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Old 06-03-03, 03:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It depends on the child and type of handling. You can start the smaller children (2-3 years old) off by holding their hand and petting the reptile with it and graduate from there. Some kids are easier and listen better than others, some kids are just grabby no matter what. As Andrea mentioned, the handwashing is extremely important, those kids love to stick their fingers in their nose, eyes, and mouth... and it just takes one little bit of bacteria to give a kid salmonella. Also, the really nervous kids you will need to watch when letting them hold an animal on their own, if the snake (balls are especially bad for this) make a sudden head movemnt or jerk their bodies the kid may drop, or worse, thoss the little guy.
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