Rabbits are on this list because they are commonly kept as family pets. However, they actually are not an ideal choice of pet for a young child. Rabbits are delicate and very easily frightened, so they require gentle handling that may be beyond many children. They may also require significant “rabbit-proofing” of your home, because rabbits love to chew on anything they can get their teeth on. For more information on rabbit care, read our ” 12 Tips for a Healthy Rabbit.”
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The image of snake ownership that many people may have in their minds is of large, intimidating boas and pythons whose owners feed them rabbits in their enormous enclosures. While that’s certainly an option open to you, the much more manageable corn snake is one of the most popular kind of snakes kept as a pet, and they make a good “starter pet” for kids interested in snakes. It’s important to know you will need to buy mice or rats to feed this snake, so make sure that’s something your child is OK with.