Kid Friendly Reptiles

Want to buy a reptile to become part of your family?
What reptiles would suit young families best?
I visited the coolest place on Long Island to seek the answers to these questions.


According to Jungle Bob from Jungle Bob’s Reptile World these are the best reptiles for kids ages 3 and up.

Russian Tortoises

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The Russian Tortoise is the perfect pet for ALL families.

They are easy to have as a pet and they are super friendly.

Look at these little faces they are so adorable!

What they eat: Tortoises are herbivores so they feed on green leaf vegetables and some fruits.

Growth:they are sold once they are 4 inches in length. They grow to be about 7 to 8 inches long.

Lifespan: 50 years to over 100 years old

Price: $129.00/ tortoise

* The tank you buy for these little guys is the tank you will keep. No need to get a bigger tank.*

Tortoises shown in tank below.


Bearded Dragon


These guys are so cute and super friendly! I love them and could play with them all day.

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A bearded dragon will not bite and is so cool to have.

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What they eat:  Bearded dragons are omnivores so they eat crickets, worms, insects and veggies.

Here is a picture of one of the babies eating a cricket in the picture below.


Growth:  They grow to be about 18 inches long and for your adult size bearded dragon you will end up with a 40 gallon tank.

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Lifespan: 15 to 20 years

Price: starting at $69.99

They are very hygienic and when you clean up their poop you will use a cute little pooper scooper.


EXCLUSIVELY SOLD AT JUNGLE BOB’S and thought of and brought to life by their own Safari Susi is the Beardie Bag. Bring your Bearded Dragon with you wherever you go!


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Watch the Howcast video of the Bearded Dragon below:

Leopard Gecko

Another great lizard for your family! They have a little more energy than the Bearded Dragon.

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What they eat:  Leopard Geckos eat strictly insects. They like mealworms, crickets and insects.

Growth: They stay small and the only tank you will buy is a 10 gallon tank for their lifespan.

*They are easy to clean up after*

Lifespan: about 15 years 

Price: from $39.99

Watch Jungle Bob with the Leopard Gecko in the Howcast video below:

Ball Python:

The best snake for young families. I loved this snake so much and when we get a snake in the future this is the one I will be adding to our family.


There are all types of Ball Pythons in colors and sizes. Above Jungle Bob and I are holding a piebald python they are easy to handle and are beautiful to look at.

What makes it a piebald is its varying patches of white (seen by the tail in the picture below).


Pictured below is a normal Ball Python

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What they eat:  Ball Pythons as babies will eat small mice and as they grow they will eventually eat large mice or a small rat.

You only have to feed a snake once a week so they generally only poop once a week. Easy to clean up after!

Growth: they reach their full size in about 3 to 4 years

Lifespan: 20+ years

Price: from $39.99

Corn Snakes

Another easy snake to have for beginners!

They are beautiful to look at and they come in different colors. They have a little more energy than the Ball Python but are a great pet as well.


What they eat:  Corn Snakes as babies will eat small mice and as they grow they will eventually eat large mice or a small rat. (Just like the Ball Python)

You only have to feed a snake once a week so they generally only poop once a week. Easy to clean up after!

Growth: they reach their full size in about 3 to 4 years


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Lifespan: 20+ years

Price: from $40.00

At Jungle Bob’s they will be able to tell you if you are buying a male or female and the staff is very knowledgeable and will answer any questions you may have.

I highly recommend Jungle Bob’s Reptile World and so will you. Their staff is so friendly and knowledgeable. They truly love the reptiles and keep the store super clean.

There is no where else to go for a reptile family member than Jungle Bob’s Reptile World in Centereach!

Bob is pictured below in the center with his two son’s Tyler (on left) and Dylan (on right). They are passionate and full of knowledge. I love a family business and these men are doing a great job!


Jungle Bob’s Reptile World


Located at:

2536 Middle Country Rd  Centereach, NY 11720


(631) 737-6474

Website —–> click here

Stop in and see all the amazing reptiles under one roof. A Momee Friends of Long Island Favorite!

Bring the whole family down to Jungle Bob’s… my 7 month old loves it here. She is a baby gone wild with that adorable lizard hanging out on her stroller ; )


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5 thoughts on “Kid Friendly Reptiles

  1. Thanks for this article of kid-friendly reptiles! When I was in high school, I had a friend who had a bearded dragon and I saw it whenever I visited her place. She was so adorable and we loved her to death. So when I saw that bearded dragons were mentioned on this list, I was so happy. I had no idea that bearded dragons could live 15 years! Perhaps I’ll look into getting a bearded dragon for whenever I have a kid.

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