26 Nov, 2021 In Lifestyle & Travel

What is the best pet for a student? (Part 2)

If you read the last article on pets that are suitable for students then you’ll know that this is a completely biased (and long winded) article about all the animals I think are perfect for a student to have. If you didn’t see anything you like in the first article then let’s hope you find a match here!

Let’s hop to it!

Person choosing fish at Pet Store


Hermit Crabs πŸ¦€


Yet another exotic pet on the list, hermit crabs are the weirdest thing on this list. These small crustaceans live up to 10 years and only grow up to 10cm.

They’re shy by nature but are companion animals. In fact, they cannot be kept alone and have to be kept in pairs of two at least. 

For two hermit crabs, a small 10-gallon tank will suffice but if you have space I do recommend you size up. The tank should be decorated with calcium carbonate sand as well as branches, driftwood, half logs, shells and caves.

The temperature should be kept at around 75℃ using a heat lamp and thermostat. Overall your setup will cost around €100 - 200. 


Overall rating:

Lifestyle: πŸ¦€  πŸ¦€  / 5

Costs: πŸ¦€  / 5

Space:  πŸ¦€  / 5

Aesthetics: πŸ¦€ πŸ¦€  / 5

Companionship: πŸ¦€  / 5




Yes, you heard that right, rats. Not cats, rats. You may be thinking that I’ve lost my mind and that this whole article is some big joke but I’m not. Fancy rats are amazing pets!

They’re lively, intelligent, clean and playful. They live around 3 years and don’t get any bigger than 30cm. Also, like hermit crabs, they need to be kept in pairs or more.

They require wire cages with horizontal bars, they love to climb so the higher the cage the better. The required floor space is a minimum of 30cm x 60cm. That will probably cost around €90.

They are super playful and need a lot of toys, platforms, and hammocks, so expect to spend another €100 there.


Overall rating:

Lifestyle: πŸ€ πŸ€ πŸ€  / 5

Costs: πŸ€ πŸ€  / 5

Space: πŸ€ πŸ€  / 5

Aesthetics: πŸ€  / 5

Companionship: πŸ€ πŸ€ πŸ€ πŸ€ πŸ€  / 5

To wrap up this long (and biased) article I’m going to give my final ranking for all the animals I’ve spoken about over these two articles.

So, without further ado, here they are: 


  1. Snakes 🐍
  2. Rats πŸ€
  3. Fish 🐠
  4. Hermit Crabs πŸ¦€
  5. Tortoises 🐒

If you disagree with my list or have a ranking of your own feel free to send it in!


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