One of the things I dread about having kids is finding frogs and a reptile or two in their pocket. We went to buy bird seed and sprays for our budgies/parakeets last weekend and as we were paying for our purchases I had been completely oblivious to the cashier's exotic arm band. Until my husband asked to hold it, the arm band just happened to be a small boa constrictor contentedly wrapped on her arm (which it probably thought was a tree branch of sorts). When the cashier handed the snake to my husband, at first it shied away then it wrapped itself around his arm and settled in.
Apparently the snake was getting too big for its cage and no one wanted to buy it and take it home - understandably so. She went on to say that its diet now consisted of live rats. Snakes and rats!?! Now I know why no one is buying it. My one worry was the fascination in my husband's eyes. He actually wanted me to pet it - me, who skips over the reptile pictures in books because I find them really scary! I stepped away and said no.
My hubby tried to remind me that we did talk about having a pet snake - and I told him that all I remembered agreeing to (ever so reluctantly) was an iguana - and he had to promise to keep it well away from me. The cashier was very amused. My husband loves animals and he had had pet snakes before. Now if you have a dad like that, you're almost guaranteed kids who love pet reptiles, right?
I think that's where I draw the line, get a nice dog - even a big dog - just do not bring home frogs or snakes. I think my husband was more amused by my reaction than by the actual boa constrictor - but he respects me enough to not get one without asking me first. Would you let your kids have pet snakes? Why and why not? Post your opinion in the comments section, please:)