Small Exotic Pets: If you have come to this blog, you probably are planning on adding a new and a little bit weird friend in your life and in your family. And you probably are looking up information on what kind of pet will become a part of your world in the best way possible. So we are here to try to help you make up your mind on which animal will be the best for you. Here we have brought the list of the uncommon, weirdest, rare, and Exotic Pet Animals that are safe to keep. The list includes weird pets that are also good pets for apartments with kids and children. But before that, keep in mind the following:
- Some of these animals may illegal to be kept as pets in some countries or states. So do your research before bringing home anyone. You might need a license to keep some of these. And others might simply not be legal.
- Always rely on professional guidance and tips from professional animal keepers for their training, diet, and health-related issues.
- The responsibilities to keep them happy, fulfilled, and satisfied in all ways can be a bit trickier when compared to commonly known Apartment Pets.
- If you bring a pet home, it is your responsibility to keep them safe, happy, and fed as long as they or you live, because now they are family.
- Apart from the cost of the animals itself, there is a lateral cost of food, housing, caging, accessories, medical, etc, so plan accordingly.
- Make sure you have a vet near you who can treat and vaccinate your babies. Not everyone can treat exotic animals. And a pet store that keeps their specific food and accessories.
- Learn about spaying and neutering for population control if you are keeping couples.
So here is the list of uncommon, rare, and cute Exotic Pet Animals you can have and we have chosen the ones that are comparatively Low Maintenance Exotic Pets suitable for small spaces:
Best 7 Small Exotic Pets: (Exotic Pets for Apartments)
1. Tarantula as pets (Theraphosidae):
Keeping these fuzzy little creatures is not the same as keeping any other four-legged animal. They are mostly venomous (venom effect ranging from that of a wasp to of a snake) and will need gentle handling and their space to behave. Choose a slow land species if you are a beginner.
Behavior: Generally docile but bite if threatened, quiet and restful, keeps hidden mostly, needs negligible attention, clean and interesting to watch.
Requirements: Don’t manhandle or disturb them unnecessarily, if you have to move them to use a box instead of hands, eats really less, fully secured aquarium with good ventilation, does not need direct sun, some species need higher levels of humidity, does good at room temperature, diet- crickets, worms, roaches, small mice and lizards (smaller than tarantula’s body).
Health: Can get easily injured if fall from height, dehydration, molting is a tough phase (needs extra care when new skin is hardening).
|Life span:||5-20 years, females tend to live longer.|
|Length:||5-9 inches long.|
2. Hedgehog as pets (Erinaceinae):
These prickly cuties have a pretty specific diet and are pocket pets.
Behavior: Rolls into a ball when scared, friendly, nocturnal, keeps biting things, likes solitary, self anointing.
Requirements: Spacious cages with a soft floor, they are insectivores and can be fed store-bought insect meal, running wheel, needs hiding place.
Health: Mite and lice infestation, dental issues, tumors, intestinal parasites.
|Life span:||4-6 years.|
3. Bearded dragon as pets (Pogona vitticeps):
They might not change colors like a chameleon, but they actually come in a range of colors from nature. These handsome-looking lizards with neck gear have specific dietary and environmental needs which can be complex even for a professional pet keeper.
Behavior: Social, easily tamable, docile, active during the day.
Requirements: Closed and ventilated aquarium with a range of logs and rocks to climb on, hiding spots, don’t keep together males (can fight over territorial disputes), temperature (70-100 degrees Fahrenheit) and humidity (around 40%) control, sun exposure, eats both insects, worms, and vegetables.
Health: metabolic bone disease, respiratory infections.
|Life span:||5-10 years.|
|Length:||15-25 inches long.|
4. Sugar glider as pets (Petaurus breviceps):
These cute flying miracles are becoming more and more popular in the pet world. But they are hard to pet; you might need professional help to domesticate them. Plus they need hours and hours of your time with a specific diet.
Behavior: Nocturnal, sensitive to surroundings and other pets or companions, gets stressed, playful, entertaining, cuddles to sleep, will bite if feel threatened otherwise friendly, clean but cannot be potty trained.
Requirements: 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit surrounding temperature, strict dietary requirements (nectar, insects, rodents, fruits, etc), tall and spacious cage for climbing activities, lots of toys, keep them in pair or groups with the same species, needs regular human interaction to behave.
Health: Can bite themselves if stressed, bacterial and parasitic infections, dental diseases, anemia, and metabolic problems.
|Life span:||10-15 years.|
|Length:||5-7 inches long.|
5. Ferret as pets (Mustela putorius furo):
These little guys belong to the same family as wolverines, otters, minks, badgers, weasels, and polecats.
Behavior: Playful, smart, and curious, generally sleep at daytime (but can adjust to the owner’s sleep pattern ones trained), loves to hide things, poor eyesight but a keen sense of smell and hearing.
Requirements: 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit surrounding temperature, should be kept in pairs or groups (keep same-gender pair otherwise they will reproduce frequently), can be kept in a spacious cage with no space to escape (they can escape through small spaces) but needs few hours outside the cage in open and sun, keep the floor of the cage that cannot damage its feet (preferably soft), eats constantly (meat, eggs, fish, etc).
Health: Adrenal gland disease, digestive problems, distemper, dilated cardiomyopathy, lymphoma, aplastic anemia, dental problems, mildly smelly due to glands
|Life span:||8-12 years.|
|Length:||13-16 inches long.|
6. Emperor Scorpion as pets (pandinus imperator):
Scorpions seem like royal pets, and if you are a Scorpio itself, than voila! You have found your better half. Although they are venomous, but there are some species which are ideal to keep as pets that are not as venomous as others. This species specifically is great for new owners. Also, you do not have to manhandle them, even if you need to move them, use boxes.
Behavior: quiet and clean, docile, nocturnal, more likely to pinch with claws than sting.
Requirements: appropriate sized glass aquariums for housing with hiding space, can be kept alone or in groups, provide heaps of soil or vermiculite to dig, 75% humidity (use misting and moss), do not need direct sunlight, 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit, eats insects, worms and lizards.
Health: dehydration, special care required while molting.
|Life span:||6-8 years.|
7. Leopard or meadow frogs as pets (lithobates or rana genus):
If you are interested in keeping frogs as pet, then this species of frogs is the best for low maintenance option. The best thing is that they are toxin free.
Behavior: Avoid manhandling, mostly nocturnal, timid and shy, hides underwater when threatened, tries to swallow anything, can jump as high as 2-3 feet.
Requirements: Large glass tank for residing, with water space and plants in tank, require weekly maintenance and cleaning of the tank, can be kept alone or in groups, do not carry them with bare hands, do not keep any swallow-able non-eatables in the tank, 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit, hibernate in winters, does not need much light, 50-70 percent humidity, feeds on worms and insects.
Health: Parasitic infections, fungal infections.
|Life span:||5-8 years.|
|Length:||3-5 inches long.|
This was our pick for cute and low-maintenance exotic pets. But before you bring them home, make sure you are ready to nurture them and grow with them. Each pet is unique and important in itself, whether it is a dog or a tarantula, you learn while you are with them. So grow them as your own babies because that’s what they are. Care and love are all that they need. Good luck to all the weird pet parents.