Not all pets are created equal. Some animals are just plain illegal to keep in your home in the U.S., no matter how cool they may look.

Our furry and finned friends make life a little more fun. Always happy to see you when you come home, a great reason to exercise and all that unconditional love – who doesn’t need that?

But there are some pets that, no matter how cute or impressive they seem, are non-starters when it comes to keeping as pets. Some are transported in cruel and inhumane conditions, some pose a threat to their would-be owners and others are just plain bad ideas for the average family. Is it worth breaking the law for a pet? Probably not.

1. Sugar gliders

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