Originally posted by Samba
Personally, I think a nice tortoise would fit into this situation. Many people who dislike reptiles in general often are open to turtles and tortoises. Tortoises also eat primarily vegetation, and easily cared for. A tortoise can become a lifelong friend if cared for properly.
I would definitely have to disagree with that one. While they are soooooo cute and just a joy to keep, they are animals with an incredible lifespan, easily outliving their owners with the proper care. The choice to own one should be a carefully made decision by the person who will be caring for it for the rest of their life - and to make that decision one must be mature and have an idea what they intend to do with their life, and that a tortoise fits in to that.