Are your kids bugging you for a pet? Do they follow you around begging for a dog or cat? If this sounds familiar, we have a solution for you!
Although the responsibility of a dog or cat is certainly a great learning experience for kids, some may not be up for that challenge just yet. Odds are you will probably be the one taking that dog for walks or cleaning the litter pan every day. A great way to start kids off with learning the responsibility of caring for a pet is to bring home a reptile. Now, while a reptile is certainly not going to snuggle up in bed with you like a dog or cat, it is a great way to introduce your kids to responsibility for a living creature without the demanding needs a dog can pose like daily walks, accidents or playtime.
Reptiles are a low-cost investment and they have a longer life expectancy than hamsters or fish, so you can expect them to be a part of your family for a very long time! Some species of snakes can live up to 30 years. Before committing to a snake, be sure you can give him a forever home. If you are looking for a little less of a commitment, consider a Breaded Dragon or a Gecko who typically have a life expectancy of 10 years.