“Mammals are very close to us, but bugs are strange. They’re more mysterious and exotic.”

Isabella Rosellini, Actor

Child with hermit Crab

What exactly is an exotic pet? Ask 10 people, and you’ll get 10 different answers. For some, any animals kept as pets—except dogs, cats, and farm animals—are considered “exotic.” By this definition, all animals at The Animal Store are exotic.

We are happy to be considered exotic. We offer many different kinds of animals—such as sugar gliders and blue tongue skinks and eclectus parrots—that you won’t find at the average pet store. 

Explore the Pick a Pet page to find a complete list of all our other typical and exotic animals

This page highlights the exotic pets that don’t fit neatly into any of our other categories. We have all the supplies, specialized diets, and equipment you need to care for any pet. We welcome your exotic questions, too. Just ask our knowledgeable staff when you come in to see our huge variety of animals.

More soon on all our exotic pets


Hermit Crab


Hissing Cockroach


Giant Millipede


Vinegaroon scorpion

Shrimp and Crayfish

Blue Lobster Crayfish




Fun Fact

Arthropods—including insects, crabs, crayfish, spiders, scorpions, shrimp, and tarantulas—have exoskeletons, a hard, external structure that supports and protects the animal’s body.


Humans and many other animals have endoskeletons—a structure of internal bones or cartilage.