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What About Reptiles? Part 4 of 12
Some children really like reptiles for pets and small turtles used to be a very popular pet to give to a child many years ago. Reptiles and amphibians make good pets for children who enjoy these exotic creatures but require a bit of care.
Most reptiles and amphibians can be kept in aquarium tanks with a netted top. They can be taken out and played with, but generally do not do much. Some of the more popular reptiles and amphibians to get as pets for children include the following:
Young boys tend to gravitate toward these creatures more than young girls. While some snakes should never be used as pets in homes where there are children, such as the boa constrictor or any other constricting snake, most snakes are harmless creatures. A child might like the idea of petting the snake, which appears slimy, and finding out that it is actually soft.
Reptiles such as snakes, turtles and lizards, usually live in hot, dry climates and need that sort of environment in which to survive. There are lights that you can purchase to shine on the creatures to make sure that they stay warm. These animals will die if exposed to the cold, so it is important they remain in a hot, arid environment.
Amphibians like water and land and can be kept in a tropical aquarium that is set up to give the frogs or toads a chance to enjoy both the water and the land. Toads are generally found in dry areas and frogs usually in the water, but they are essentially the same type of animal and extremely adaptable.
Although reptiles and amphibians are not the typical cute and cuddly pet that one thinks of to give a child, they can be a great learning tool for children as well as teach them a bit about responsibility. Learning about reptiles and amphibians will put the child that far ahead in school when it comes time for biology and may initiate an interest in science.
Reptiles and amphibians may not be the type of pet a that a child can enjoy frolicking in the yard with, but the lessons that these creatures can teach a child about their environment and care will stay with him or her for the rest of their lives. Either way, having reptiles and amphibians as pets can be a valuable learning experience for any child.