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I love invertebrates. They are entertaining, some of their behaviors are fascinating, and they’re educational. Insects might be a great choice for a child who enjoys science. But don’t let your bug-loving kid plop the pet tarantula on Grandma’s lap without her permission; we’ve seen trauma to spiders as a result.

Advantages: Inexpensive, hypoallergenic, fascinating to kids, short life span (most live about two years), relatively easy care, interesting and educational.

Disadvantages: Potentially venomous, “gross” to some people, not cuddly or interactive, short life span might be a downside.

Lizards

There are no easy reptiles, but the bearded dragon and the leopard gecko are two I suggest as pets for first-time lizard owners. They are docile and easy to handle – yet also gregarious, playful and fun to watch. And they are beautiful, at least to some animal lovers. Lizards do have specific dietary needs. In fact, some of our clients give their pet lizards fresh homemade salad every day.

Advantages: May be tamed, hypoallergenic, fascinating, beautiful.

Disadvantages: Generally difficult care, with daily requirements; cannot be left alone for long periods; many are wild-caught, making ownership illegal in some states; may injure handlers with bites, scratches or tail whips; may shed Salmonella.

Snakes

Snakes are beautiful and fascinating to many people: More than 500, 000 American households keep snakes as pets. But many people are afraid of snakes – so afraid, in fact, that they have an irrational fear known as ophidiophobia. If you get a snake, be prepared for some friends and family members to have negative reactions. Also know that snakes require a whole-prey diet, such as chicks, mice or insects; if this bothers you, snakes might not be your best choice.

Advantages: Easiest care of reptiles; common pet species are docile and easy to handle; hypoallergenic.

Disadvantages: About 30 percent of people are ophidiophobic; foul odor if dirty; whole-prey food; many wild-caught, making ownership illegal in some states; not cuddly; may shed Salmonella.

Source: source.colostate.edu

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