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The Sims 3: Pets Wildlife Guide

List of Minor Pets, Birds, Wild Horses and Animals

The Sims 3 Pets Guide
Pet LTRsPet TraitsUnicornsCatsDogsHorses
Minor PetsRacingHorsemanArc BuilderThe JockeyZoologist
The Sims 3 Pets: A guide to minor animals. This is a chinchilla.

With The Sims 3: Pets, not only do we get the ability to own large animals, but also the small ones we see in the world and at pet stores. Sims can own snakes, lizards, rodents, turtles, and large/small birds. These can be found just like collectibles, and are scattered all over the world. You will see racoons and deer in the game, and Sims can adopt wild horses with the riding skill. Unicorns can be adopted as well, provided you have befriended enough creatures, Sim or animal.

Sims with the new animal lover trait will have a higher success rate when doing certain interactions with animals. This makes them easier to befriend, because you can do things like sniff hand earlier in the relationship with ease. This has no impact on small animals and birds, but does help a lot with stray cats, dogs, and wild horses.

There are two options that can help you to find wildlife easier. First is a cat. They can track small birds, and the other types of prey at around level seven in their hunting skill. Your Sim can go to those locations for a guaranteed way to pick them up. Cats can sometimes fail.

The second option for finding animals, the Collection helper lifetime reward, has been upgraded with Sims 3: Pets to support tracking of all collectible wildlife. Unlike the cat, this also includes large birds. If you want to do this early in a game, you'll have to search the world just as you would for metals, seeds, and bugs. There are places in the world that are hotspots. If you find a rare animal there, check back later for a chance at another. Unfortunately, the collecting skill journal has not been updated to track the number of small animals your Sim has found.

There are a few wild animals in The Sims 3: Pets that do not fall into the pet category. Racoons and deer can be watched and even interacted with. You can buy a mysterious mister gnome to ward wild animals away from your lot. It's found in the pets category in buy mode's sort by function, under miscellaneous.

Wild horses can be brought into your household and used like any other horse. You will need a lot of patience to befriend one. Start by watching them, then gradually sniffing hand, feeding (if they're hungry) and rubbing their neck. When your friendship level is high, and you've got a level 8 riding skill to match, you can take them for your own.

Befriending a unicorn requires you to have three best friends forever, be they Sim, large animal, or large bird. You can learn more about unicorns in our guide.

The Sims 3 Pets: You can't teach a falcon to talk

The only animals you can befriend here are large birds and, of course, wild horses. They are big enough and smart enough to qualify. They even count as friends toward the charisma skill challenges, and the requirements to befriend a unicorn. This includes dogs and cats, as well.

When you have caught an animal, you can either store it in the appropriate terrarium, or cage. You will need to take care of them, or they can die. Feed them and maintain a relationship with them to ensure they stay healthy. Even at Best Friends Forever, a wild animal can sometimes bite you while playing, causing a small mood hit for a few hours.

Your most likely use of these critters is to sell them. You can do this by dragging them onto the sell icon in the inventory tab. Unfortunately, they cannot be sold at the Consignment store. I guess that would not be easy for them!

Following are lists of the wild animals you can find. As with other collectibles, the values of minor pets can range higher or lower than what I have stated. They obviously have a range but this information is enough to display their relative values.

Clicking birds will sometimes only offer you the watch option. You simply can't catch them. Even with many wildlife friends and loads of experience at the reported hidden skill, you will come across a common African Grey parrot that just won't be caught. Move on to the next bird. It is possible you'll find this happens less often as you go along. Fear not, for the un-catchable bird will eventually disappear and be replaced by another.


The Sims 3 Pets: A bluebird

Small Birds
Small birds can fit inside a cage and are a little cheaper to own. All birds can fly about the house freely, as long as they have archways to pass through. They can't go through doors.

Small Birds
PetRarityValue est.
Lilac Breasted Rollerrare$950

Large Birds
Large Birds in The Sims 3 Pets can learn to talk. They can learn from a variety of types of phrases, and can gradually memorize them all. These guys are big and require a large limb as opposed to a cage.

The Sims 3 Pets: A falcon
Large Birds
PetRarityValue est.
African Greycommon$34
Blue-Gold Macawcommon$46
Catalina Macawuncommon$139
Yellow-Naped Amazonuncommon$532
Spotted SixamRare$1023

Small Animals

The Sims 3 Pets: a chameleon
PetRarityValue est.
Anole Lizardcommon$20
Agama Lizarduncommon$90
Pygmy Komodo Dragonuncommon$127
Texas Horned Lizarduncommon$329
Ancient DragonRare$950

PetRarityValue est.
Pygmy Hedgehograre$654
The Sims 3 Pets: A Spiny Turtle
PetRarityValue est.
Red-Eared Slider Turtlecommon$7
Western Painted Turtlecommon$13
Eastern Box Turtlecommon$23
Indian-Roofed Turtleuncommon$99
Barbour's Map Turtleuncommon$139
Spotted Turtleuncommon$311
Pygmy Tortoiserare$699
Spiny Turtlerare$925
The Sims 3 Pets: An Iridescent Shieldtail Snake
PetRarityValue est.
Garter Snakecommon$6
Emerald Tree Boacommon$15
Mini Python Snakecommon$25
San Francisco Garter Snakeuncommon$100
Malayan Krait Snakeuncommon$137
Yellow Chondro Pythonuncommon$311
Scarlet King Snakerare$681
Iridescent Shieldtail Snakerare$882

