So you’re considering a new addition to the family? Whether you’re allergic to cats and dogs, or you just want to adopt something a little bit different, read on! We’ve found the most unusual pets across Australia and found out why they’re great pets. Just be aware that pet laws change from state to state, so make sure your choice is allowed where you live!

Whatever your pet, make sure you get the right advice so they can live a long and happy life. Take them to these Rockhampton vets.

Capricorn Vet Surgery

Quality care for all animals big and small, Capricorn Vet Surgery - Rockhampton
Quality care for all animals big and small, Capricorn Vet Surgery – Rockhampton

If you’re looking for a vet who strives to provide premium care for all animals, you cannot go past Capricorn Vet Surgery. Whether you just need some quality advice prior to choosing your next pet, or your current pet needs veterinarian attention, you can count on the passionate team here.
Capricorn Vet Surgery are currently offering 20% off desexing in conjunction with the RSPCA’s Operation: Wanted. Offer expires until the end of August 2015 (conditions apply). Call today for more information.
Where: 23 Gladstone Rd, Allenstown QLD 4700

Torenbeek Veterinary Clinic
Your pet's safe haven, Torenbeek Veterinary Clinic, Rockhampton
Your pet’s safe haven, Torenbeek Veterinary Clinic, Rockhampton

As a specialist small animal practice, you can be sure your small pet is in the best of hands at Torenbeek Veterinary Clinic. Providing a full suite of treatments including vaccinations, check-ups, dentistry and desexing, it’s no wonder Torenbeek Veterinary Clinic is so popular. The friendly team also provide soft tissue surgery, orthopaedic and general surgical services. Be sure to call into this great vet for some professional animal advice.
Where: Cnr Gair & Dean St, Frenchville QLD 4701

Read on to discover the top 5 unusual pets!

#5 Mexican walking fish (Axolotl)

Axolotl (stock image)
Axolotl (stock image)

Resembling a large tadpole, the Mexican walking fish is a relatively easy and low-maintenance pet. If you have limited space at home, these make great pets for both teens and families.

  • They are solitary animals and don’t need too much handling to stay happy
  • They generally live for 12-15 years
  • They are relatively cheap (excluding costs for the tank and other equipment)

#4 Hermit crabs

Hermit crab (stock image)
Hermit crab (stock image)

If you’re looking for a family pet that is relatively low maintenance, yet still teaches the kids a bit of responsibility, hermit crabs are a good choice.

  • Very cheap to buy (minus tank expenses)
  • Can live from a few months to a few years
  • Low maintenance

#3 Pythons

Baby python (stock image)
Baby python (stock image)

Yes, pythons can be kept as pets! If you love reptiles, and you have children older than 10 years of age, this could be the perfect pet choice for you! Be sure to check the local regulations for keeping reptiles, as these rules vary from state to state.

  • Pythons are generally placid
  • Can live up to 30 years
  • Suitable for children more than 10 years of age

#2 Teacup pigs

Piglet (stock image)
Piglet (stock image)

Miniature pigs, also known as teacup pigs, are intelligent and loyal—much like dogs. If you’re looking for a pet that’s a bit out of the ordinary, but can give as much affection as a dog, a teacup pig might be for you!

  • Intelligent and loyal
  • Can be trained
  • Suitable for families with lots of space and acreage

#1 Australian tarantulas

Australian tarantula (stock image)
Australian tarantula (stock image)

The pet that makes the number 1 spot is the large Australian tarantula. Apparently, owners can form strong bonds with their pet tarantulas—just remember that these spiders are venomous to cats and dogs.

  • Doesn’t require much space
  • They have been known to live up to 25 years
  • Suitable for those who don’t suffer from arachnophobia

Have you opted for a dog after all? Check out this blog for all you need to know about taking care of it!
Do you have a strange pet? Let us know in the comments below!