Have you always dreamed of owning an exotic pet? In the example of food animals above, we see that the objective of these breeding practices is purely for human benefit. Exotic pets for sale are very little ones; some pets will grow up soon and loots of lot of space, some pets’ remains in smaller size. The hobby has changed considerably since then, and the more worrying trend is that it has become more of an industry for many where animals are kept and produced in minimal welfare standards in order to maximise profit.
Pet stores everywhere are selling exotic pets like rare parrots, scorpions, big spiders etc. In some occasions, any distinct or wild-appearing pet is regarded as an exotic pet. While owning an exotic pet is not illegal in most cases, they do pose a risk to people and the owner can be held liable for any injuries or illness that result from the animal.
Snake escapes and attacks are very rare and it all comes down to common sense and Responsible pet ownership. This is one reason why many owners of such animals seek out insurance. So, there is a higher chance of genes with negative effect taking place causing inborn defects and reducing animals quality of life.
The trade of some exotic pets around the world is moderate by CITES, The Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna, to prevent any threats to their survival and ecological damage. There is no doubt that the continuous harvest of the animals from the wild by humans is leading certain species to extinction.
In a relatively small geographical area, many of the individual animals kept by enthusiasts of that particular species or morph may be descended from the same small number of individuals historically. Protected species are often hidden among legal animals, or dangerous species, where officers are unlikely to thoroughly hand-inspect shipments.