Most people cringe at the thought of crawling animals with scales on their skin. But some people choose to have these cold-blooded exotic animals as their pets.

3 Cold-Blooded Animals That Make Great Exotic Pets
Iguanas are the most common cold-blooded exotic pets.
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1. Iguanas — Dragon Pets

Iguanas are excellent exotic pets. They are native to tropical climates and can be found in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. In the United States, iguanas can be found roaming free in the Florida Keys. Sometimes these exotic animals domesticate themselves by establishing a territory in lush, vegetative backyards.

Iguanas love to sit in direct sunlight in a hypnotized state. Because they are cold-blooded, they rely on the environment to regulate their temperature. Under 40 degrees, iguanas will freeze and become immobile. When the temperature rises, they come back to life. People love to have them as their pets because of their dragon-like, colorful, and fantastic appearance. They are exotic pets and they form bonds with their owners.

Iguanas are vegans, more precisely, they are folivores (they eat leaves). You can feed your iguana with fruits, vegetables, and leaves. The most common species of iguana pet is the green iguana. They are the most common cold-blooded animals that people choose for their exotic pets.

2. Tarantulas — Cold-Blooded and Cute

3 Cold-Blooded Animals That Make Great Exotic Pets
Tarantulas may be cold-blooded but they are cute, and they make great exotic pets.
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The fussy, colorful, spider-looking creatures can give some people the creeps. People who have them say they make great exotic pets. Not all of the 800 species of tarantulas make good pets; some are better than others.

Tarantulas are carnivores. Being cold-blooded animals, tarantulas rely on their owners to regulate the temperature. Most tarantula pets eat insects. In the wild, they can go for toads, mice, and even birds. These cold-blooded pets can be your lifelong companion. The females can live up to 30 years, and the males up to 10 years. Usually, they grow up to 6 inches, but some species get to 11 inches.

Tarantulas thrive in tropical, subtropical, and arid regions. Most live on the ground, but some pet tarantulas prefer living on trees and branches. Tarantulas can bite, and their venom is as potent as a bee sting. Some people can be allergic to their venom. 

3. Snakes — Exotic and Gorgeous

3 Cold-Blooded Animals That Make Great Exotic Pets
Snakes are exotic and gorgeous pets.
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There are around 3600 species of snakes. Not all of them make good pets. Snakes can be found on every continent in the world except Antarctica. Their diet, temperature, handling, and behavior will largely depend on the species.

There are reputable breeders you can get your exotic pet from. Capturing a wild snake or any other wild cold-blooded animal to keep it as a pet is against the law. It is a traumatic experience for the snakes, and they tend to die shortly after capture.

As exotic pets, snakes prefer routine and are solitary animals. These cold-blooded beauties don’t like to be handled and touched. Many things need to be considered before getting a snake pet


Cold-blooded animals make great exotic pets. They require just as much care and attention as a dog or a cat. The difference is handling, routine, diet, and knowing that they have different needs. What are your thoughts on cold-blooded pets? Let us know in the comments section below!