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Top 10 the Most Venomous Snake Species in the World

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“What is the most venomous snake in the world?” That’s a question that just about every outdoors person has either asked or certainly wondered. Snakes are highly effective predators, and some species that rely on venom for hunting and self-defense can deliver a bite toxic enough to kill animals many times their size. The bite of a king cobra, for instance, can kill an elephant. Yet, despite the fear of snakes that has such a deep hold on the human psyche, the critters aren’t out to get us. “ Snake doesn’t attack people,” says Luke Welton, collection manager in herpetology at the Kansas University Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum. “They are most often startled or put in a situation where they feel the need to defend themselves, and they do so by the only means they have available—escape, musk, bite. It just so happens that the means these snakes have is venom.”

Eastern Coral Snake – Micurus fulvius –

a venomous Eastern Coral Snake
The coral snake is one of the few venomous snakes in the U.S.

Red touches black, a friend of Jack. Red touches yellow, kill a fellow. That’s the rhyme millions of schoolchildren learned to warn them that the eastern coral snake is best left alone. Ranging throughout the southeastern and Gulf coasts in the United States, the coral preys primarily on reptiles, including other snakes. One of the few terrestrial venomous snakes in the United States with fixed, hollow fangs, it’s even less prone to confrontation than the copperhead, making it America’s least aggressive venomous snake. It’s also a prime example of an evolutionary strategy known as Batesian mimicry: A harmless mimic (in this case, several species of milk snakes) takes on the physical appearance of a noxious model (the eastern coral snake) to protect itself from predators that have evolved to steer clear of red and yellow snakes.

Blue-Lipped Sea Krait – Laticauda laticaudata –

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The blue-lipped sea krait is slow to bite—but when one does, the venom can cause paralysis and muscle damage. 

Found near coral reefs and rocky areas along the seashores of southeast Asia, this vibrantly colored 4-foot long serpent was the first venomous sea snake known to science, described by Linnaeus, the father of taxonomy, in his classic 1735 treatise, Systema Naturae. Blue-lipped kraits, docile and slow to bite, inject a venom dominated by postsynaptic neurotoxins that causes little or no local effects but can lead to paralysis, muscle damage, or bleeding within hours. The snakes are known for their unique strategy for keeping warm—by curling up in nesting burrows created by wedge-tailed shearwaters. Research shows the snakes use the body heat generated by the shorebirds to raise their own temperatures by 10 degrees.

Many-Banded Krait – Bungarus multicinctus

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The powerful venom from many-banded krait results in a mortality rate as high as 70 to 100 percent. 

In southeast Asia, where the most toxic snakes are sea dwellers, the many-banded krait stands out as a deadly terrestrial species. A nocturnal hunter in lowland marshy areas that prey primarily on fish, the krait is also known to eat lizards, frogs, eels, rodents, and other snakes—including members of its own species. The extremely powerful venom, composed mainly of neurotoxins, has been estimated to produce mortality rates as high as 70 to 100 percent. In 2001, herpetologist Joe Slowinski died 29 hours after being bitten by a krait that had been misidentified as the white-banded wolf snake, a harmless krait lookalike.

Common Yellow-Lipped Sea Krait – Laticauda Colubrina –

common yellow-lipped sea krait
The common yellow-lipped sea krait is not at all aggressive on lands. Most bites are a result of beach-goers stepping on the snake. 

Sharing the same geographic range as the olive-brown and Belcher’s sea snakes, the common yellow-lipped sea krait is one of the few sea snakes that come ashore, which can make a moonlight stroll along a southeast Asian beach potentially perilous. “I’ve been to parts of Indonesia where it’s not uncommon on a good night to see 10 to 20 on the same stretch of beach,” Welton says. Relatively docile in water, they’re even less aggressive on land, because their movements are much more deliberate and awkward. “Most people who get bitten by these snakes likely step on them because they’re not watching where they’re walking.”

Olive Brown Sea Snake – Aipysurus laevis

an olive brown sea snake

The most common sea snake on the northern Australian coast, the olive-brown can grow to 6 ½ feet long and can spend two hours underwater before it needs to surface for a breath. Found as deep as 230 feet, this snake more commonly prefers shallow reef flats, where it preys on fish, crabs, and prawns. Like most sea snakes, it has a paddle tail that helps it swim, but the olive brown’s tail also has light-sensitive photoreceptors, which are thought to enable the snake to stay completely hidden to avoid predators. Unlike rattlesnakes and other vipers, whose venom is primarily hemotoxic (causing severe tissue damage and internal bleeding), sea-snake venom is dominated by neuron toxins: A bite often causes little pain at the site but can cause massive systemic failures, including paralysis and respiratory collapse—often with a delayed onset that makes poisonings difficult to reverse even when antivenom is available. The snake’s preference for hunting the same night-feeding fish targeted by bottom trawlers makes it a potential hazard for fishermen hauling nets.

Common Death Adder – Acanthophis antarcticus

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The common death adder uses its grub-like tale to lure in prey. 

The common death adder is one of the deadliest snakes in Australia. But while fearsomely named, this snake annually causes fewer deaths Down Under than a wide range of animals—including kangaroos, bees, dogs, cattle, and ponies. Considered a master of camouflage, this ambush predator covers itself with leaf litter and debris, then lies in wait on the forest floor for small mammals, birds, and amphibians, using its tail—which resembles a grub—as a lure. Curiously, the snake’s appetite for amphibians is making it a lot less common: Adult death adders feed on the invasive cane toad, which is itself toxic, with poison glands that are deadly to the snakes and other reptiles, such as turtles and crocodiles, that feed on them.

