But owning unusual pets can lead to unusual problems. And the RSPCA yesterday launched a campaign to make potential owners aware of what they are taking on.
A survey has shown that some pet shops are failing to provide customers with information about the risks involved.
In one case a Birmingham woman discovered that the "relatively harmless" scorpion she had bought was, in fact, highly poisonous. The young mother had also been told wrongly by the pet shop she did not need a Dangerous Wild Animals licence to keep it.Reuse content