What Are The Best Exotic Pets To Keep In Your Apartment?

Living in an apartment does not necessarily mean that you cannot enjoy a pet, but make sure you check your apartment block’s regulations before purchasing a pet. Never try to sneak a pet in, as it may mean both you and the pet are asked to leave!

Also, if you intend to keep an exotic pet, ensure that you do not contravene any regulations and NEVER buy an exotic pet from an unknown source. You may inadvertently be supporting animal trades that are both cruel and against the law.

Let’s have a look at a few pets you could keep in an apartment.


It is possible to keep rabbits, as with time and effort, they can be trained to use a litter tray. Be aware that they may well damage skirting and carpets due to their propensity for burrowing. They should be spayed or neutered so that they are exempted from marking their territory, which could cause bad smells.


These playful animals make good apartment pets and can be trained to use a litter tray. Again, they should be spayed or neutered before you get the animal. These creatures are very playful and like to hide in small places, so you need to devote some time to play with them.

Rats and Mice

These are amiable creatures and will quickly become tame. They should be kept in same-sex pairs, and if they have a well-equipped cage, they will not need to be let out for exercise.


Some species of hamster are only happy on their own, but dwarf hamsters can be kept in same-sex pairs. They are very sociable and will become tame very quickly. They require a well-equipped cage and won’t need to be let out if they have enough space for exercise.


These are very social animals that will not do well on their own. Keep them in same-sex pairs and give them a nice cage with exercise equipment — then sit back and watch the antics. They are active both during the day and at night.


There is any number of reptiles that can be kept in relatively small spaces, but they will need warming elements in cold weather. Again, be acutely aware of the animal trade and be careful where you purchase one of these animals. They are not usually very social and do not respond to humans.

For tiny spaces, look to geckos or dragons. With more room, you can keep snakes, but be aware of their specific requirements. If you keep venomous snakes, obviously make sure they are unable to escape.

For the aquatically minded, there are many types of turtles, terrapins, newts, and frogs that you can keep. Be very careful about the local regulations, as many types of terrapins are invasive. If they get loose in local waterways, they can cause a great deal of damage to the local fauna.

Sugar Gliders

These are lovely and exotic pets that have a very specialized diet. They are very active and require a cage placed high up so they can exercise adequately.