Belcher’s Sea Snake – Hydrophis belcheri –

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A Belcher’s sea snake slithers near the Andaman Sea, off Thailand. 

Like the other three sea snakes on this list, the Belcher’s sea snake is found from the eastern Indian Ocean through southeast Asia and into northern coastal Australia. The species tend to stick to reef areas, where they prey on fish and go out of their way to avoid human reef divers and snorkelers. “All the sea snakes are relatively docile,” Welton says, “and you really have to pester them to get them to bite you.” In addition, the Belcher’s small mouth and short fangs mean any bite is unlikely to penetrate a wetsuit. If you do encounter one while snorkeling, Welton adds, “Appreciate it as a rare opportunity to see one in the wild, rather than a cause for fear. Unless you mess with it, it’s not going to mess with you.”

Copperhead – Agkistrodon contortrix –

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Top 10 the Most Venomous Snake Species in the World
Top 10 the Most Venomous Snake Species in the World

America’s most common venomous snake (and the source of more snakebites in the U.S. than any other venomous species), the copperhead can be found all across eastern and southern North America in a wide diversity of habitat ranging from uplands to woodlands to grasslands. The copperhead is a surprising entrant on this list, given its reputation for many bites and few fatalities. That might be explained by the relatively low volume of venom delivered in a typical strike. Young copperheads are wily hunters, wiggling their green-tipped tails to lure in small lizards and rodents. The neon tail tip disappears as they age. In confrontations with people, copperheads generally favor flight over fight

Russell’s Viper – Daboia russelii –

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The Russell’s viper delivers a particularly potent, and complex, venom.

A notoriously bad-tempered snake, Russell’s viper is responsible for roughly half of the fatal snakebites in its geographic range. That’s remarkable considering that its expansive distribution—from southeast Asia to the Indian subcontinent and east to Taiwan—overlaps with kraits, cobras, and several other noteworthy venomous snakes. The snake’s cranky disposition and its focus on rats and lizards (which often live close to humans) as favored prey might account for this lethality. Another contributing factor is the extreme complexity of the snake’s venom. “A Russell’s venom features a really unique cocktail of components that just hammers all parts of the body,” Welton says. “It’s definitely not a snake you want to tangle with.”

Timber Rattlesnake – Crotalus horridus –

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Timber rattlers are found in woodland areas.

Ranging from eastern North America to as far west as Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas, the timber rattlesnake is the only rattler species in the populous northeastern United States and is considered endangered or threatened throughout much of that region. Found mostly in woodlands, timber rattlers prey on rodents, birds, insects, and amphibians and are known to hunt during the daytime in spring and autumn, then switching to nocturnal hunts in warm weather. The snake’s highly toxic, and relatively complex, venom, long fangs, and high venom yield make it potentially one of America’s most lethal serpents. However, timber rattlers are generally considered shy and nervous and are quick to seek shelter when encountered afield. The species tends to rattle and feint extensively before striking, though it will stand its ground if harassed.

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Top 10 Dangerous Animals In The World

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The wildlife consists of various and unique animals and other organisms. Some of them are friendly and cute while some of them can be very dangerous and poisonous. So here is the list of the top 10 dangerous animals from the wild. Cause we all have that animal inside us. Don’t we?

Golden Poison Frog

Golden Frog

The golden poison frog is also known as the golden frog, golden poison arrow frog, or golden dart frog, is a poison dart frog endemic to the Pacific coast of Colombia. The optimal habitat of P. terribilis is the rainforest with high rain rates (5 m or more per year), altitudes from sea level to 200 m elevation, temperatures of at least 26 °C, and relative humidity of 80–90%. In the wild, P. terribilis is largely solitary and territorial; however, captive P. terribilis specimens can live in much larger groups. They may appear innocuous due to their small size and bright color, but wild frogs are lethally toxic.

Komodo Dragon

komodo-dragon

The Komodo dragon, also known as the Komodo monitor, is a member of the monitor lizard family Varanidae that is endemic to the Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rinca, Flores, and Gili Motang. It is the largest extant species of lizard, growing to a maximum length of 3 meters (10 ft), and weighing up to approximately 70 kilograms (150 lb).

Hyena

Hyena

Hyenas, or hyaenas, are feliform carnivoran mammals of the family Hyaenidae. With only four extant species (in three genera), it is the fifth-smallest biological family in the Carnivora and one of the smallest in the class Mammalia. Despite their low diversity, hyenas are unique and vital components of most African ecosystems.

Alligator

Alligator

An alligator is a crocodilian in the genus Alligator of the family Alligatoridae. The two extant species are the American alligator and the Chinese alligator. Additionally, several extinct species of alligators are known from fossil remains. Alligators first appeared during the Oligocene epoch about 37 million years ago.

Wolf

Wolf

The wolf, also known as the gray wolf or grey wolf, is a large canine native to Eurasia and North America. More than thirty subspecies of Canis lupus have been recognized, and gray wolves, as colloquially understood, comprise non-domestic/feral subspecies. The wolf is the largest extant member of Canidae, males averaging 40 kg (88 lb) and females 37 kg (82 lb). Wolves measure 105–160 cm (41–63 in) in length and 80–85 cm (31–33 in) at shoulder height. The wolf is also distinguished from other Canis species by its less pointed ears and muzzle, as well as a shorter torso and a longer tail.

