A Complete List Of Small Pets (With Pictures)

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If you opt to adopt small pets that are easier to-take-care, then look no further than these. We’ve compiled a complete list of small pets that don’t require as much care and attention as cats, dogs, and other large animals do. 

These pets are so compact that you can easily take them anywhere with you, even in your pockets. 

Some of them might melt your heart as well, so let’s check ’em out.

Here’s The Complete List Of Small Pets

Duprasi

Duprasi

Duprasi has the same behavior as Hamsters, but they aren’t so active as Hamsters! They are very small and have a cute little fat tail and soft fur. They are also pretty clean pets that you can have and don’t require much space.

Hedgehogs

Hedgehogs

Hedgehogs are solitary and friendly little mammals who know how to escape from anywhere. They are quiet and can easily socialize with others. But they require little care and are prone to health problems. And also, they aren’t legal in some states.

Bush Baby

bush baby

Everyone wants to have bush babies because they are cute and fun-loving creatures. But they are only legal in some states as a pet. They are small and low-maintenance who love to get inside your shirt. They stay active for 9-12 hours per day, and you can keep them in the large cage during your absence.

Frog 

frog

Frogs are small, easy to take care of, and don’t require much space. There are many different species of frogs that you can have as pets, such as Dwarf frogs, American green tree frogs, African clawed frogs, Pacman frogs, and more. They don’t require much food as well. 

Sugar Gliders

Sugar gliders

Sugar Gliders are very intelligent, social companions who learn things quickly. They require plenty much space and care, plus they smell as well. They can be messy eaters who love to eat any fresh foods, But still. They make a good pet, but illegal in some states. 

Short-Tailed Opossum

Short-Tailed Opossum

Short-Tailed Opossum is moderately new to the list of small pets; they are excellent pets for beginners. They are small enough to keep them in 10 to 15-gallon tanks. You can leave them alone for hours, plus they are very friendly and don’t require other partners as well. 

Tenrec

tenrec

Tenrecs are a little mammal that almost looks like a hedgehog, but they are quite small in size and have a long snout. They are low-maintenance, and you can easily keep them in (Living World Deluxe Habitat). Tenrec looks like small hedgehogs, but they aren’t even close to hedgehogs; they are completely different.

Jirds

Jirds

Jirds are so soft to touch that they are almost like cotton balls. Their soft fur doesn’t have any smell and doesn’t require much cleaning. As they are small, they can easily live in Hamsters tanks (but slightly big) with extra tubes to roam. Plus they are very gentle!!

Mantises

Mantises

Mantises are excellent pets to have; they come in varieties of sizes and colors. Small Container like (Mantises Breathable Container) is enough for them to keep them secure in your absence. They are completely low-maintenance pets and can live up to one year in captivity and less than one year in the wild. 

Bearded Dragons

Bearded Dragons

If you never own a lizard before and still want a lizard as a pet, then Bearded Dragons are for you! Because they are best for beginners. They are friendly with everyone and don’t require too much care as other large lizards do. They can easily live in a proper Reptile Terrarium.

Gerbils

Gerbils

Gerbils are fast little sweet rodents that are easy to tame. They make good small pets and do well in pairs of the same sex. Like jirds, they also don’t smell, and it’s pretty easy to feed them because they have the same diet as hamsters. 

Pom-Pom Anemone Crab 

Pom-Pom Anemone Crab (boxer crab)

Pom-Pom Anemone Crabs are a small aquarium creature that is also known as boxer crabs. They can easily live in small to large aquariums with or without fish. They mostly have a beautiful pink, brown color pattern and can live up to 3 to 5 years in captivity. 

Prairie Dogs

Prairie Dogs

Prairie Dogs are playful, active rodents and becoming the most popular as a pet. You can keep them single, but in pairs, they do well. They are sweet and intelligent to have as a pet. But like Bush Babies, Prairie Dogs are not legal in states like California, Arizona, and other states.

Rabbits

Rabbits

Rabbits are the most common household small pets and are available in several species to keep as pets. They are social and the best pet for everyone, whether you are a beginner or expert. Most of them don’t require grooming as they do it by themselves. But, as they are active, they need plenty of space to play.

Jerboa

Jerboa

Jerboas are adorable pets, also known as kangaroos rats, because of their unusual looks. There are almost 33 different species of Jerboa in the world, and the cutest one is the Baluchistan pygmy jerboa because it looks like a ball with two legs and a tail. But now, Jerboas aren’t legal as pets in the US. 

Ferrets

Ferrets

Ferrets are highly intelligent and independent small animals who love to play and explore new things. And sometimes they do love to steal stuff from you! They are low-maintenance companions and litter box trainable. But like some other pets on the list, they are also not legal in some states. 

Green Anole

green anole

Green Anole is another low-maintenance little lizard on the list! They are pretty much shy and require gentle handling. And can live in a 15 to 20-gallon tank with a tight-fitting. They do well in groups with the opposite sex means a male with two or three females. They can be good pets for kids and inexperienced people. 

Betta Fish

Betta fish

If you don’t need a pet with whom you can cuddle or play, then Betta Fish is the only best option on the list. They don’t require much care – just keep up with their daily food and weekly water change. That’s all they need!

Garden Eel

Garden Eel

Garden Eels are quite hard to keep as pets! They also do much better in groups and therefore require a large open aquarium. But if you are willing to put enough effort into maintaining their natural environment, then garden eels can be marvelous pets to watch at home.

