Do you have a child who has been begging for a pet but someone in your family is allergic to pet hair and dander? Have you been trying to come up with an idea that will satisfy your child without having to cause an allergic reaction in the family member with the allergy? Sometimes, it's just not possible to be able to be able to make everyone happy. On the other hand, there are ways to compromise without endangering anyone's health. One way is by allowing your child to get a reptile, such as a lizard or a turtle, as a pet. If you're dubious about this possibility, here are some reasons why you should at least give the matter more consideration:
Lack of allergens: Because lizards and other reptiles for sale have no fur, there is a good chance that the person who has the allergies is not going to be allergic to any reptiles that are purchased as pets. Although technically not hypoallergenic, this lack of typical allergens means that various reptiles may be considered to be virtually allergen-free by most people. It's still a good idea for the person who has allergies to get tested just in case, but there is a good chance that there will be no allergy issues with having such a pet.
Easy to care for: Unlike dogs, a reptile doesn't need to be taken out for a walk every day. Unlike cats, there is no massive litter box that needs to be cleaned out on a regular basis. The various reptiles for sale will still need to be cared for, but the care is more similar to caring for something like a hamster or a guinea pig than the amount of work that has to go into caring for a cat or a dog.
Vegetarian diets: If you're hesitating about the possibility of getting a reptile because snakes need to eat rodents, you should definitely reconsider. There are many reptiles for sale that are vegetarian or that may want small amounts of hamburger or chicken in addition to their mostly vegetarian diet. Some people find that lizards that eat crickets and other insects instead of meat are an even better option for them. Whatever your desire, make sure that you research the diet of any reptile that you're considering purchasing in order to make sure that it will fit with the lifestyle of you and your family.
Contact a pet store, like Snakes at Sunset, for more help.