Shark

Shark

Sharks are a group of elasmobranch fish characterized by a cartilaginous skeleton, five to seven-gill slits on the sides of the head, and pectoral fins that are not fused to the head. Modern sharks are classified within the clade Selachimorpha and are the sister group to the rays. However, the term “shark” has also been used for extinct members of the subclass Elasmobranchii outside the Selachimorpha, such as Cladoselache and Xenacanthus, as well as other Chondrichthyes such as the holocephalid eugenedontidans.

Tiger

Tiger

The tiger is the largest living cat species and a member of the genus Panthera. It is most recognizable for its dark vertical stripes on orange-brown fur with a lighter underside. It is an apex predator, primarily preying on ungulates such as deer and wild boar. It is territorial and generally a solitary but social predator, requiring large contiguous areas of habitat, which support its requirements for prey and rearing of its offspring. Tiger cubs stay with their mother for about two years, before they become independent and leave their mother’s home range to establish their own.

Scorpion

scorpion

Scorpions are predatory arachnids of the order Scorpiones. They have eight legs and are easily recognized by a pair of grasping pincers and a narrow, segmented tail, often carried in a characteristic forward curve over the back and always ending with a stinger. The evolutionary history of scorpions goes back 435 million years. They mainly live in deserts but have adapted to a wide range of environmental conditions, and can be found on all continents except Antarctica. There are over 2,500 described species, with 22 extant (living) families recognized to date. Their taxonomy is being revised to account for 21st-century genomic studies.

Crocodile

Crocodile

Crocodiles or true crocodiles are large semiaquatic reptiles that live throughout the tropics in Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Australia. Crocodylinae, all of whose members are considered true crocodiles, is classified as a biological subfamily. A broader sense of the term crocodile, Crocodylidae, is not used in this article. The term crocodile here applies to only the species within the subfamily of Crocodylinae.

Lion

Lion

The lion is a species in the family Felidae and a member of the genus Panthera. It has a muscular, deep-chested body, short, rounded head, round ears, and a hairy tuft at the end of its tail. It is sexually dimorphic; adult male lions have a prominent mane. With a typical head-to-body length of 184–208 cm (72–82 in) they are larger than females at 160–184 cm (63–72 in). It is a social species, forming groups called pride.

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Top 10 Evidence Nature Surprised Every Time

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Where does the most incredible evidence come from? No, it’s not past events or the human body; instead, it’s mother nature. There are a lot of strange facts because it is made up of so many different animals and plants. We’d like to share some of the strangest animal information with you in this article. So, at the very least, remember one of them so you can brag about your experience. Believe it or not, the blue whale, the world’s largest dolphin, will produce a fart bubble large enough to fit a horse inside. Also, we’re sure you didn’t know that a female wallaby would chuck her joey from her pouch while fleeing a predator in order to lose weight and give her pursuer something to snack on. Did you know that an armadillo’s armour is so thick that a bullet once bounced off it and struck the shooter?

More strange and wonderful animal details can be found by scrolling down.

Weird tree

Weird treeArcadia trees, which can be found in the African savannah, have an unusual defensive mechanism. When animals such as antelopes eat the tree’s leaves, the tannin intake rises to dangerous levels for the animals.

That’s not everything, though. The tree then releases a cloud of ethylene gas, which passes through the air and reaches other plants, causing them to produce more tannins as well.

Goats have accents

Goats have accents

Though goats don’t have their own language, researchers at the Queen Mary University of London discovered that they can pick up accents from one another.

African buffalo herds make decisions by voting

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Maasai Mara National Reserve

Democracy, it seems, is not limited to mankind. African buffalo herds, for example, are known to vote on which way they will head.

Adult females in the herd will stand up one by one, look in a specific direction, and then lie back down. The herd almost always heads in the direction that attracts the most attention. When there is a lot of disagreement about how to vote, the herd will always break up.

Saturn Could Float on Water

Saturn Could Float on Water

Buoyancy has little to do with size. Take, for example, a massive iceberg. It will float on top of the water because it is less dense than the water underneath it. Gas, like water, has a much lower density than liquid. Saturn, despite being the second-largest planet in our solar system, could float in water because it is almost entirely made up of gas and ice.

Hurricanes release the energy of 10,000 nuclear bombs.

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hurricane

A single mature hurricane will equal around half of our planet’s ability to produce electricity if measured solely by its wind velocity’s kinetic energy. In terms of rainfall, a hurricane, on the other hand, unleashes the power of 10,000 atomic bombs over a 413-mile-wide field. The difference is that instead of radiating from a single spot, the energy is spread out over the entire field. Still, like many Floridians, Texans, Louisianans, and North Carolinians know, too much sustained force can do a lot of harm.

Tigers never forgets.

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Tigers can and will take revenge on those who have wronged them. They are one of the most vengeful aminal species on the planet.

One of the elephant’s closest living relatives weighs 10 pounds.

One of the elephant's closest living relatives weighs 10 poundsOnly a few areas of Africa and the Middle East are home to the fuzzy rock hyrax. It has an extraordinary relative, the elephant, despite its unremarkable appearance. The parallels between these 10-pound animals and a 10,000-pound elephant must be examined closely. The rock hyrax, on the other hand, has tusk-like long front teeth.

Our DNA can never be fired

dnaYour DNA is truly remarkable in that it encodes your entire body’s blueprint using just four characters (amino acids). Not just that, but there’s more. As concentrated genetic material is applied to the outside surface of cotton cloth, the DNA becomes flame retardant. DNA appears to be made up of molecules that are identical to those used in other fireproofing materials.

