Preschool Pets Fast Facts

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pet or companion animal is a domesticated animal that is kept by humans for companionship or for the beauty of its appearance or utterances, rather than for economic reasons.

While in theory one could keep a blue whale as a pet, in practice a small number of species of mammals and birds have dominated the pet scene for a very long time. Fish have joined them more recently. With the exception of iguanas and non-venomous snakes, few reptiles and amphibians make good pets.

The glofish, a genetically modified zebrafish with a bright red fluorescent color is the first genetically modified (GM) animal to be engineered as a pet.

A pet can be acquired from a breeder, an animal shelter, a pet store, and sometimes from people who have too many due to births.

Common Pet Species


* Horses
* Dogs
* Cats
* Rodents, including hamsters, guinea pigs, mice, gerbils, chinchillas, degus, flying squirrels and rats
* Rabbits
* Ferrets
* Hedgehogs
* Alpacas
* small pigs
* Monkeys
* Donkeys


* Budgerigars (parakeets)
* Cockatoos
* Macaws
* other parrot species
* Canaries and other finch species
* Doves
* Cockatiels


* Lizards
* Iguanas
* Snakes
* Turtles
* Crocodilians, including alligators, crocodiles, caymans, gavials (can usually only be kept as pets when they are young)


* Frogs
* Toads
* Salamanders
* Newts
* Caecilian, a wormlike amphibian that lives underground



* Ants
* Crickets
* Tarantulas

These fast facts were based off of a Wikipedia Document on Pets.

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