Whip Scorpion

Whip Scorpion

This spooky little alien is also known as a whip spider. But they are neither scorpions nor spiders. They belong to a different class of arachnids known as Amblypygi. They don’t require a lot of care and have a very docile nature.

Stick Insects

Stick insects

Stick Insects are the most popular insects that are kept as pets. They are extremely low-maintenance but need a little bit of care when in hand, as they are very delicate. And Indian stick insects are the common subspecies that are mostly kept as pets.

Axolotl

Axolotl

The axolotl is another low-maintenance and good beginner’s pet. And they are the only small pet on the list that can regrow their body parts like legs, tail, etc. They do well in pairs or groups and require the same care as betta fish do.

Degus

Degus

Degus are cute like a hamster and make a good bond with their owners. They can comfortably live in a hamster’s cage or any other rodent cage, and they do well in pairs, especially with their opposite sex. They are social and playful but illegal in certain states as pets.

Caecilian

Caecilian

Caecilian is not so popular as a pet, but YES’ you can keep them as pets; hundreds of people already have them! Caecilians are small, mostly 14 inches, but can grow up to 22 inches; you can keep them in 10-gallon tanks either in a planted or a non-planted one. They don’t require as much care as other amphibians do. 

Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches

Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches

These cockroaches are known to be the second-largest species of cockroaches in the world, right after Megaloblatta. Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches are easy to handle and keep (in any insect container at least big enough so they can roam). They are excellent pets for all as they don’t bite or pinch. 

Rats

Rats

Rats are social and easy to tame pets who do well with everyone. They are intelligent, friendly, and velcro pets who love to spend time with their owners, mostly on their laps. And it’s best to keep them in pairs, especially same-sex.

Fennec Fox

Fennec Fox

If you want a dog or cat-like pet, then the fennec fox is the best choice for you as they are small, almost the same size as cats and Chihuahua. They are independent and very playful pets. But as pets, they are only legal in limited states with a permit. 

Halloween Moon Crabs

Halloween Moon Crabs

Halloween Moon Crabs make a nice pet, as they are easy to handle. They come in multi bright colors that enhance their looks better. As they are social reptiles, they do well in pairs and are easy to tame. Plus, they don’t require much space.

Mice

Mice

Mice are magnificent pets to have because they are small, pretty active, and playful rodents. As they are small and self groomers, they don’t need much space and care. But not the best pet for kids! Because it’s difficult for kids to hold them gently, as they are quick. 

Tarantulas

tarantulas

Tarantulas are common pet spiders. There are many different species to keep as pets, such as Mexican red knee, curly hair tarantulas, etc. They are not aggressive and don’t require extra care other than feeding daily. 

Snails

Snails

There are many different species of snail but among all the Orthotics-tree-snails are the best to keep as pets. They are low maintenance, have a usual diet like apples, carrots, etc., and are legal. They do well in groups of 4 to 5 or more.

Hermit Crabs

Hermit crabs

Hermit crabs are the third crab on the list and the cutest crab to keep as pets. They are low-maintenance, have low food requirements, and are the best pets for kids. They don’t need much space, and it’s always better to keep them in groups, as they do best in groups and live longer.

Millipedes

Millipedes

Millipedes or African giant millipedes are low-maintenance pets. They can be the center of attraction for all your visitors. They don’t require much space and are easy to feed. You can easily keep more than one in the same tank as they also live in groups.

Turtles And Tortoises

Turtles And Tortoises

Both Turtles or Tortoises can be great pets, as they are smart, intelligent, quiet, live long, and many species are available to keep as pets. But each species requires too much special care. They also need a big size terrarium because they will not survive in a small terrarium. 

Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs

Guinea Pigs are best of all! They are cute, cuddly, friendly, playful, social, and most importantly, low-Maintenance pets. Their docile nature makes them a great choice for all, especially for kids and beginners. But they require quite a large cage, same as rabbits.

Flying Squirrel

Flying Squirrel

Flying Squirrels are known for making a good bond with their owners. They are easier to keep than sugar gliders, and yes’ they do glide like Sugar Gliders. They are highly active and fun-loving pets who love to climb and glide.

Butterflies

Butterflies

Butterflies are excellent educational pets for kids! You can simply raise them at home with short stuff. They don’t need much care as well as space. But make sure you free them when they become Butterflies. 

Leopard Geckos

Leopard geckos

Leopard Geckos are another lizard that you can keep as a pet. They get along well with kids and adults, plus easy to handle and feed. They have a long life, between 15 to 20 years. And it doesn’t have any odor!

Hamsters

hamsters

Hamsters are pets for all reasons and seasons. They are extremely cute, easy-to-care, funny, easy to tame, quiet, and self groomer. They are also the best beginners pets that you can find in many colors and even hair types. 

Emperor Scorpion

Scorpion

There are almost 2,000 species of Scorpion! But Emperor Scorpion is the best to keep as a pet because they are known as a non-aggressive species. They are easy to maintain and not poisonous to humans. 

Prevost Squirrel

Prevost Squirrel

Prevost Squirrel is a very decent pet to keep, as well as very human friendly. They have a unique color combo, which makes them easy to spot from anywhere. They have good temperaments and are active enough to keep you entertained all day.

Sea Monkeys

Sea Monkeys

Sea Monkeys are actually a Brine Shrimp and the only pet on the list that literally doesn’t require any care and large space. They only need food twice a week and can easily live up to 2 years.

Final Thought

Some of these small pets are not legal to keep as a pet, so make sure you check all laws according to your state. And most importantly, don’t buy pets, only adopt them!!

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