Top 10 Facts About Pets Too Many People Don't Know

1Miniature pigs are hardly miniature. They weigh between 60 and 300 pounds when full grown.

2According to The Humane Society of The United States, most dogs sold in pet stores in the United States are the products of "puppy mills" and frequently have serious health or psychological problems.

3Painted glass fish aren't naturally colored. They are transparent fish injected with dye. Most of the fish do not survive this process and the color fades in those that do.

480% of shelter rabbits were purchased as Easter presents. Most are euthanized.

5Sugar gliders are a high maintenance pet. Proper care and bonding will require a couple hours per day.

6Microchipped dogs that enter animal shelters are 2.4 times as likely to be returned to their families. Microchipped cats are 20 times more likely.

7Hedgehogs are most comfortable with a constant temperature between 72 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures not far outside that zone can be fatal.

8Some pets such as snakes and tarantulas can live a surprisingly long time, up to 30 years.

9Unlike hospitals, veterinarians can refuse service to those who cannot pay, and frequently require payment in advance.

10Goldfish can grow fairly large, up to 8 inches long or more depending on their environment.