Glass is neither a liquid nor a solid

many glasses of different shapes

many glasses of different shapes on a wooden background

Glass is an amorphous substance that lacks the rigid structure of a truly solid and is not, contrary to popular belief, a supercooled liquid. It’s a cross between the two. Keep that in mind. Blown away.!

Slow lorises are the only venomous primate

Slow lorises are the only venomous primateThe slow loris is a tiny, monkey-like creature with big round eyes that can only be found in Southeast Asia. They also have the distinction of being the only primate with a venomous bite in the animal kingdom. They lick a toxin-producing gland under their arm before using their teeth to ward off predators.

 

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Top 10 Dangerous Dog Breeds In World.

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Dogs are sometimes referred to as man’s best friend and can be the friendliest of pets or friends, but their behavior can be unpredictable at times. Every year, dog attacks result in several serious injuries, some of which are fatal. When compared to other dog breeds, some are considered to be more ferocious or have vicious temperaments.

Some dogs, despite years of training from birth, still turn on their owners or others. This list should help you understand some of the more aggressive dog breeds that have been known to target humans, as well as what to look out for when dealing with them.

Perro de Presa Canario

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Fila Brasileiro

The Canary Mastiff, also known as the Perro de Presa Canario, is a rare large Molosser-type dog breed that was bred for working livestock.

It is a big dog with a thick and muscular body. The brachycephalic shape is wide, massive, square, and strong.

In the 1982-2014 survey, the Dogo Canario was ranked fourth, with 111 attacks – 46 against children and 41 against adults – resulting in 18 deaths and 63 permanent bodily injuries. According to VetStreet, this is a complex, strong dog with unique ownership requirements. The Presa is used as a “catch puppy,” which means it chases down and kills unfamiliar dogs.

Fila Brasileiro

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Fila Brasileiro

 Fila Brasileiro (FEE-la brahzi LAIR o), also known as the Brazilian Mastiff, was created as hunting, ranch, and plantation dog. Several countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Denmark, and others, have prohibited or limited the Fila Brasileiro.

The Fila will protect the estate, hunt big game animals like jaguars, and work with livestock, pushing it around the farm and “catching” individual cattle for the Brazilian rancher by grabbing its collar. For the plantation owner, the Fila will also track down runaway slaves.

Rottweiler

 Rottweiler

Rottweiler

Rottweilers are known as one of the most dangerous dog breeds. Because of their involvement in multiple human attacks, this dog breed has gained a reputation as a killer dog. This dog breed was promoted by the media as one of the first to be avoided.

There is no doubt that the Rottweiler is a vicious dog by nature. It has no qualms about charging a stranger, whether or not that person is a child. One of the main reasons that so many people are scared of this dog is because of this. Since the Rottweiler is large for its size, it can do a lot of harm when it wants to.

 

Bullmastiff

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Bullmastiff

The Bullmastiff is a big dog with a stubborn personality who is known for being protective of its owners and becoming aggressive if strangers or unwelcome animals approach its territory. The Bullmastiff dog breed is a fearless and obedient family protector. Although they are wary of outsiders, they have a soft spot for their family. Bullmastiff has a bite force of 730 psi and a robust build. This breed is a cross between a bulldog and a mastiff, and it is strong, courageous, and devoted.

Bullmastiffs were responsible for around 5% of fatal dog attacks in the United States in 2014, and Bullmastiff-mixed breeds have been involved in other serious to fatal dog attacks in the past.

 

Rhodesian Ridgeback

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Rhodesian Ridgeback

Rhodesian Ridgebacks have a lot of energy, which can cause issues, like being a threat to certain people. Although the breed is calm and gets along well with its owners, its high energy levels can be an issue, especially for young children and new owners.

Hunting dogs with predatory instincts, Rhodesian Ridgebacks… Ridgebacks may also be domineering or offensive toward other dogs of the same gender. The fiery personality.

Boerboel

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Boerboel

The word Boerboel comes from the Afrikaans language and means “farmer’s dog.” Boer is Afrikaans for a Dutch-born African farmer, and boel is most likely derived from the English word bull. If they feel threatened in some way, the breed is a fierce guard dog who will bravely protect their mates, even to the death. As a result, it’s critical to establish and maintain strict discipline for the Boerboel puppy from the start.

The Boerboel is a big dog with a height of 64 to 70 cm and a weight of 70 to 90 kg. A safe Boerboel will live for around 9 to 13 years.

Saint Bernard

Saint Bernard.

Saint Bernard.

Saint Bernards, like other breeds like the Bernese Mountain Dog, originated in Switzerland.

Saint Bernards were bred not only to protect the hospice but also to assist in its primary mission: the rescue of travelers. The big dogs were used to track down sick or missing passengers, carrying or guiding them to a hospice where they could rest.

Alaskan Malamute.

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Alaskan malamute dog

The power, energy, stamina, freedom, and intellect of the Alaskan Malamute are unrivaled. Originally, they were used to pull heavy sledges over long distances and to hunt seals and polar bears.

Since 2005, malamutes have killed at least three people in the United States. Two of the victims were children. According to the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, four people died in Canada after being targeted by “sledge dogs” between 1990 and 2007.

American Pit Bull Terrier

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American Pit Bull Terrier

Despite making up just 6% of the dog population, pit bulls and pit bull hybrids account for almost 60% of all dog attack deaths in the United States.

