RUSSELL BOGAERTS PET WOULD JUST AS SOON EAT HIM. This 18-foot
reticulated python requires its own room in Bogaerts house.
Hes big enough to kill me, says Bogaert.
Why own a pet known to eat humans?
Part of what I like is that not everybody has them, Bogaert says.
And the way they move is fascinating.
He owns three boas, two pythons, a soft-shell turtle, and
Dani Amaru has rats, a ferret, four cats, a dog, two horses, and a prairie
dog named Digger. Her favorites? Rats. Shes also partial to the prairie
Owning a prairie dog in Nevada, like all wildlife, requires a license through
the Nevada Division of Wildlife. Amaru says their even temperament make them
ideal pets. Digger uses a litter box, drinks from a water bottle, doesnt
claw furniture or carpets, and is sweet and affectionate.
His only downfall, if you can call it that, is that he likes to steal
socks, she says.
Amarus house may be a zoo, but Sandy Griffiths seven birds rule
her roost. Her front room is occupied by her caged birds, including some exotics.
Pettin Place used to carry monkeys, kinkajous, civet cats, and alligators.
These days, the shops merchandise is a bit more reasonable hedgehogs,
ferrets, and birds. Owner Linus McKibbin keeps a 30-year-old capuchin monkey,
Hermalinda, as a store pet.
People think theyre so cute, like a baby. No, McKibbin says.
Its like having a pissed off 6-year-old with five hands that will
McKibbin says owning an exotic pet requires research, a lot of work, and the
possibility that either it, or you, can be hurt.
Still interested in an unusual pet? Call Pettin Place at 323-3348. If
exotic birds are your thing, call Reno Area Avian Enthusiast at 358-7222 or