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An exotic pet is a rare or unusual creature kept as a pet, or a creature kept as a pet which is not commonly thought of as a pet.



The definition is an evolving one; some rodents, reptiles, and amphibians have become firmly enough established in the world of animal fancy to no longer be considered exotic. Sometimes any unique or wild-looking pet (including common domestic animals such as the ferret and the domestic rat) is called an exotic pet. "Exotic" may also be used for a species which is non-indigenous to the owner's locale.



Many major pet stores and service providers (such as veterinary insurance carriers or online retailers) tend to classify any animal besides cats, dogs, or fish as "exotic". Learn all about exotic pets on Pet Life Radio.

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An exotic pet is a rare or unusual creature kept as a pet, or a creature kept as a pet which is not commonly thought of as a pet.



The definition is an evolving one; some rodents, reptiles, and amphibians have become firmly enough established in the world of animal fancy to no longer be considered exotic. Sometimes any unique or wild-looking pet (including common domestic animals such as the ferret and the domestic rat) is called an exotic pet. "Exotic" may also be used for a species which is non-indigenous to the owner's locale.



Many major pet stores and service providers (such as veterinary insurance carriers or online retailers) tend to classify any animal besides cats, dogs, or fish as "exotic". Learn all about exotic pets on Pet Life Radio.

    What Were You Thinking - Episode 95 Special Magee Marsh 2017 Listener Depreciation Day Podcast

    What Were You Thinking - Episode 95 Special Magee Marsh 2017 Listener Depreciation Day Podcast

    In response to a rude email from a listener, Book Character Bill Holm sits out his annual trip to Magee Marsh with Feather Brained author Bob Tarte. In between discussing the birds that Bob isn’t seeing on the famous Magee Marsh boardwalk during a lackluster migration impeded by cold weather, he and Bill lament the lack of support from What Were You Thinking? listeners. The upshot? You folks had better straighten up if you want Bob and Bill to continue producing the only supposedly humorous birding podcast in the entire known universe. And that’s a singularity

    • 28 min
    What Were You Thinking - Episode 94 ‘Tequila’ Birding at Island Lake State Recreation Area

    What Were You Thinking - Episode 94 ‘Tequila’ Birding at Island Lake State Recreation Area

    How much wood would a Woodcock chuck if a Woodcock could chuck wood? Feather Brained author Bob Tarte and Book Character Bill Holm may not answer the perennial question, but they see a Woodcock doing the Pee-Wee Herman dance and nearly get run over by a pair of yoga pants while birding at Island Lake State Recreation Area in Brighton, Michigan. All of your favorite birding features are on tap, including "Just the Birds, Ma’am," "Photographer’s Corner," and “The Fermentation Nook."

    • 38 min
    What Were You Thinking - Episode 93 Giant Silkworm Moths vs. the Feather Brains, Part Two

    What Were You Thinking - Episode 93 Giant Silkworm Moths vs. the Feather Brains, Part Two

    The Giant Silkworm Moths may be masters as public speaking, but Bob Tarte shows he’s no sow’s-ear slouch, either, as he and Book Character Bill Holm extol the virtues and shortcoming of Bob’s latest book, Feather Brained. This is part two of a patience-straining nearly-one-hour talk about birds, birding, and flimflamming the general public on a sunny June afternoon at the Degraaf Nature Center in Holland, Michigan. For pity’s sake, listen to part one first!

    • 32 min
    What Were You Thinking - Episode 92 Giant Silkworm Moths vs. the Feather Brains, Part One

    What Were You Thinking - Episode 92 Giant Silkworm Moths vs. the Feather Brains, Part One

    Two doors leading into the Degraaf Nature Center in Holland, Michigan, were each marked with a sign. Visitors had their choice of seeing 'Giant Silkworm Moths' or hearing a 'Feather Brained Talk' by author Bob Tarte and Book Character Bill Holm. Bob and Bill were fortunate enough to catch the overflow crowd from the silkworm moths. This laugh-filled riot of a talk on Bob’s book, Feather Brained, is divided into two parts to keep your sides from splitting and tears from clouding your vision.

    • 32 min
    What Were You Thinking - Episode 91 Pointless Nayanquing Point and Tawas Point Birding, Part Two

    What Were You Thinking - Episode 91 Pointless Nayanquing Point and Tawas Point Birding, Part Two

    Surrounded by vocal House Wrens, Baltimore Orioles, Brown Thrashers, Yellow Warblers, and disgruntled park visitors, Feather Brained author Bob Tarte and Book Character Bill Holm try their birding luck at Michigan’s Tawas Point State Park on Lake Huron. Bob recounts an important communication from a listener while Bill hosts an installment of the popular Motel Corner feature. Bob also offers hints on how to tell a Spotted Sandpiper from an Emu or other similar-looking birds. It’s a laugh-filled show that either ends too soon or drags on and on, depending on your tolerance for pain.

    • 30 min
    What Were You Thinking - Episode 90 Pointless Nayanquing Point and Tawas Point Birding, Part One

    What Were You Thinking - Episode 90 Pointless Nayanquing Point and Tawas Point Birding, Part One

    After years of wasting your time with birding podcasts that go nowhere, Feather Brained author Bob Tarte and Book Character Bill Holm achieve a rare success. At Nayanquing Point Wildlife Area on Saginaw Bay, they score a close encounter with the rare-in-Michigan Yellow-headed Blackbird, and you get to hear it, too! They also see the secretive American Bittern and Least Bittern plus numerous Marsh Wrens. Added to that are your favorite “What Were You Thinking?” features: Photography Corner, Photographer’s Corner, Doesn’t That Rock?, and What’s New with Bill? Miss it or be square!

    • 29 min

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