The Importance of Taurine in Animal Diets

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When it comes to keeping your exotic pet healthy, developing a diet that contains all the nutrients your animal needs is essential. One such nutrient required by many species of exotic pet is the amino acid called taurine What is taurine? Taurine is a type of amino acid. For those unfamiliar with what amino acids […]

Raccoons and Moonshine

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What do raccoons have to do with moonshine? Moonshiners found a unique purpose for the raccoon baculum. Because of the bone’s distinctive curve, it worked perfectly to guide the flow of moonshine when moving the drink between vessels.

Is it legal to have a pet raccoon dog?

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Is it legal to have a pet raccoon dog? No, you cannot have a raccoon dog as a pet. Raccoon dogs, also known as tanukis, are 100% illegal to keep as pets in the United States. Not only is having a pet raccoon dog illegal, possessing a raccoon dog in any capacity is illegal except […]

Rabies Questions and Answers

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What is Rabies? Rabies is a viral disease caused by the Lyssavirus family of viruses that results in encephalitis (brain inflammation.) The most common cause of rabies (and the only cause in the United States) is Rabies lyssavirus. In other parts of the world, rabies can also be caused by various species of Bat Lyssaviruses. […]

Social Media’s Exotic Pet Problem

Social Media’s Exotic Pet Problem Viral videos of pet foxes and raccoons make my life harder. Don’t get me wrong, I think they are adorable and I love watching them, but these videos also result in me having to do more paperwork. Allow me to explain: If you’re on social media, then you’ve seen viral […]

Do Domesticated Foxes Exist?

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Do Domesticated Foxes Exist?  Short answer: No. Truly domesticated foxes do not exist. Long answer–Still no (ft. the Russian Silver Fox Experiment) With the rise in popularity of pet foxes on social media, I often find myself telling people “Actual domestic foxes are not real, and anyone who is trying to sell you one or […]

How much should a pet raccoon weigh?

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How Much Should A Pet Raccoon Weigh? This is a question we get asked a lot, and due to the rise in popularity of pet raccoon videos on tiktok, something a lot of people have been searching recently. Interestingly enough, the ideal weight for a raccoon doesn’t have all that much to do with the […]

Are Pet Raccoons Legal in my State?

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Are Pet Raccoons Legal In My State? We here at Exotic Pet Wonderland understand how hard it can be to get straight info on the legality of exotic pet ownership, so we’ve created this list to more easily answer the question “Are pet raccoons legal in my state?” Are Pet Raccoons Legal in Alabama? It […]

Are Red Foxes Legal Pets In My State?

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Are Red Foxes Legal In My State? We here at Exotic Pet Wonderland understand how hard it can be to get straight info on the legality of exotic pet ownership, so we’ve created this list to more easily answer the question “Are red foxes legal pets in my state?” Are red foxes legal pets in […]

Are Red Foxes Legal Pets in Tennessee?

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Are Red Foxes Legal Pets in Tennessee? It is legal to keep a red fox as a pet in Tennessee with a permit, as long as the animal is purchased from a USDA licensed breeder. The foxes must be captive born and cannot be taken from the wild.  If you want a pet red fox […]

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