Who said the first pet has to be fluffy? Puppies and kittens may be cute, but these adorable mess makers are often too high maintenance for young pet owners. Or maybe your child has been begging for a reptile pet of their own, but you aren't sure which type of lizard, snake, or turtle would make the best starter pet.
Have no fear, we are here to help! Check out this easy guide to the best reptiles for kids and beginners.
Who wouldn't want to own (and even train!) their very first dragon? Bearded dragons are at the top of our list when it comes to the best reptiles for beginners. With their placid temperaments and cuddly nature, they're a great companion for kids of all ages. Their care is relatively simple and they're very hardy little creatures who are willing to endure a bit of snuggle time exchange for plenty of crickets. Their lifespan averages 8 to 12 years, making them a great pet to grow up with.
Corn snakes are often thought of as the "starter snake." Their diminutive size makes them less of a handful (literally) than their boa counterparts. They're very clean pets for children and quite willing to be handled. Best of all, corn snakes only need to be fed once a week, making them an ideal pet for busy families.
If slow and steady is the pace of your household, red-eared sliders are the perfect addition. These turtles live around 7 years in a semi-aquatic, relatively low maintenance environment. They're quite self-sustaining and make a beautiful display piece for every member of the family to squeal and exclaim over.
Looking for an exotic companion to add to your zoo? Jackson's Chameleons are one of the easiest exotic pets for beginners. Their giant eyes, horns, and adorable hands are an instant crowd favorite, while their easy care routine gives parents a breather. They live around 5 to 10 years with appropriate care and can quickly become a much loved member of any family.
If you're in need of more fabulously scaly suggestions for a new family member, contact our experts today for tips, recommendations, and all things reptile.