"Please make sure the lid is firmly on those locusts"
"You cannot go to bed and leave that box of meal worms on the floor....put them away!"
In all my years of motherhood, these are two sentences that I never, ever thought I would hear myself utter. Seriously, how did I get talked into this?!
Have you guessed what it is yet?
A few months ago, the lovely people over at Swell UK offered us a product to review. Knowing that they specialise in pets I was rather excited; my soon-to-be 9 year old son had been nagging repeatedly for his own pet, this could time very nicely with his upcoming birthday. What I didn't immediately realise however, was that Swell UK specialise in pond, aquarium and reptile supplies!
I promptly cast aside all thoughts of small, cute, fluffy bundles and began researching reptiles. Can you believe it? Me, Mrs House Proud and notoriously squeamish, googling 'family friendly reptiles'! Having ruled out a Corn Snake (phew) and a Bearded Dragon (too high maintenance), we plumped for a Leopard Gecko. According to experts at Swell UK, Leopard Geckos are the easiest and most suitable first (and definitely last!) reptile for a child.
The Leopard Gecko Silver Starter Kit (consisting of a 45x45x45cm glass terrarium, heat mat, natural sand, coconut hide, feeding dish, calcium dust, Leopard Gecko book) arrived within plenty of time for the big day and came complete with everything we would need. Now all I had to do was get my head around the idea of feeding this creature live insects, I had yet to even considered where we might be keeping said bugs *cringe*.
The Boy had absolutely no idea that we had finally succumbed to his constant pleas for a pet of the reptile variety. Imagine his surprise as he opened the box to reveal this....
Later on that day, we visited our local reptile shop. After much deliberation, The Boy chose a small, brightly patterned Leopard Gecko, which he later named Reggie.
Reggie has been with us for a week now and has settled into his new abode very well. I'm not sure that I will ever get used to the fact that a stash of live locusts, crickets and meal-worms is being stored in my son's toy cupboard, alongside a box of Playmobil....but you have to admit, there is a certain charm about this little fella.
Disclaimer: Our thanks go to Swell UK for supplying us with the Leopard Gecko Silver Starter Kit at a retail value of £79.99.
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