Dogs, cats, hamsters...those are yesterday's news. What's the most unusual pet you've ever had?
The most unusual pets I have ever had were Sugar Gliders. They are like tiny, hamster sized, flying squirrels...they have a sort of webbing between their fore legs and back legs and they "glide" in the air from tree branch to tree branch. Because of this, they require a large cage vertically and horizontally wise. They are also nocturnal and they are marsupials (meaning they have a pouch like a kangaroo where their babies hang out in). Supposedly, they are difficult to breed in captivity unless the right conditions are maintained, but the two that I adopted when the owner could no longer care for them reproduced easily and frequently until the point that I had too many and had to find homes for them all. Cute critters, but they require a lot of maintenance, a broad diet (protein in the form of bugs, fresh veggies, yogurt, cheeses, fresh fruit, nuts, etc., etc., etc.) and their scent glands give off a musky odor. While both sexes have scent glands, one of the males scent glands is right atop his head which lookks like a bald spot. Sugar Gliders can be sweet and affectionate if you devote time to them, but they really need a lot of attention and you should not decide to own them for pets unless you have plenty of time to care for them as they are very social animals and need plenty of attention from you unless you keep them in pairs.