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Do Tell: Have You Owned "Exotic Pets" As a Child?

Do Tell: Have You Owned "Exotic Pets" As a Child?

Now a hamster's hardly an exotic pet in my mind but, according to a recent report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, children under the age of five shouldn't own any exotic animals – including those furry rodents!

Turns out lizards, tiny turtles, lil chicks, and even hamsters can transmit Salmonella to kiddies. Now, it's hard for me to figure out where the "under five" comes in, but the study says it's due in part to the fact that they often touch animals then touch their mouths, kiss creatures, or don't wash their hands after coming in contact with the pets. Granted adults are usually more careful about cleanliness – though, admittedly I don't run to the bathroom every time I pet North – but I imagine these pets are still fairly common in families with human children?

Many of you already shared the pets present in your elementary classrooms. Did you ever come in contact with these creatures either at school or home?


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