Thanks. 4 of my cousins have a beardie, one of them is selling his. I had fish in my room for 5 years until they went into my little brothers room. The one main problem is that we go away too often, but my mum also hates the smell. My dad doesn't really care for animals around the house so its going to be interesting..
Yeah, I 've got to agree with Mark, I have a male beardy, just over a year old, he was my 1st reptile, and yes, they take up a lot of time, and dedication, the set up can be expensive, they need to be fed/watered daily, as well as poo picking, and the temps and light need to be on at the right times etc. HOWEVER, beardies are great first reptiles, and will give you hours of happiness and fun. I will never stop having them!
trust me, if your parents don't want an animal in the house, going out and buying it anyway will not help at all. I know this from experience
Convince them to go to the reptile shop with you, and show them the lizard you are after. Get them to speak to someone in the shop.
My mum was against me getting my geckos. i took her into the reptile shop and persuaded her, and about 4 months later she came home with her own viv and two leopard geckos. Luckily for me my mum likes animals.
I wouldn't advise to just tell your parents the good points & skip the bad ones. If you're ever ill or away on holidays, it'll probably be your parents taking care of the lizard/s so best be sure they know exactly what's involved IMO.
I must be a really bad mum.... I'm the one persuading my kids to have beardies for christmas (guess who's more excited!!!)
However on a slightly more serious note I do know that most (if not all) of the care for these reptiles will fall on me - as both my kids are still pretty young.
I was amazed when I started my research, just how much care and attention these creatures are going to need, and how much they are going to cost.
It's a huge commitment. (chances are any vet bills are gonna be huge aswell)
If all else fails try Asking for a Nintedo - I'm determined my kids won't sit around playing computer games all day - so beardies it is!!!!!!
You did say it was your cousin selling you a beardie - now that may work out well because your mum might think if it doesn't work out it can go back to the cousin - then she could fall in love with it and not want it to leave the house (happened to me LOL!) I've been guilty of smuggling snakes into the house before now - but then I'm allowed to do that I'm a mom :lol: but hubby doesn't like them.
As for the nintendo vs dragon thing - my beardie used to love watching me play on the playstation with all the fast moving action
so you could have your cake AND eat it :wink:
with leo's there isn't really any bad points except the tail falling off they dont need uv light and r relativly cheap but if u choose a lizard that has a few bad points just get a caresheet copy and paste into word then cut out the bad points thats what my cousin done for his con he just cut out the possibility it gets to 4ft lol
when i finally decided i wanted to get a snake i told my parents i was getting one, they weren't happy about it, but when i spoke about what i'd need, how to look after etc, they respected that i did all the research, plus seeing as i was paying they really didn't have much of a voice in the matter.
Remember Zack. You have to prove that you're responsible enough and that you know exactly what you're doing. It may take a little time to show how much you can take the challenge under your wing. Just remember, even when you get the lizard, you always need patience!!
a nice small gecko thats easy to look after are the Stenodactylus a couple in a viv are really comfortable, are really small with the largest sub species growing to no more the 5 inches head to tail (Stenodactylus petrii). There a really easy gecko to look after especially if ur pushed for space and are amazing to watch. However finding a breader is a bit more challanging though fingers crossed mine will soon (Stenodactylus petrii).