FLORIDA TODAY asked domestic pet experts (Pete Bandre, owner of Incredible Pets in Melbourne, John Norris, owner of Bayside Pets in Palm Bay and said Sara Lippincott, manager of shelter outreach for PetFinder.com) for tips.
...Some of the best starter pets are freshwater Japanese Betta fish and grommies, said Pete Bandre, owner of Incredible Pets in Melbourne (www.incrediblepets.com), which recently added a new aquarium section to the store.
"Those require very little care," Bandre
said."They don't have to have actively moved water."
Freshwater fish that do require filtration systems are still good pets for youngsters, though, Bandre
said, as long as Mom or Dad is willing to help clean the tanks.
Feeding freshwater fish and sliding your finger up and down the glass might seen fun to a young child, but might not be too exciting for a pre-teen or teenager, however.
says small lizards are good for kids ages 6 to 9, and snakes are better for teens and pre-teens.
"It depends on what their interests are," Bandre
At Incredible Pets
, South American monkeys are usually in stock, Bandre
said, but folks should only consider them as a pet if they're willing to keep them for 15 years or longer and give them as much attention as they would a child.
"You really have to entertain them and make sure they have a certain amount of socialization," Bandre
Plus, the rarer the animal, the more expensive.