Learn about some of the more unusual pets we see at Molesey Vets

October 14, 2023

Here at Molesey Vets we think that Halloween is the perfect time of year to start celebrating some of the less common pets. Those pets that might not win the ‘cutest pet’ or ‘fluffiest pet’ awards – but they would definitely turn heads in our East Molesey waiting room!

Register your exotic pet

Our exotics enthusiast and Vet Darren Partridge loves to see a wide range of exotic pets, including spiders, fish, reptiles, small mammals, invertebrates, reptiles, and more! Register your unusual pet and make Darren’s day!

Crested geckos

With their almost prehistoric appearance, you can spot a crested gecko from the unique crests and fringes on their body.


Becoming increasingly popular as pets, this native fish found only in Mexico is actually on the red endangered species list in the wild.

White tree frogs

The white tree frog is one of the most popular frog breeds to be kept as a pet in the UK. They naturally live in trees and are often known as the Smiling Frogs – due to their adorable facial expression!

Giant African millipedes

These pets like to burrow so Darren explains that creating the perfect environment is essential in giving them quality of life!

Stick insects

The Indian stick insect is the most common type for pet owners in the UK and usually measures 7-8cm long. Stick insects rely on their owners to create a suitable living environment and provide them with a leaf-based diet.

Bearded dragons

These reptiles have a unique appearance with their “beard” of spiky scales. They make for engaging family pets and usually have a diet of live bugs – making ownership not one for the squeamish. Darren has treated many ‘beardies’ over the years at Molesey Vets.

Corn snakes

Corn snakes can grow up to 150cm long and live on a diet of mice. They come in a variety of different, eye-catching patterns and are generally an easy pet to care for.

What exotic pets are banned in the UK?

There are a number of exotic pets that are banned in the UK. It is illegal to keep any kind of bat species along with slow lorises due to their endangered status.

When it comes to spiders, you will need a licence to keep venomous breeds that must be issued by your local authority. Larger spiders, like the Goliath Birdeater Tarantula are relatively harmless, but can grow to be 30cm wide so Darren recommends that only the experienced keeper should have one as a pet.

Make sure you do thorough research before deciding to offer an exotic pet a home as they often have a wide variety of care needs that need to be met to keep them happy and healthy. Contact us for more advice on your own exotic pet and don’t forget to get them registered with us here at Molesey Vets.

Register your exotic pet

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