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There’s a massive number of animal species on the Earth, but in comparison, only a very small number of them make what most would consider as good pets. Of course, defining what a ‘good pet’ is varies from person to person, and your living situation is a significant factor as well. For instance, a ‘good pet’ for someone who lives in a rural area and can construct outdoor pens or enclosures would be quite different from someone who lives in an apartment. Apartment living has a few challenges that would make pet keeping more restrictive, and a few of these factors are:
Many reptiles are absolutely some of the best choices for apartments, beginners to exotic pet keeping, and for lower budgets. Of course, this depends on the species you choose. Reptiles are great because they have the lowest odor levels of the terrestrial pets, are virtually noise-free, and do not need time out of the cage as long as it is appropriately-sized. Most reptiles are terrestrial, so there’s no risk of an overflowed tank leaching water into the ceiling beneath you like with fish. Reptiles are also independent and do not need to be socialized (you may or may not prefer this). Some of the best reptiles for apartments are:
Remember that not all living situations are identical and perhaps some people can have success with other species in apartments that wouldn’t initially seem like a good match. It’s up to you (and your landlord) to make a reasonable assessment on whether or not these pets fit your lifestyle. Be sure to check city laws for certain species as well; laws in cities can be very different from state laws.