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Rowena Ravenclaw says...
I am sad we cant have rabbits, I was looking forward to creating/finding The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog
14th July 2014 11:10am
Jazmine says...
Can snakes hurt your sims if they bite them?? They might be poisonous...
Dying by snake poison is not an option. It has a negative moodlet but there are no ill side effects.
1st July 2013 11:47am
MorganDSimSandidge says...
No ferrets what the hell :'( theyre my favorites
20th October 2015 11:24pm
Gabi says...
I cant get the falcon to be befriended. Im off my home lot and im watching him over and over again! Whats wrong?
5th April 2014 8:19pm
Rider says...
I once saw a cockatoo at midnight. So I got my sim up and when I clicked on the bird it said "befriend". When I did this it put the bird in my inventory.
11th June 2013 12:35pm
Shin kurt says...
U can get chinchilla if u cheat like buydebug :)
20th April 2014 1:31am
SamHetfieldM says...
Hey there guys..just wanted to ask...i saw a falcon once but when i click on it says watch!! Ho lq can i catch it??!!
25th May 2013 9:41pm
B.Houghton says...
You have to watch it to be able to catch it!! You must gain its trust! After you watch it once or twice, you can catch it, but I think for large birds it says "Befriend"
7th June 2013 6:51pm
Kitty cats rule says...
Wow I knew all of this and I have a question can you mak your own bird on sims supernatural sims 3 pets or sims 3 :D
15th May 2013 11:06pm
SpaceCase says...
Nope. You cannot make or create minor pets.
16th January 2014 12:51am
omar says...
i want pets
29th March 2014 5:14pm
Melanie says...
I have been watching the same bird for quite some time now, but I still can't seem to get it. What should I do?
20th December 2013 8:44pm
Codz says...
just here to say how much i love the sims
11th October 2015 7:04am
Zari says...
HElp so I have a minor pet n my roommate was playing w it then put it in their inventory nd won’t put it back in the glass cage. How do I get it back?? cuz this was a special animal I found in the wild u can’t buy it.
13th January 2019 3:05pm
Playalot says...
Make sure it is the terrarium you're trying to place the pet into. Can't quite remember but either clicking on the terrarium or on the minor pet when it is in the sims inventory should open up the choice to 'put pet away'.
13th January 2019 9:52pm
Sam says...
One thing that's always bugged me about the little pets on this game is how little the sim seems to care when they die - clearly the developers were cat/dog people but the others matter to us too! :(
29th July 2014 11:31am
Maple says...
1st August 2014 10:08am
NikkeiSimmer says...
It's too bad they don't have a "death by envenomation". When you see a "Malayan Krait Snake" in the Sims 3... in real life, that thing is highly venomous and bipolar. If you run across it during the day time, it's docile, though you don't want to pick it up. If you run across it during the night, it will try to kill you - it's highly aggressive and a snake that's not to be messed around with.
17th August 2017 5:54pm
Marcy says...
Can you buy a pet by using the debug cheat or is it for just plants, seeds, fish, ect.?
21st August 2013 10:19pm
Shailyn says...
I am getting the Sims 3 pets today and I am worried because I have not ever played the Sims before. Is this something that you have to add to the original Sims 3 or is it its own separate game (pets)
7th September 2015 12:17pm
Iszh says...
Had 6 sim years go by and no birds have respawned since I caught them all on my map in year 1... town has been reset many times since. Had no problems with moth, insect, horse, ore and plant spawners. Even added more large bird spawners and no luck... any advice? Might try travelling away from the map and seeing if that makes any difference, if it doesn't, I'm completely at a loss :(
11th November 2015 7:36pm
Iszh says...
Traveling made no difference. Looks like its a stock only or bird free game for me.
14th November 2015 9:35pm
jessica says...
Well you can only get cats and dogs on sims 3 pets xbox but the best thing is the inventing bench get to lv 10 wait a couple of weeks and you will get rung for an opportunity and then get 10 life fruits which you can get from growing a plant and 1 pink heart cut diamond and palladium (a gem)and something else but you can make simbot WARNING DO NOT BATHE IT but they are basically a robotic sim
2nd March 2014 4:53pm
jessica says...
So der of course
2nd March 2014 5:22pm
Daniel Potter says...
Where is snowy dog? I can't find it

Please tell me
21st May 2018 4:50am
Playalot says...
I don't know what you mean but to make a pet for your household go into CAS and choose to add a dog to your household. You can edit the animal to look however you like.
Guide to Pets:
26th May 2018 6:38pm
jessica says...
Well I love these games but minor pets arent available on sims 3 pets xbox plus add me airsnipes 8 (xbox)
2nd March 2014 4:07pm
wendy says...
I was on vacation I got a rear bird he bite the hell of my sims finger and I had a snake the snake was friendly than the bird LOL anyway I can't seem to find a caige to put my bird in I also don't know where to find food for them can anybody help plz heheh
25th February 2014 12:33pm
Courtney says...
you can purchase a cage in animals purchase area you just have to select miscellaneous and they will be there also you don't buy food you just click in the cage and it says feed..Parrot
28th February 2014 6:26am
cool guy says...
no you cant
29th August 2013 8:49am
Orange says...
I found a falcon, but it wont let me catch it, only watch. Is there any way to catch it?
9th August 2013 5:12pm
Joseph Hawkins says...
How do you get the add on
2nd August 2017 6:23pm
Playalot says...
First you need the base game 'The Sims 3' then you need to purchase the expansion pack 'Pets' to have the features talked about in this guide.
2nd August 2017 9:35pm
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