Find exotic pet stores by searching on local business directories such as Yellowpages.com or Yelp.com, as well as by visiting an exotic pet expo to meet legal retailers and trainers. It is also possible to buy exotic pets through speciality online retailers such as ExoticAnimalsForSale.net.
Yellowpages.com allows you to search for an exotic pet store within a given city and state or ZIP code. Yelp.com offers a similar search feature, requiring you to enter a location and business type or name to conduct a search. ExoticAnimalsForSale.com includes listings from private sellers, trainers and breeders.
Exotic pet stores typically carry rare and uncommon pets that are legally allowed to be a part of private collections, including chinchillas, bush babies and some jungle cats. These stores often work directly with breeders to sell animals, meaning that inventory is subject to availability. In some cases, traditional pet stores may be able to refer buyers to exotic pet sellers, either through partner stores or organizations for the ethical ownership of animals.
When visiting an exotic pet expo or a general pet owner convention, make sure you check the credentials of anyone selling pets to ensure proper compliance with local or national laws. You may also need to check the immunization and import records for the animals.