While keeping exotic pets can seem like a fun and exciting idea, owners should bear in mind that many unusual animals have very specific needs, making it difficult to provide the necessary level of care.
When looking after an animal becomes too difficult some irresponsible owners may feel tempted to simply set their pet free, although this can put both the animal and the local community in serious danger.
According to Spanish news reports, a seven-foot alligator has been spotted on the loose in the popular tourist destination of Malaga on the Costa del Sol, with police suspecting the animal may have been set free by its keeper, the Telegraph reports.
While it is illegal for exotic animals such as alligators to be kept as pets in most countries, other creatures such as snakes and tarantulas are common in many households, although owners should be aware that feeding these creepy crawlies is not for the faint-hearted. So if you don't like the idea of keeping insects or dead mice as pet food then you might want to think about adopting a more conventional animal instead.