Snakes in the Shower? See Exotic Pets in Conventional Homes
Photographer Areca Roe set out to show unusual household pets—like tarantulas and iguanas—live in the most familiar of settings.
In her new book Housebroken, Minnesota photographer Areca Roe juxtaposes exotic pets against tranquil, domestic settings.
The tension “between the fur, the claws, the scales and that very domestic background” of quilts and fabrics intrigued Roe—animals that seem wild to many of us, even though they’re not, in settings that couldn’t be more familiar. (Get more pets stories on our hub Domesticated.)
There’s Turdell the snapping turtle walking near a colorful bedspread; Finnian, an Angora rabbit with two My Little Ponies whose coifs all mirror each other; and Dozer, a pot-bellied pig who looks at home on his owner’s bed because it’s his bed, too.
Roe worked with pet owners to get the right shots but the critters had a