Are you in search of really cool pets that you can take care of at home? Pet primates, big cats and reptiles have attacked and seriously injured their owners, unsuspecting neighbors and bystanders. Wild animals also pose a danger to human health and safety through disease and parasites. So while technically inbreeding can and does occur in the wild state from time to time, the implications of these few matings are minimal.
Many different Salmonella species and serovars have been isolated from reptiles commonly kept as pets, several of which are infectious to humans. It is important to be aware however that with sensible hygiene precautions such pets pose a very low risk and incidence of disease transmission from pets to owners is greatly exaggerated by the media when occasional cases occur.
It also means your guests may need some guidance when interacting with your pet since they may not have had contact with this type of animal before. You also need to keep in mind what kind of food your exotic pet requires and where you will be able to attain it from.
When the animals are taken from their natural habitats, they often change hands numerous times through intermediaries and exporters, and they have to suffer through appalling transport conditions. Local collectors also pillage the bush to supply internal demand, as well as the overseas demand for and trade with exotic animals.
More about the medical care of skunks can be found at the SkunkStuff page of Skunks as Pets. For many busy pet owners who work long hours, owning a dog that needs to be walked every few hours is not an option, because they can’t get home to do it and don’t have the finances to pay a dog walker.