Space Too Small For A Cat Or Dog? Consider These Tiny Pets

If you’d like a pet but think you don’t have enough room, reconsider. Many pets can still thrive in small spaces such as small homes or apartments, studios and rooms. These lovable little creatures don’t require much room for exercise and enrichment, and are even usually quiet. However, even though a pet is little, they still need attention, and many small pets have specific care and environmental requirements. Check out these tiny pets perfect for your small space: 

Hermit Crabs 

Although hermit crabs are little, don’t be fooled by stores that offer them in tiny plastic boxes. They require more space. Several medium or small hermit crabs can be housed in a 10-gallon tank. Keep the temperature between 72 and 80°F (22 to 27 degrees Celsius). These animals are so much fun to observe. You’ll want to keep a couple of crabs for company, as they are social. 


A 2-square-foot cage with food, chew toys, and a covered area where they can hide and sleep is ideal for hamsters. A cage with a running wheel can keep them fit. Their cage-free playtime is supervised. There are several species of hamsters, including Syrian hamsters, dwarf hamsters and Chinese hamsters. 


Leopard and house geckos are excellent starter reptile pets. They’re an awesome alternative if you don’t have room for a large vivarium. Leopard geckos are the most common pet geckos, but house geckos are also available. 


For those who don’t have much time to handle their pet but want something cute, furry, and entertaining to watch, mice are ideal. Get a pair or a small group of female mice, as they enjoy company. Female mice can share a 2 foot by 2 foot by 1 foot cage. Male mice can be tricky since they fight when kept together. 

Miniature Snakes 

Speaking of mice, most small snake species feed on insects instead. Corn snakes are suitable for novices and don’t require large houses. Adults should be alright with a 20-gallon shallow tank. If you want to keep them in a tank, make sure it has a tight-fitting lid that can be clamped shut. With careful care, they can survive for up to 20 years!

Giant Millipedes 

Although not usual pets, giant African millipedes are intriguing creatures. A 10- to 15-gallon aquarium will normally comfortably accommodate two millipedes. Floor space trumps height, albeit a sturdy cover is advised. Handling these creatures is not advised due to a discharge that might irritate the skin and eyes. 

Frogs & Toads

There are many frog toad species perfect for small spaces. A gallon tank should suit dwarf clawed frogs, which are small and aquatic. Neither leopard frogs nor oriental fire-bellied toads need more than a 10-gallon tank. Pacman frogs are very sedentary and can comfortably live in a 10-gallon aquarium despite their larger size. 


Tarantulas require an adventurous keeper, yet they are not venomous. Most pet species have bites similar to bee stings, albeit they may cause allergic reactions in some humans. Tarantulas don’t require much room; the cage should be three times the spider’s leg span long and twice its leg span wide for burrowing or terrestrial spiders. If you’re a beginner, you may want to start with docile species like the Chilean rose or pinktoe.