When provoked, these breeds of dogs are naturally aggressive, so they were crossed to create the best fighting dogs. Bulldogs and terriers were bred together several hundred years ago to produce Pitt bulls. Breeders aimed to combine the bulldog’s strength with the terrier’s pace, agility, and assertiveness

Chow chow

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Chow chow dog

Chow chows are intelligent dogs, but they can be difficult to train due to their independence and stubbornness. They need a firm, patient trainer with a lot of imagination to do well in competitions. Chow chows are extremely protective of their owners and must be trained to monitor this behavior.

In a word, the disposition of a Chow Chow is demanding. He is a stubborn, independent dog who can quickly become excessively defensive if his personal space is invaded. If he warms up to you, on the other hand, he would be a lifelong friend. This is a dog that only one person can handle.

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Top 10 Small, Low-Maintenance Pets That Are Easy to Take Care Of

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10 Small, Low-Maintenance Pets That Are Easy to Take Care Of

Throughout the history of human civilization, people have domesticated and tamed animals to be their pets. The bond between human beings and their pets is something that is truly unique—one of loyalty, devotion, companionship, and love.

While the idea of acquiring a pet can be quite appealing, it can also be very overwhelming for many individuals. Pet ownership requires a lot of time, care, money, and responsibility. Not everyone is ready for this.

Remember—All Pets Deserve Love and Care
All pets require and deserve loving care and attention. People who are not able to provide that really should not consider pet ownership. Pet shelters are full of animals whose original owners were not prepared for the responsibility and commitment that pet ownership demands.

Dogs, cats, birds, and even fish have no place in this article; their care, needs, and maintenance can be constant, complicated, and intense. Nevertheless, there are certainly some pets that are easier to take care of than others.

Whatever pet you decide upon, always conduct proper research to ensure they are given the most comfortable and loving home possible.

The 10 Best Low-Maintenance Pets

The following list features 10 pets that can be cared for and loved, yet at the same time do not need (or in some cases want) the demanding caregiving some others require.

  1. Sea-Monkeys
  2. Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
  3. Garden Snail
  4. African Dwarf Frog
  5. Leopard Gecko
  6. Guinea Pig
  7. Syrian Hamster
  8. Fancy Rat
  9. Fancy Mouse
  10. Hermit Crab

If you’re looking for a low-maintenance pet, it doesn’t get much easier than sea monkeys!

Sea-Monkeys

sea monkey

sea monkey

  • Scientific Name: Artemia salina
  • Average Adult Size: Up to 0.75 inches
  • Average Life Span: 2 years
  • Diet: Herbivore
  • Average Monthly Cost: $0 (Your sea-monkey kit should include all the food they need!)

Sea-monkeys are extremely easy pets to care for. Once their tank is set up, your sea monkeys won’t require much care. Beyond feeding them once weekly and keeping an eye out for tank conditions and your pets’ general health, they don’t need much! For this reason, Artemia salina makes great pets for kids.

These pets are perfect for people who want to watch animals without really having to care for or interact with them. You won’t find an easier pet! Here’s an in-depth guide detailing how to grow sea monkeys from a kit.

 Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

Madagascar hissing cockroaches may not be cuddly, but they make great pets!

  • Scientific Name: Gromphadorhina portentosa
  • Average Adult Size: Up to 3 inches long
  • Average Life Span: 1–3 years with proper care
  • Diet: Herbivore
  • Average Monthly Cost: $0–$10 (If you give your cockroach your leftovers—all they need to eat is lettuce, apples, carrots, and the occasional overripe fruit—they are extremely low-cost pets!)

Undoubtedly, the majority of people would never consider having a cockroach for a pet. The very term conjures up visions of complete filth. However, hissing cockroaches are ideal for those looking for easy pets to care for.

They grow up to approximately four inches long and can be kept in an aquarium tank with proper ventilation as their habitat. Such a setup will take very little space and effort to create. The hissing cockroach is also quite simple to feed, and the food can be purchased from pet stores and supplemented with fresh fruit and certain greens.

Include some clean water in the tank and the hissing cockroach will not only be well cared for, but quite entertaining to watch and interact with as well. The best part is that it will hardly notice when you have to come home late from school or work!

Garden Snail

Garden Snail

Garden Snail

Snails are rarely considered pets but are remarkably easy and rewarding to care for.

  • Scientific Name: Helix aspersa
  • Average Adult Size: 1.5 inches
  • Average Life Span: 3–5 years
  • Diet: Herbivore
  • Average Monthly Cost: $0–$10 (If you give your cockroach your leftovers—all they need to eat is lettuce, apples, carrots, and the occasional overripe fruit—they are extremely low-cost pets!)

There can be little doubt that the name “snail” does not typically come to mind when people are considering which pet to get. Nevertheless, they are a great pet which are exceptionally easy to care for. While snails will respond well to being handled, they are also perfectly fine to be left alone in a tank habitat which has been properly prepared with hiding places and lined with peat or moss.

As for feeding, they obviously do not eat very much but can feed on fresh fruit or vegetables. They will require a source of calcium such as natural chalk. If given this basic and life-preserving care, the snail will make for a very low maintenance pet that will live on for many years to come.

Ensure Food Is Pesticide-Free

You must wash all food before feeding it to your snail, as many fresh fruits and veggies have pesticides on their skins that will kill your pet.

 

African Dwarf Frog

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African Dwarf Frog

African dwarf frogs are a popular pet choice—they are entertaining to watch and easy to care for.

  • Scientific Name: Hymenochirus curtipes
  • Average Adult Size: 1.25 inches long
  • Average Life Span: Up to 5 years with proper care
  • Diet: Omnivore
  • Average Monthly Cost: $7

African dwarf frogs are another very popular choice for a pet which is easy to care for. It should be noted however that like all other pets, investing time and research into how to properly care for them is mandatory. Once that is completed, a knowledgable owner will have a truly fascinating and low-maintenance pet.

