While Singaporeans are owners to many different types of pets, not all animals are legalised to be kept as companion animals. Naturally, the following list of examples of banned animals is not exhaustive.
Despite being small and cute, the spines on this little animal is the primary reason for its prohibition in the local settings. Although the spines are not poisonous, barbed, nor easily detached from the hedgehog, the hedgehog will curl into a spiky ball when scared or threatened.
Sloths are tree-dwellers, and are nothing sort of the slow and sleepy type of animal that people commonly thought they are. When threaten they can actually attack quickly – their claws are something that people need to watch out for!
Native to India, this exotic species when kept as pets is not only illegal but also problematic. They require full UVB spectrum light in order to produce vitamin D3 for itself.
Sugar gliders are popular domestic pets around the world. They do not grow to a large size and are harmless apart from the highly intimidating hissing sounds they produce. Although not available nor allowed in Singapore, this breed of small animal is widely and legally available in Malaysia.
*P.S: Please do not even try to smuggle one into the country!
Besides being hairy and scary, a tarantula bite can be very unpleasant and painful. It can be life-threatening as well if one is allergic to its venom (something that pet owners would not be able to find out before deciding to keep one).
This reptile is prohibited because it eats not only animals of varying sizes but humans as well. Apart from the danger that it brings, it can also grow up to a fairly large size and length.