What kind of commitment does it take to adopt an exotic pet?

Published: Dec. 4, 2022 at 9:18 AM EST
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Adopting a unique pet may seem like an exciting choice, but it’s a big commitment.

Four sugar gliders are currently available for adoption at the Humane Society of Chittenden County.

Though they may seem like a cute, easy pal to keep around the house, experts say that’s not necessarily the case.

Triana Kozak with the Humane Society says not all small animals are low-maintenance pets, and it’s important to know what you’re getting into before adopting.

“I think a lot of folks just don’t realize the amount of work that goes into small animals. I think folks do see a small animal as kind of like a starter pet or like a cat or a dog, but they’re definitely not. All ‘smallies’ are just as much of a commitment as a cat or a dog would be,” Kozak said.

The sugar gliders, named Han, Chewie, Lilo and Stitch, are a bonded group and come with their own giant enclosure and accessories upon adoption.

You can find more information about these exotic creatures here.