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10 Small Pet Ideas You'll Love

15 Jun 2016 | By Levis Ryan

When thinking about getting pets, many people automatically think dogs or cats. But there’s a ton of other animals that you could get instead. Some even require almost zero effort in keeping them alive for those that fear the responsibility of having a dog for example. Here are 10 suggestions to get you started, including but not limited to their life span, diet and what type of exercise (if any) they need. 

1.Hamsters

Life Span: Up to 30 years.
Best For: Any age.
Feeding: Commercial pellets, fresh water, occasional fruit.
Housing and Exercise: Wheel in the cage.

Pros: Cute AF.
Cons: Might be cringe worthy if you hate rodents. 

2.Tortoises/ Turtles

Life Span: Can live longer than 150 years.
Best For: Any age.
Feeding: Safe grasses and weeds, leafy greens, with small amounts of hard vegetables and moist fruits. 
Housing and Exercise: Swimming for Turtles.

Pros: They live long. 
Cons: You can’t technically play with them.

3.Snakes

Life Span: Up to 20 years.
Best For: Young adults going up.
Feeding: Either frozen prey items, or freshly killed ones.
Housing and Exercise:  Swimming in the cage.

Pros: Cool AF.
Cons: God save you if the cage breaks.

4.Iguanas

Life Span: Up to 15 years.
Best For:  Any age.
Feeding: Leafy green vegetables, such as: collard greens, mustard greens, parsley, dandelion greens, beet and turnip greens, escarole, spinach, and kale.
Housing and Exercise: Swimming in the cage.

Pros: You can make pretend that you have a dragon.
Cons: Their hissing sound is kinda creepy. 

5.Guinea Pigs

Life Span: Up to 8 years.
Best For: All ages.
Feeding:  Pellets, grass hay, daily greens, vegetables and fruits.
Housing and Exercise: Wheel in the cage.

Pros: Cute AF.
Cons: They’re always hungry. 

6.Parrots

Life Span: Up to 50 years.
Best For: All ages.
Feeding:  Seeds, fruit, nectar, pollen, buds, and sometimes arthropods and other animal prey.
Housing and Exercise: Swing in Cage.

Pros: They can get pretty sassy.
Cons: They can get pretty sassy. 

7.Koi Fish

Life Span: Up to 70 years. Some have lived for over 200 years. 
Best For: Teens going up.
Feeding: They will eat almost anything that won't eat them first: plants, insects, snails, worms, algae etc.
Housing and Exercise: A backyard pond would be best.

Pros: Really beautiful and cool looking.
Cons: Limited to pond owners. 

8.Moon Jellyfish 

Life Span: Up to 2 years.
Best For: All ages.
Feeding: Small plankton organisms such as mollusks, crustaceans, tunicate larvae, copepods, rotifers, nematodes, young polychaetes, protozoans, diatoms and eggs. 
Housing and Exercise: Special LED jellyfish aquariums/tanks.

Pros: They glow in the dark.
Cons: Kinda hard to get. 

9.Tarantulas

Life Span: Up to 25 years.
Best For: Teens and up.
Feeding: Insects. They can go upto 1 week without eating so they're super chill to take care of. 
Housing and Exercise: A nicely maintained cage will be enough.

Pros: Great to scare people with. (Please don’t misuse your pets)
Cons: None really, unless you have arachnophobia. 

10. Chinchillas

Life Span: Up to 10 years.
Best For: All ages.
Feeding: A properly balanced diet of concentrates (pellets) and roughage (hay).
Housing and Exercise: A well maintained cage. Chinchillas are prone to heat strokes so a fan near their cage and feeding cold water when it gets hot is advised.

Pros: Cute AF.
Cons: They’re nocturnal creatures so keep it hush during the day. 

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