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What bugs make good pets for children?

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lexcat Sun 10-Aug-08 14:15:01

DD 7 has a real thing about bugs and alwayes making pets out of ones in the garden. Was thinking of getting her a pet of some sort and felt an incest would go down better then a hamster or gerbil.
I know stick incects and cockroachs are the common ones. I was also looking at millepieds. Or are their any spiders which would be suitable.
Anyone advice I would be greatful of.

SparklyGothKat Sun 10-Aug-08 14:18:40

a corn snake. We have one and she is great. The kids love holding her and find her really interesting (especially when she sheds her skin)

lexcat Sun 10-Aug-08 14:47:09

How easy is a corn snake to look after and what is the set up costs like.

derelicte Sun 10-Aug-08 14:50:47

TBH I'd prefer the hamster to the incest.

SparklyGothKat Sun 10-Aug-08 14:54:41

very easy, you need a heated tank, a water container (for the snake to drink and to lay in) and frozen mice (about 40p each, fed once a week)
A corn snake cost about £50-80 depending on where you go. a tank is about £80. you need a heatpad (about £10) and water pool (about £8)

DartmoorMama Sun 10-Aug-08 14:55:55

how about stock insects or land snail?

mybabysinthegarden Sun 10-Aug-08 14:59:29

Big article about them in yesterday's Times (which mbitg quickly flicked past... shudder)

BigBadMousey Sun 10-Aug-08 14:59:35

Think they breed like mad Dartmoormama (it's all that incest wink) there's someonew on our local freecycle who offers babies of each every few weeks!

lexcat Sun 10-Aug-08 15:02:39

The article is the times was what got me thinking.

hennipenni Sun 10-Aug-08 15:11:08

Giant african land snails make good pets, don't take much looking after, inexpensive to feed and don't go too far if they escape!

Janni Sun 10-Aug-08 15:20:16

The headlouse is a firm favourite with many small children.

lexcat Sun 10-Aug-08 16:17:17

Like the look of the land snail as dd loves snails. Anyone what the running cost of a heatmat I would think very low but realy don't know.

hennipenni Sun 10-Aug-08 16:24:28

Not sure what the running cost of ours is but it's not that much.

lexcat Sun 10-Aug-08 17:55:04

Still thinking land snail (she's just found a snail in the garden and playing with it now).
We do have a plastic fish tank but is that any good in the winter when I'll need a heatmat.

hennipenni Sun 10-Aug-08 21:27:09

hello lexcat,
im hennipennis daughter and i have 3 giant african land snails
to answer your question, fish tanks are ideal as long as they are a reasonable size and will be fine with the heat mats as i have kept mine in them before
i actualy keep mine in a garden propergater baought from homebase and they LOVE it!
if you have anymore questions about them then check out these cool sites that i know:

if you have anymore questions you can either ask my mum or on number 2 of above get in touch with katie

i think that having a african snail would be good cuz they are amusing, educational and they even get moody witch is funny to watch!
hope this helps

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