The easiest pet for a child is a gecko or leopard gecko or bearded dragon or even a tortoise.
Cats and small dogs can also be easy pets for some children or even a hamster or goldfish.
Geckos are not expensive to keep and aside from vet visits the gecko or leopard gecko can cost as little as $20.00 to $30.00 per month to keep.
The best gecko for beginners is the leopard gecko as they require very minimal care.
Leopard geckos don't need a lot of care although they sometimes need a bath once per month or when they get dirty and they need to be fed live insects every few days.
And you have to make sure the leopard gecko has enough water and a heat lamp and you clean their tank often enough.
Leopard geckos don't like being held or handled although they will tolerate it.
Leopard geckos do need a heat lamp to maintain and regulate their bod temperature.
Without a heat lamp the leopard gecko could get too cold and could die so make sure you have and use a heat lamp with a leopard gecko.
Leopard geckos are not loud although leopard geckos sometimes make screaming noises or chirps, barks and squeaks but leopard geckos are relatively quiet and not very vocal.
Leopard geckos are very easy to take care of and even an 8 year old child can take care of the leopard gecko and they are also very gentle.
Leopard Geckos require minimal care and are one of the easiest pets to take care of.
The best beginner gecko is the Leopard Gecko as they are easy to care for and are a great gecko that is even good for kids 8 years of age or above.
Leopard geckos average in size of 9 inches long and they are easy to handle and have gentle disposition and they come in a variety of colors eye colors and patterns.
Leopard Geckos also come in the color of red.
Once you bring your leopard gecko home it can take 2 weeks for the leopard gecko to begin getting used to you and it may take a month or 2 months for the leopard gecko to get fully used to you.
Leopard geckos do bond with their owns and even feel emotion.
The leopard gecko can be very affectionate and lovable to their owners once they get to know you.
When you first get a leopard gecko and bring it home you should keep the leopard gecko in it's tank and habitat for at least 2 weeks without touching it or handling it to allow it time to get used to you and it's surroundings.
Make sure it eats enough insects and has enough water but avoid touching the gecko until 2 weeks have passed.
You should wait at least 2 weeks to handle your leopard gecko after bringing it home.
The leopard gecko needs at least 2 weeks to get used to their surroundings and settle into their new home before you handle it so you don't cause it additional stress.
To play with a leopard gecko you can setup an obstacle course for the leopard gecko to crawl through or over and climb.
Also, introduce “toys” for your leopard gecko to play with during these sessions.
Playing with your leopard gecko is a fun experience for both of you.
You can play with your leopard gecko although you should not handle them everyday.
You should only handle and play with your leopard gecko every other day as they don't like being handled or played with all the time.
Leopard geckos don't like to be pet on the head although they do tolerate it.
The monthly cost for caring for a leopard gecko is around $30.00 to $40.00 per month.
Once you have bought the container, heating equipment and basic furniture (food and water bowls, hides) the monthly cost of keeping a leopard gecko is fairly small.
Some people also get pet insurance for their leopard gecko but it's not required.
You can take your leopard gecko outside but they should stay in grassy areas and be on a leash to prevent them from escaping.
Avoid taking the leopard gecko outside when it's too hot or too cold outside.
Leopard geckos do need a heat lamp and light source in the tank to simulate the light and temperature differences that occur between day and night.
Without both the heat lamp and light the leopard gecko can and will get too cold and will be unable to maintain correct body temperature.
When your leopard gecko is glass surfing it is because they are either cold, hungry, bored or are just exploring their environment around them.
Leopard geckos also tend to glass surf when they are trying to get away from mites or other geckos in the enclosure that could be irritating them.
You can put a leash on a leopard gecko and take the leopard gecko for a walk on a leash.
You can buy leashes that are made for and sized for leopard geckos.
You can handle a leopard gecko every other day and no longer than 20 minutes per day.
Adult leopard geckos need to eat 2 to 3 times per week and not everyday.
Non adult leopard geckos should eat everyday or every 2 days and adult leopard geckos can eat 2 to 3 times per week.
You should wash or bathe your leopard gecko if it's really dirty or they are having difficulty shedding.
Although you should avoid washing the leopard gecko more than once per month.
For a leopard gecko you need at least a 10 gallon size tank for a single leopard gecko although a 20 gallon tank is better.
Your leopard gecko is wagging his tail as a way to communicate feelings and reactions to their environment.
Leopard geckos wag their tails for arousal, stress, aggression and excitement.
Leopard Geckos are better pets than a bearded dragon for older people who are away during the day.
The cons of having a leopard gecko are they could potentially make you sick, color morphs can be expensive, they are not as active as other reptiles and tail dropping.
Other cons of leopard geckos are they are not likely to seek out or return affection although they sometimes enjoy being held.
Things you should put in a Leopard Gecko tank are substrate, a heating device and places to hide and water and food dishes, a thermometer and hydrometer.
You should also put in tiles, reptile carpet or slates, stones, sand mats, excavator clay or you could use newspaper or paper towels.
You can house other reptiles with a leopard gecko such as small frogs and turtles and even female leopard geckos can be housed with other female leopard geckos but males and female leopard geckos should not cohabitate or be housed together.
Although you should not house large frogs or large toads or other types of lizards with a leopard gecko.
The best age to get a leopard gecko is when the child is at least 12 years old or older.
A leopard gecko could be left alone for at least a week if they have enough food and water although it's best to have someone check in on them if you're gonna be gone longer than a few days.
Leopard Geckos make very good pets as they are small and have very little care requirements which makes them easy to care for.
Also leopard geckos can be left alone for several days without worry and they are also quiet and don't smell or need lots of attention.
A leopard Gecko is not very expensive and most leopard geckos cost between $30.00 to $100.00 and at most pet stores they are usually no more than $50.00 for a leopard Gecko.
To keep a leopard gecko, you should budget for around 20 pounds (thirty dollars) a month, having spent an initial amount of between 200 and 300 pounds (three to five hundred dollars).
When keeping a leopard Gecko you should also allow for having to replace items whenever they get damaged or show signs of wear.
The friendliest lizard is the Bearded Dragon Lizard.
Other lizards that are the friendliest lizards are the Black and White Tegu Lizard and the Leopard Gecko Lizard.
The best lizard to handle is the bearded dragon and the Argentine Black and White Tegu Lizard.
The cheapest lizard to own is the Green Anoles lizard which are small and around 5 to 8 inches long and also have a lifespan of around 3 to 6 years.