Beginner Species

Starter species of exotic pets

Are you new to the hobby and unsure what exotic pet is best for beginners?

This page is designed to serve as a guide to help people such as yourself decide. All pets, regardless of how beginner friendly they are, need to be researched properly; failure to do so is just irresponsible. Use this page as a guide. The suitability of various pets to various people is highly variable depending on what the person can provide and what the person wants from a pet (something to look at, something to bond with, etc).

Beginner snake species

Corn SnakePantherophis guttatus guttatus (formally elaphe guttata guttata) – A comprehensive corn snake care sheet can be found here.

Royal PythonPython Regius (please note with this species, always get a captive bred specimen as they can be tricky feeders. Make sure you do enough research)

Beginner lizard species

Leopard GeckoEublepharis Macularis

Bearded DragonPogona vitticeps

Beginner amphibian species

White’s Tree FrogLitoria caerulea

Fire Bellied ToadBombina orientalis

Beginner Tarantula species

Chilian Rose TarantulaGrammostola rosea

Mexican Red Knee TarantulaBrachypelma smithi (note this species is somewhat skittish and being a new world tarantula has the ability to flick hairs).

Beginner Scorpion species

Emperor ScorpionPandinus imperator

Heterometrus spp. (Please note, most scorpions don’t have common names so will just be referred to as their scientific names, sometimes with a made up common name. As a general rule any species from the heterometrus family will make a good beginners scorpion, especially spinifer and laoticus).

Desert Hairy ScorpionHadrurus arizonenesis/spadix (note, although two seperate species hadrurus arizonenesis and hadrurus spadix are both referred to as Desery Hairy Scorpions and require identical care)

Starter stick insect species

Indian Stick InsectCarausius morosus

Pink Winged Stick InsectsSipyloidea sipylus

Note. With thorough research a lot of the commonly available stick insects can be kept with relative ease as long as the temperature, humidity and food is correct.