That said, maintaining the habitat for the African dwarf frog is critical. They are aquatic amphibians who live underwater, but they need to be able to breach the surface to breathe air. The aquarium should be mid-size with clean, filtered water. Also, they are amphibians who do the best with a partner or two.

While the African dwarf frog is delicate and does not respond very well to handling, the viewing pleasure they provide more than compensates for this and makes them a wonderful pet. The following YouTube video provides many great care tips for those considering obtaining the African dwarf frog as a pet.

 Leopard Gecko

Leopard Gecko

Leopard Gecko

The leopard gecko is a low-maintenance pet that does a lot more than sell insurance!

  • Scientific Name: Eublepharis macularius
  • Average Adult Size: 6–9 inches long
  • Average Life Span: 20+ years with proper care
  • Diet: Insectivore
  • Average Monthly Cost: $5–$20 after the first year

With the increasing desire to obtain pets that match the busy nature of our lives, many people have turned to lizards. In particular, the leopard gecko has become one of the most popular selections. There are a variety of geckos, but the most popular to keep as a pet is the leopard gecko. It is quite tame in nature and easy to be handled. It is also not anywhere near as quick as other types of geckos as they do not have the sticky toe pads that enable other types to run across virtually any surface.

Their food can be purchased at pet stores and consists of live insects and mealworms. As for their habitat, they are a smaller type of lizard, so their area can be much smaller than that of their relations. They can be enclosed in a cage called a vivarium. This will need to have plenty of hiding places as well as a very important climate control (heat and humidity). Here’s more about how to take care of your leopard gecko.

Everything which is required can be easily purchased and once it is set up it will only require typical care and periodic maintenance. Its tiny size and docile nature make the leopard gecko a very popular pet for those people with busy lives who need a pet that is easy to care for.

 Guinea Pig

Guinea Pig

Guinea Pig

Guinea pigs are affectionate and easy to care for.

Scientific Name: Cavia porcellus
Average Adult Size: 8–11 inches long
Average Life Span: Up to 8 years with proper care
Diet: Herbivore
Average Monthly Cost: $40–$65 (Fresh bedding doesn’t come cheap!)

The Guinea pig is a very popular pet, mainly due to its gentle and affectionate nature. They are simply wonderful pets for children and adults alike. In a previous article about which pets are the most affectionate, the many loving traits and characteristics of the Guinea pig are outlined with actual examples.

More importantly for the sake of this article, it should be noted that they are also extremely simple to care for. They require a cage with a suitable habitat area with clean food, water, and ventilation. Their food can be easily purchased from local pet stores, and being little rodents, they do not consume very much.

As mentioned, they are also very affectionate and easy to handle. They respond well to gentle handling but certainly do not require as much attention as other pets such as dogs. Affectionate, cuddly, and easy to care for, guinea pigs have become very popular pets.

 Syrian Hamster

Syrian Hamster

Syrian Hamster

Hamsters are excellent pets and easy to care for.

  • Scientific Name: Mesocricetus auratus
  • Average Adult Size: 5–7 inches long
  • Average Life Span: 3–4 years old
  • Diet: Omnivore
  • Average Monthly Cost: $50

Another excellent pet that is easy to care for is the Syrian hamster. It is actually a distant relative of the Guinea pig. While it does take a Syrian hamster longer to warm up to human handlers than Guinea pigs, they do eventually begin to crave such interaction. Once again, however, its need for handling and interaction is much less than that of many other pets.

The Syrian hamster is quite easy to care for. It only requires a cage with a habitat area, food, and water. You must clean the cage on a regular basis, but sometimes you may even forget they are there (except for in the middle of the night, as that is when they are the most active). Provide your hamster with love and affection and they will become a truly affectionate pet that requires minimal effort.

 Fancy Rat

Fancy Rat

Fancy Rat

Fancy rats are cute, cuddly, affectionate, and easy-to-care-for pets.

  • Scientific Name: Rattus norvegicus
  • Average Adult Size: 8 inches long
  • Average Life Span: Up to 5 years with proper care
  • Diet: Omnivore
  • Average Monthly Cost: $20–$35

Despite their historically entrenched bad reputation, rats are becoming very popular pets. The fancy rat in particular is a favorite due to its loving and friendly nature. They are also quite an easy pet to care for if they have a caring and responsible owner. All the necessary equipment—such as a cage, food, and toys—can be purchased from pet stores.

It should be noted that it is vitally important that their habitat area has proper ventilation and is cleaned on a regular basis. It is also important for pet rats to have a partner or two as they are very social animals. They will require exercise and time outside their cage, but for many people, this is what makes them such a great pet. They are very affectionate and easy to handle.

Great Resources for First-Time Rat Owners
How to Take Care of a Pet Rat: FAQs, Tips and Tricks
Rat Care for Beginners: How to Create the Perfect Rat Cage Setup

 Fancy Mouse

Fancy Mouse

Fancy Mouse

Just like fancy rats, fancy mice make for sweet and inquisitive pets.

  • Scientific Name: Mus musculus
  • Average Adult Size: 3 inches long
  • Average Life Span: Up to 3 years with proper care
  • Diet: Omnivore
  • Average Monthly Cost: $35

Like rats, mice often get a bad rap, but they are actually very sweet and loving pets. They are very intelligent and make great companions for people who do not want a large pet. Mice, being nocturnal, are most active at night, but they can adjust to your schedule.

