4. Snakes...

Although many parents are instantly repulsed by the mere thought of a snake, snakes can actually make excellent pets for older children. Small snakes are unlikely to cause harm even if they do bite, and well-socialized snakes bond strongly with their owners. Even better, snakes require very little maintenance and many snakes only need to be fed once every few weeks.

While many parents are concerned about the idea of feeding snakes mice and other live foods, most snake experts now advise feeding pre-killed frozen food, which means feeding your child's snake is no more gross than feeding a dog. Especially for parents who are put off by cat litter boxes, wee wee pads for dogs, and the numerous other "inconveniences" that come along with dogs and cats, a snake can make an ideal pet.

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