Europe. They require no special heating as room temperature is often enough, all they need is a high humidity and an escape proof enclosure.

  3. Mud Skipper 

    These win a spot on this list purely for the strangeness of their looks. Although they are classed as fish they can actually walk on land. They’re found mainly in Nigeria and other parts of West Africa. They require brackish water in an aquarium. Their diet consists mainly of crickets and other insects.

  4. Giant Asian Toad

    These win purely on beastliness. They can grow up to and even over 22 cm. They’re found in South East Asia.

  5. Tanzanian Red Head Tiger Leg Centipede 

    This is quite frankly a scary looking centipede. The bright orange head with the light orange, almost see through body with black stripes make this one scary looking little fellow. Their looks coupled with their aggressive attitude make them a formidable force.

  6. Malaysian Orchid Praying Mantis 

    These are commonly regarded as one of the most beautiful mantids in the world. They’re found in the rain forests of Indonesia, Malaysia and Sumatra. If you have the right equipment, they are easy to keep, needing a very high humidity and temperature. They eat a wide variety of insects, so their diets should be varied.

  7. Halloween Crab

    These are extremely awesome looking crabs with black bodies and bright orange, red or purple legs. They can be found in Costa Rica and make beautiful pets.

  8. Camel Spider 

    These are another extremely scary looking species. They are found in the desert plains in Egypt and are a burrowing species. These spiders are very, very, very aggressive so experience with tarantulas and scorpions is a must. They can eat through mesh, climb glass and run at nearly 10 miles per hour, which make them very hard to keep.

  9. Martinique Pink Toe Tarantula 

    The bright blue bodies make these a unique species to own. They look amazing and are fairly un-agressive. They can grow to around 5cm.

  10. Tailless Whip Scorpion 

    by B a y L e e ‘ s 8 Legged Art via Flickr

    This is by far, one of the coolest and strangest looking scorpions and pets. Not only do they look awesome, but they are also active hunters which make them interesting to watch at feeding time. They originate from Central and Southern Africa. They need quite a high temperature and a very high humidity. They do not however, eat very much. They catch and hold their prey in their huge claws.

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User Comments
  1. cutedrishti8

    On October 14, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    yes they are top 10 coolest one

  2. catlord

    On October 14, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Very kewl! The insects are rather scary for some for sure. I think the mud skippers are neat and would make an interesting classroom pet/educational project.

  3. nerdpass

    On October 16, 2009 at 1:34 am

    Where do you go to get a pet Camel Spider?

  4. Sn0W1310

    On October 17, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Google it and there’s a site called exoticpets.co.uk or something they dont have stock atm but it says they’ve sold them in the past

  5. R J Evans

    On October 17, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    With so many basic English mistakes in this artocle, no wonder Triond is gotting a bid nome.

  6. Prettywolf

    On October 17, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    I want to get a mud skipper they are such cool little things

  7. Teves

    On October 17, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Nice one…

  8. James DeVere

    On October 17, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Keeping a family might also be another one to add . j

  9. catlord

    On October 17, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    I think that the Camel Spider, apart from being unsuitable, is from Afghanistan and region?

  10. timtheking

    On October 17, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Nice article :) I like the topic

  11. Lauren Axelrod

    On October 17, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    I have to agree with RJ on this one. The animals are interesting, but I couldn’t read the information. Re-read the article and make some changes.

  12. jefasun

    On October 17, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    cough they even have spell check.

  13. Ranveer Singh Battu

    On October 18, 2009 at 12:53 am

    i want one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i want one!!!!!!!

  14. overwings

    On October 18, 2009 at 3:39 am

    Quite exotic little creatures. Only the fire salamader is more familiar to me. I’ve seen them in the wild a few times.

  15. Ms Blond Girl

    On October 18, 2009 at 4:54 am

    Amazing set of pets. I couldn’t imagine having spider as a pet, but I wouldn’t mind the small green frog,

  16. strovek

    On October 18, 2009 at 5:31 am

    Cool collection.

  17. nobert soloria bermosa

    On October 18, 2009 at 5:44 am

    cool pets…

  18. amilia snow

    On October 18, 2009 at 6:14 am

    scary but highly interesting :)

  19. Sn0W1310

    On October 18, 2009 at 7:34 am

    The giant camel spider comes from Afghanistan, camel spiders themselves come from all over the world from America to China. They aren’t unsuitable as pets, they’re just like any other aggressive animal, they can be kept with the right equipment and care.

  20. KamaraAlex

    On October 18, 2009 at 9:38 am

    indeed exotic but some of them freaked me out

  21. FuckYouAll

    On October 18, 2009 at 9:49 am


  22. Snooky

    On October 18, 2009 at 10:22 am

    interesting I’d like to get that mantis for my garden. Hve lots of big green praying mantis that earn thier keep. That baby in this article would blend in beautifully.

  23. Mark Gordon Brown

    On October 18, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    I have kept Red Eyed Tree Frogs for years. I have tried to find a source for Orchid Mantids here. All of these animals are suitable pets. It just depends on what your definition of pet is. Take care when looking for these animals to get them from a responsible breeder and not wild caught. Exotic pets are under attack enough without adding fuel to the fire. Even small exotics like harmless Red Eyed Tree Frogs get caught up in the fuss everytime some community finds one of their residents is keeping a Bengal Tiger in their apartment. Animal “rights” jokers use it as an attempt to ban all exotics as a way of furthering their agenda against pet ownership as a whole.

    Nice article, but proof read please.

  24. kimoshea

    On October 18, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    These are definetly the coolest!

  25. DustinTheToucan

    On October 18, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    I personaly like the tailess scorpian, but they all seem pretty cool.


    On October 19, 2009 at 6:29 am


    it looks awesome!

  27. sweetie1

    On October 19, 2009 at 9:40 am

    thats a very good blog..keep the good work up.

  28. Borneon

    On October 19, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Wow .. really nice but not sure I can keep any of those

  29. HeartOfPluse

    On October 19, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    vary nice, just never new of that last one, but you learn new things every day I guess.

  30. Eric Goode

    On October 19, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    I’ll stick with my exotic chihuahua. LOL

  31. DriftingInsomnia

    On October 19, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Wow, it’s hard to believe that these would make amazing pets!

  32. mystery writter

    On October 19, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Some very exotic creatures and fun to look at in the pictures.But does not want to see any of them close up.Great article though.

  33. twigman1200

    On October 19, 2009 at 11:21 pm

  34. ellaloves

    On October 20, 2009 at 12:17 am

    it’ll be cool to see someone who actually owns them. i’m scared of those. lol.

  35. Elvin Dilone

    On October 20, 2009 at 2:12 am

    those are some very cool pets.. i wish i could have them all… i love pets…

  36. jhenne

    On October 20, 2009 at 4:14 am

    Cool… I love exotic pets

  37. goindia

    On October 20, 2009 at 6:42 am

    Yes they are really fantastic.


  38. Orbit1973

    On October 20, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    oh lo, looks scarry

  39. lillyrose

    On October 22, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Fantastic article!! I loved all the pics and the descriptions! I liked the salamander very much!

  40. Amber

    On October 25, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    i like the salamander

  41. alan

    On June 28, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    tailless whip scorpions arent actully scorpions!!!! they are amblypygids arachnia-amblypygi ive owned one for a while now and have studied them quite a bit

  42. James

    On January 2, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    i love arachids but the ones in this are really really ugly the coolest thing in this article is the fire salamader and the red eye tree frog

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