While pet mice can be handled, they are fragile and require a patient, gentle touch. They may nip when scared. For this reason, they are not the best pets for small children.

Mice are very social animals, so it is recommended you get more than one. They will happily play together and are very fun to watch, but you must be sure to introduce them properly. (Note, however, that you should get mice of the same sex, otherwise you will soon be dealing with a much larger family than you bargained for!)

For more information, here’s a complete guide to keeping fancy mice as pets.

 Hermit Crab

Hermit Crab

Hermit Crab

Land hermit crabs make for great pets.

  • Scientific Name: Coenobita spp
  • Average Adult Size: 2–6 inches long, depending on species
  • Average Life Span: Up to 20 years with proper care, depending on species
  • Diet: Omnivore
  • Average Monthly Cost: $6

Land hermit crabs are surprisingly inquisitive and social creatures, making them fun pets for people of all ages. They are generally non-aggressive and tolerate handling well, though they may pinch if threatened or scared.

Hermit crabs require a relatively small amount of living space and care; for example, whereas guinea pigs and hamsters need their bedding replaced once a week, the sand in the bottom of your hermit crabs’ enclosure only needs to be completely replaced three times a year (in addition to weekly poop-scooping). The initial set-up of their enclosures, however, is key.

These pets also act like little composts. In addition to their pellet food, you can feed them your kitchen scraps (even bits of meat and fish)—they’ll eat just about anything! That said, avoid feeding them garlic, onion, or citrus. Here’s a wealth of information about what to feed your hermit crab.

Note: It is recommended that you get at least two hermit crabs, as they are naturally social creatures.

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Top 10 Longest Living Animals

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Animals living under natural conditions rarely approach their maximum possible age because of very high death rates due to infant mortality, diseases, predators, bad weather, habitat destruction, or competition for food and shelter.Here we list ten animals that would have the longest lifespans living under ideal circumstances.

Macaw

Macaw

Macaw

Recognizable by their brightly covered feathers, macaws are members of the parrot family. They have a long lifespan and, in the right environment, will live to be 60 to 80 years old. There are at home in the rainforests and feed on a mix of nuts and seeds. Unfortunately, though, the majority of these beautiful birds are endangered in the wild and a few are already extinct due to habitat degradation and the illegal pet trade.

African Elephant

African Elephant

African Elephant

African elephants are the largest living land animals and, with an average lifespan of 70 years, one of the oldest. Experts are able to tell the age using several characteristics including their size and number of teeth. It’s a process that requires observational skills and a lot of practice! Females reach breeding age around 10-12 years old and, unlike us, they may remain fertile for the rest of their lives. They may give birth to around 7 babies in total. Being a mummy elephant is no easy task though. Their pregnancy lasts 22 months, which is almost three times as long as a human pregnancy!

Galapagos Giant Tortoise

Galapagos Giant Tortoise

Galapagos Giant Tortoise

It’s not just the Galapagos Giant Tortoise size that’s worth noting; it’s also their age. They can live to be well over 100, with the oldest known to be 152! The oldest is not the most famous, though. Lonesome George was the last remaining Pinta Island Tortoise on the islands and, for a while, the world’s rarest creature. He died in 2012 at around 100 years of age. Like many of the animals on our list, giant tortoises have a slow pace of life, munching on grass and other vegetation, basking in the sun, and resting for up to 16 hours a day.

Red Sea Urchin

Red Sea Urchin

Red Sea Urchin

Red sea urchins are believed to be almost immortal and are known to live for over 200 years with no signs of ageing. They are far more likely to be eaten by a predator than die of an age-related condition, and a 100-year-old is just as healthy and able to reproduce as a young individual. Finding the age of these spiny echinoderms is possible by measuring the levels of carbon-14, a process known as radiocarbon dating.

Koi Fish

Koi Fish

Koi Fish

The average lifespan for Japanese Koi is around 40 years though they can live a lot longer if living in the right conditions. One particular koi, named “Hanako”, was the remarkable age of 226 when she died in 1977. Scientists were able to estimate her age by counting growth rings in her scales.

Bowhead Whale

Bowhead Whale

Bowhead Whale

Bowhead whales can live for over 200 years, which is longer than any other mammal. It’s not always easy to tell their age, though, as they spend their lives in the Arctic and sub-Arctic and can outlive the researchers that study them. One way to estimate age is to base it on fragments of harpoons left in the blubber of captured animals – one individual had harpoon fragments dating back to the 1800s! Another way is to use DNA to estimate lifespan, with scientists suggesting bowhead whales can live to the grand old age of 268!

Greenland Shark

Greenland Shark

Greenland Shark

Greenland sharks live for between 300 and 500 years and are the longest-living vertebrate. They take life very slowly, moving at an average of 0.76 mph. They grow about a cm every year, and females may not reach sexual maturity until they are 100 to 150 years old – that’s one long childhood! Despite their huge size and long lifespan though, these sharks have been a mystery to scientists for years. It was only recently that they discovered a new method of estimating age that involves radiocarbon dating the lens of the eye. New tissues are added to the lens every year and it is possible to tell the age by how much carbon isotope is present in the tissues.

Immortal Jellyfish

Immortal Jellyfish

Immortal Jellyfish

Can you imagine being immortal? Reaching old age and then instead of dying, going back and starting again as a baby? To us, this is the stuff of dreams. For the immortal jellyfish, it is real life. These amazing animals start their life as larvae, known as planula, swirling around in the ocean. They then settle on the seafloor and become static polyps before transforming into swimming medusa. So far, so normal. But, if at any stage immortal jellyfish experience injury or stress from changes in their environment, they can go backwards to the polyp stage and start again. And they can do this over and over if they get the chance. Many won’t though as they become dinner for other animals.

