06-14-2007, 11:10 AM
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well I think some supervision is always needed. I think a 20 gallon tank will be difficult for your child to do waterchanges on his own, but I could be mistaken. Reptiles will require the addition or a screen top, heatlamps, UV lighting, substrate, etc. Once you have it all set up though its just a matter of changing the water dish and feeding. Good starter reptiles are leopard geckos and bearded dragons. THey easily tamed and easy to care for. My personal favorite is the bearded dragon but it will outgrow a 20 and requires more lighting than the leadord gecko. But its the sweetest, most friendliest lizard ever. You could do several leopard geckos in a 20 though and they dont have as much lighting requirements since they are nocturnal and UV is moreso optional. Anyways...this si a fish forum so i'll stop, haha. If you have questions about reptiles though you can email me. I think he would enjoy a redeared slider or something though if you want to go semi-aquatic...just make sure he washes his hands after touching it.