Hamsters are small rodents that are commonly kept as pets. They are nocturnal and require a cage with proper ventilation, bedding, and a wheel for exercise.
Pet mice are small and can be handled with care. They are social animals and prefer the company of other mice
Gerbils are small, social rodents that can be kept as pets. They are active and curious, requiring a cage with ample space, tunnels, and places to hide.
Some species of small frogs or toads, such as the Pacific Tree Frog, are compact and can be briefly handled.
Certain small lizard species, like anoles or geckos, can be small enough to briefly hold. However, they require a well-maintained terrarium with heat, light, and appropriate substrate for their well-being.
Insects, such as beetles or praying mantises, are small and may be observed for short periods. However, they are not traditional "pets" that form social bonds, and their care involves creating a suitable habitat.