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Lizards are fairly easy pets for kids with allergies. Reptiles don’t have anything that could cause a reaction. Choosing a gecko or bearded dragon is best for beginning owners. They are docile and don’t require much outside of a cage and food, especially not the many other reptiles need.
For many, moms in particula, sometimes the barrier to dad and the kids getting a pet lizard in the house, the crested gecko doesn't need insects in order to survive. It does not eat mice and meat.
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Too many people fall into the trap of buying baby reptiles for their kids, only to realize too late that the animal gets large and requires a living area that they are not able to provide. Plus, large reptiles are not easy or even safe for kids to handle. This is one of many reasons why iguanas are not suitable for kids. Other reptiles that get large include many of the monitor lizards, some of the pythons like Burmese and reticulated pythons, and many tortoises. Likewise, reptiles that are too small will be too delicate and too easily hurt or dropped when handled by most kids. Green and brown anoles, for example are too small to make good pets for most kids.There are just a few types of lizards that make good pets for kids. Of those, leopard geckos and bearded dragons are probably the best. Be aware that most diurnal lizards (i.e. those that are active during the daytime) require access to UVB lighting, in the same way that iguanas do. So, in general, lizards have more complicated lighting requirements than snakes.Yes, snakes. Since this is the Green Iguana Society web site, you were probably thinking more about lizards, but in many respects, certain types of snakes can make better pets for kids and beginning herp enthusiasts. Generally, snakes require less room than lizards and other types of reptiles. They don't require quite so much care - fresh water several times a week, a feeding and bedding change once a week, constant monitoring of temperatures and humidity in their environments, and that's about it. Before anyone interprets that as "snakes are easy-care pets", they're not. No animal is truly easy care. All have their own specific needs and possible problems that owners must be educated about and ready to deal with. But, compared to lizards and turtles/tortoises, snakes tend to be easier - especially for kids. Some snakes, like those discussed below, tolerate handling well and are docile and even-tempered. One thing to note about snakes - they're great escape artists. If you plan to get a snake, be sure to get an enclosure with a locking lid. Enclosures designed especially for snakes, with sliding top or side doors, such as those sold by , are best. Snakes can squeeze through tiny openings, and a top that isn't on right or isn't quite latched tightly enough is all they need to escape.A larger, more impressive lizard that makes a suitable pet for kids is the bearded dragon. Beardies reach about 2 feet as adults, and can be housed in a 50 gallon terrarium. They are omnivores, and require a diet of insects, greens and vegetables. They have wonderful personalities and are very popular reptile pets. Here are some bearded dragon links: