Reptiles are among the most difficult exotic pets one can have. They need a lot of care, time and money. Depending on the breed they need adequate temperature and light control.
Taking in a reptile for a pert is a big decision and should be taught through completely before you go and get yourself one.
Kids may hanker for a reptile as pet, but by no means are they equipped to be able to take care of them on their own. A reptile may come in cheap, but will need a lot of things to be able to live comfortably.
Just the initial cost may be 10 times or more than the price you buy it for. Reptiles need proper enclosures that are big enough to accommodate them when they reach their adult size.
A reptile will need constant temperature monitoring and one may end up adjusting the thermostat every day. Some reptiles need lights all day long, some in short bursts and others may not find lighting comfortable.
This would mean a lot of time and money as you will need to pay the energy bills.
Feeding reptiles is a challenge that may unnerve many. You may need to feed them rats, mice, worms, mealworms, crickets and the like.
Most will need to be fed live game, so not only will you have to take care of the reptile but also house the food.
You may even have to kill (kingworms especially) prey just before you feed them to the reptile. You may like to use dead prey but in that case you will need to store the frozen prey in the refrigerator. The routine usually involves plenty of dead mice, rats and even whole rabbits.
If this sounds difficult, the vegetarian reptiles can be tougher as they not only need extreme care with the temperatures but also need special vegetables and nuts.
You will also have to look for a veterinarian who is trained to take care of your chosen reptile. A reptile entitles a lot of responsibilities and due thought should be given before you get one for your child or let your spouse buy one for them.