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Looking for some opinions to see if this is a good idea or not. My little boy who is 13 months spends alot of his time standing at the vivs looking at the snakes. He is going through a phase just now that he just doesnt want to go into his bed and cry the place down until he is back in the living room, but he will fall asleep next to the vivs no problems. Do you guys think its acceptable to stack a couple of vivs in his room so he can see them when in his cot? or is this a terrible idea? We have tried to let him fall asleep next to them but always wakes up when we put him to bed incase anybody asks. The vivs all have locks and he cant climb out his cot.
 

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Hi guys!

Looking for some opinions to see if this is a good idea or not. My little boy who is 13 months spends alot of his time standing at the vivs looking at the snakes. He is going through a phase just now that he just doesnt want to go into his bed and cry the place down until he is back in the living room, but he will fall asleep next to the vivs no problems. Do you guys think its acceptable to stack a couple of vivs in his room so he can see them when in his cot? or is this a terrible idea? We have tried to let him fall asleep next to them but always wakes up when we put him to bed incase anybody asks. The vivs all have locks and he cant climb out his cot.

Depends on what you intend to put in them. A young corn snake, fine, a 12 ft burm maybe not such a good idea.
 

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Salmonella transference from reptiles to to people is possible and the damage to a young child that age could be very serious. Some people will predictably argue that the chance is remote. I wouldn't do it with my 13 month old. The choice however is yours.
 
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Salmonella transference from reptiles to to people is possible and the damage to a young child that age could be very serious. Some people will predictably argue that the chance is remote. I wouldn't do it with my 13 month old. The choice however is yours.
He wont be able to touch them mate. He cant get out of his cot and they will be on a stand.
 

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Some decent viv locks, and you're good to go. I don't see a problem with it really - so long as he can be trusted to not fiddle with thermostats etc.
the thermostats are ontop of the vivs mate so thats no problem and the 3 of them have decent locks on them
 

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Some decent viv locks, and you're good to go. I don't see a problem with it really - so long as he can be trusted to not fiddle with thermostats etc.

:lol2: Hes 13 months old Dan, :whistling2:
 

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He wont be able to touch them mate. He cant get out of his cot and they will be on a stand.
If the reptiles are in the child's bedroom you will have to feed them, water them and clean them out in there, regardless of whether they're locked or on a stand.
I don't think reptiles should be in a child's bedroom full stop. You asked if it's a bad idea, I think it's a bad idea. It's your decision.
 

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Being serious for a moment, I agree whit the above comment
 

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Some decent viv locks, and you're good to go. I don't see a problem with it really - so long as he can be trusted to not fiddle with thermostats etc.
:lol2: Hes 13 months old Dan, :whistling2:
This made me chuckle but in seriousness at 13 months old anything will be a new toy to him and will need fiddling with, turning, trying to get at it to play with it, if he can reach it, babies are so curious about everything around them : victory:
 

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This made me chuckle but in seriousness at 13 months old anything will be a new toy to him and will need fiddling with, turning, trying to get at it to play with it, if he can reach it, babies are so curious about everything around them : victory:
I would probably of had it I'm me mouth, between the mouthfuls of mud :blush:
 

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If the reptiles are in the child's bedroom you will have to feed them, water them and clean them out in there, regardless of whether they're locked or on a stand.
I don't think reptiles should be in a child's bedroom full stop. You asked if it's a bad idea, I think it's a bad idea. It's your decision.
You are right mate, im looking for opinions and im getting them but im just trying to eliminate the bad things. I feed them and clean them in the living room and my 3 kids play in the living room aswell. does that mean its a bad idea to keep reps in the living room aswell? Not having a go buddy and cheers for you're opinion
 

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I would probably of had it I'm me mouth, between the mouthfuls of mud :blush:
That's another thing, with babies everything, and I mean everything go in the mouth, definitely something to be aware of OP.

And with me it was mouthfuls of sand, I was the only kid not allowed in the sand pit :blush:
 

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He wont be 13 months old for long, clever clogs! :D

I see you've gotten all cheeky while I've been away Bradleyboy. Bless :flrt:
No you are correct, the terrible twos are next :lol2:


Cheeky me, shucks :blush:
 

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I work in maternity, and we've had a few parents come through who keep reps. So long as the vivs are clean and the kid isn't licking the snakes (or anything they've crapped on/slithered over) the chances of salmonella transfer are small. BUT- small is not the same as nill, and it can be very serious when they get infected.

I, personally, would say that you know your kid and your snake cleaning habits better than we do, and if you think you can keep the vivs clean enough, and your child out of them, then go for it. If you worry that your child might get up close and personal and start licking the glass (which I admit I used to do to the TV and windows when I was a little'un) then it might be worth just giving him a nice poster of some snakes or something instead. Or maybe a fish tank. ;)
 

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I work in maternity, and we've had a few parents come through who keep reps. So long as the vivs are clean and the kid isn't licking the snakes (or anything they've crapped on/slithered over) the chances of salmonella transfer are small. BUT- small is not the same as nill, and it can be very serious when they get infected.

I, personally, would say that you know your kid and your snake cleaning habits better than we do, and if you think you can keep the vivs clean enough, and your child out of them, then go for it. If you worry that your child might get up close and personal and start licking the glass (which I admit I used to do to the TV and windows when I was a little'un) then it might be worth just giving him a nice poster of some snakes or something instead. Or maybe a fish tank. ;)
When cleaning out reptiles I'm not sure how anyone is supposed to really know what is clean. You can't see salmonella, so I'm not sure how anyone's cleaning regime could be trusted to protect children, particularly young ones who are constantly putting their fingers in their mouths. In my opinion very young children should not be where reptiles are permanently housed. People do it, however, I would not risk my children's health in this way. Death and brain damage are possibilities.
 

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I work in maternity, and we've had a few parents come through who keep reps. So long as the vivs are clean and the kid isn't licking the snakes (or anything they've crapped on/slithered over) the chances of salmonella transfer are small. BUT- small is not the same as nill, and it can be very serious when they get infected.

I, personally, would say that you know your kid and your snake cleaning habits better than we do, and if you think you can keep the vivs clean enough, and your child out of them, then go for it. If you worry that your child might get up close and personal and start licking the glass (which I admit I used to do to the TV and windows when I was a little'un) then it might be worth just giving him a nice poster of some snakes or something instead. Or maybe a fish tank. ;)
Thanks. Yeah, the husbandary is good and the vivs will be on a stand so he will be too small to reach. But he never plays in his room, its just for sleeping
 
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