If you have children, you will probably have had discussions about their wish for a pet. Maybe you budged and already own a dog, cat, guinea pig or suchlike. Pets are great to have, if you as parents are into them as well, but what if you aren’t? My daughter for example owned rabbits and although cute, I would never get any rabbits again. My daughter was too young to really take care of them, so it was up to me and my wife to look after them – and boy do they produce a lot of round little pellets.
So personally, I would definitely prefer my children to own crested geckos for example. They are confined to a relatively small cage, don’t smell and don’t make any (or little) noise.
But are they really a good pet for children? The answer, in my opinion, is that it depends on the age of your children. Crested geckos certainly are not the ideal pet for young children. Children generally want to own a pet that they can handle, and, although crested geckos can be handled (as opposed to many other lizards or geckos) they are quite fragile and should not be handled every day. In addition, crested geckos are nocturnal, so your children will generally not see much of them during the day, which may frustrate them. Lastly, crested geckos’ excrement may contain salmonella, which can lead to serious illness, particularly if children contract it. If you leave the care of the crested geckos to your children, can you be sure that they wash their hands after handling the geckos or their habitat? Salmonella may be perceived to be a minor risk, but do you want to run that risk?
So, in essence, I would not recommend crested geckos as children’s pets. If your children like geckos (as I did as a little boy) and are really keen to keep them, you should consider yourself as the main keeper and only allow your children access to the crested gecko cage under your supervision. If you are considering crested geckos as pets, you will have to enjoy keeping them as much as your children want to have them now!
Keeping pets is a huge responsibility and should be taken seriously, so carefully consider buying crested geckos for your kids. A rabbit may be the better choice after all…