From the May 2015 issue

The Pros and Cons of Some of the Most Popular Exotic Pets for Kids

Thinking of expanding your family with mice, snakes or geckos? A local pet store owner weighs in on the pros and cons of exotic pets; plus things for families to consider before purchasing.

Jackson, age 5 at the time this article was reported, didn’t care much for the family dog. But when he went over to a friend’s house he became enthralled with their pair of turtles, Snappy and Shelly, who’d bask on a rock beneath their heat lamp or swim circles in their aquarium. When these friends mentioned they needed to find a new home for the turtles, Christina Dobbs, Jackson’s mom, jumped at the chance.