Going to college can be a scary and sometimes lonely experience, especially if you don't know anybody there. Most people don't think to bring along an animal pal that feels familiar to take away some of the loneliness. Sadly, most dorms won't allow dogs or cats. However, here's a list of college friendly pets to help you ease your way into higher education.

Turtle
Turtle
Turtles are easy to take care of and can be kept in a small space such as medium sized aquarium. The aquarium won't take up too much of your living space and with all your classes you don't have to worry about walking them.
Fish
Fish
Fish are probably fairly obvious and for good reason. They are relaxing to look at especially after a stressful day of classes and require very little attention. You can even have fun decorating the fish tank to go with the decor in your room.
Hamster
Hamster
These little guys can entertain themselves in their cage with a wheel, so you don't have to feel bad about being at class or studying for long hours. They're small enough to fit in your space and won't eat up all of your limited college funds.
Parrot
Parrot
You'll be the life of the dorm with a colorful parrot. Their cages can fit in any small space and you'll have fun entertaining your friends with all of the cool phrases they can say. Just be sure your roommate is ok with it!
Scorpion
Scorpion
Your roommate might not be too thrilled with this, but scorpions are great for entertainment and shock value. The bonus is they're low maintenance as well. Just don't let him out of the cage or you might get strange looks around campus.
Rabbit
Rabbit
A rabbit is cuddly and adorable and just small enough to be kept in small spaces. Make them a rabbit house and you can enjoy hours of furry fun. You'll have to clean the rabbit's house regularly so factor that into your schedule.
Lizard
Lizard
Lizards are great because who doesn't love looking at a lizard. And the icing on the cake is they're pretty easy to feed with flies or plants. Find a nice corner in your room and you've got a scaly friend always in your corner.
Guinea Pig
Guinea Pig
Guinea pigs are small and furry so they're perfect pets for college. They do require regular exercise, but you can install pet runs to their enclosures. Find a space in your room that can accommodate their fitness needs and watch them go. They also only require pellets, vegetables and water.
Hermit Crab
Hermit Crab
Hermit crabs are some of best college companions you can have for their easy maintenance factor. Find them a nice aquarium with plenty of room and make sure it's not too cold or hot. They can eat any unprocessed food such as fruits, vegetables or seeds.
Tree Frog
Tree Frog
Now I know you're thinking, don't you need a tree for a tree frog. The main things you need are an aquarium, branches or foliage for decoration (and for the frog), and insects for food. Make sure you keep their habitat warm and humid.

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