If your child bursts through the door after school and asks if s/he can adopt a lizard ("anole") after their class is done studying them, politely but firmly decline the offer. If you are wavering--after all, how much trouble can lizards be?--ask yourself the following questions:
1. Do I enjoy driving to the pet store every single week to buy live crickets (lizard food; $2.70/wk)?
2. Do I like the sound of crickets chirping in my house.....constantly?
3. Do I enjoy arranging for care for one more pet when we go on vacation?
4. Is $120+ for the cage and accessories a good way to spend my money?
If your answer is "no" to any of the above, make sure any other adult in the house sees this list before saying "yes" without consulting you.