Antarctic Sponge

Antarctic Sponge

Antarctic Sponge

Antarctic sponges can thank their environment for their long lifespans. These sponges, of which there are over 300, live approximately 325 to 6,500 feet underwater in extremely cold temperatures. This extreme environment slows down their growth rate and other biological processes, which results in remarkable longevity. A 2002 study calculated that one Antarctic sponge species, the Anoxycalyx joubini, could potentially live a phenomenal 15,000 years. The same study determined that the Cinachyra antarctica, which does not live as deep underwater as the Anoxycalyx joubini, can live up to 1,550 years.

Ocean Quahog

Ocean Quahog

Ocean Quahog

The ocean quahog (Arctica islandica) is a bivalve mollusk that can live for 200 years. A lifespan of 100 years is common, with age measured by age marks formed in the quahog’s valves. With a habitat that stretches from the east coast of North America to Iceland, the Shetland Islands, and Cadiz, Spain, the ocean quahog has a broad range. Filter feeders, ocean quahogs bury themselves in the ocean floor to feed on microscopic algae.

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Top 10 Fascinating Pets

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Thinking of getting an exotic or different sort of pet? Take a look at these top ten fascinating pets to see if you have what it takes. Remember, while tame pets are kid-friendly, your children should be properly supervised when handling them. Before purchasing an exotic pet, make sure to check the legality of the pet where you live.

Chipmunks

Chipmunk

Chipmunk

A pet chipmunk may not play fetch like Fido, but he can dazzle you with simple tricks or casually use you as a perch. Chipmunks are not low-maintenance pets, but they make great companions. They require human contact (especially when young), plenty of room, and a variety of foods, including seeds, fruits, and vegetables.

Potbelly Pig

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PotbellyPig

Forget the myth about pigs being dirty and dumb. Potbelly pigs (PBPs) are intelligent, easy to train, affectionate, curious, playful, clean, odor-free, and non-allergenic. Their intelligence and quirky personalities make them an interesting and loving addition to the family. However, their curiosity sometimes leads them into mischief, and they may even be destructive. Make sure you do your research on caring for a potbelly pig before deciding to bring one into your home.

Chinchilla

Chinchilla

Chinchilla

Chinchillas are nocturnal creatures, but they make great pets because they are low maintenance, quiet, and odorless, with beautiful soft fur. They become quite tame when they are handled from a young age, and can form a bond with their owner. Chinchillas prefer warm temperatures, enjoy dust baths, and need a consistent feeding routine that includes pellets and good quality grass hay. Being active and playful, they require a variety of toys to keep them busy, especially items for chewing.

Cockatiel

Cockatiel

Cockatiel

Among the most popular pet birds, cockatiels are attractive, friendly, playful, active, and capable of mimicking speech. They are easier to tame than many other parrot species, due to their small size. They specialize in whistling and can often be taught to whistle tunes. Cockatiels have a reputation for being gentle and docile birds, who enjoy being petted and held.

Iguana

Iguana

Iguana

The iguana is the most popular pet lizard. Properly cared for, iguanas make great companions. However, they require a lot of attention and care, including the right temperature, humidity, and light. They need a large terrarium with fresh water, fruits, and vegetables daily.

Insects and Spiders

Insect Spider

Insect Spider

It may seem odd to keep insects or spiders as pets, but they are unique creatures that are fascinating to watch. They’re also quiet and require little room and attention. Hissing cockroaches and some tarantulas make the ultimate beginner insect pets because they are rather docile and lack serious weapons such as stingers and threatening venoms.

Sugar Glider Squirrel

Sugarglider

Sugarglider

Sugar glider squirrels are social animals that belong to the small marsupial group. They are popular exotic pets in North America and can form a close bond with their owner when handled from a young age. Sugar gliders are nocturnal, so their eyes are very sensitive to light. They are highly vocal and are capable of gliding through the air due to a thin stretch of skin between their front and back legs.

Hedgehog

Hedgehog

Hedgehog

Hedgehogs are amazing little creatures that make fascinating pets. They are fairly low maintenance, with a diet consisting mostly of insects. Fruits, vegetables, and cat or dog food make good additions to the hedgehog’s diet. When choosing a hedgehog as a pet, look for one that is young, healthy, well-tempered, and tame. Hedgehogs are a bit nervous and will roll into a ball when threatened or picked up. A handled, tame hedgehog will unroll fairly quickly and lower its quills for some quality bonding time

Ferret

Ferret

Ferret

Ferrets make excellent pets for owners who take the time to bond with them. They are naturally quiet, friendly, companionable, and intelligent – as well as sneaky! They are able to entertain themselves when you are not around to play, which could lead to some mischief and trouble if they are left unsupervised. Because they are natural hunters, it may take some time for ferrets to bond with other animals in the home. Ferrets can be trained to perform fun and amusing tricks for treats.

Wallaby

Wallaby

Wallaby

These miniature kangaroos from down under make a unique pet. A close bond between owner and animal will form when bottle feeding your baby joey. While wallabies can be house trained, they need a securely fenced in area with plenty of room to romp around and graze outside. Naturally curious, these marsupials will explore all parts of the house if unsupervised. Domesticated and bottle-fed wallabies are gentle and docile animals that can make great cuddling companions.
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