Saturday, April 9, 2011

This Is a Public Service Announcement--With Crickets

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.


  1. Oh, wow. Very good advice, thanks!

    Have you at least gotten to name them? That would be fun...

  2. I am *so* with you on this one. I wouldn't even want to touch the darn thing. No offense to lizard-reptile lovers. I appreciate them, I just don't want to touch them.

  3. Oh no...this episode tale reminds me when I begged my mother to have a stick-insect as a pet aftering learning about them. She wasn't keen on the idea at all. They can grow quite big and they look like twigs. It lived in a glass jar which had holes cut in the lid. Fortuately for her I left the jar with the insect in the belief that it would appreciate the sunshine....but it cooked instead :-(