I am not a reptile person.
Creepy, crawly, slithery creatures kinda freak me out.
That being said, I was pretty proud that I kept my composure (for the most part) on a recent field trip to a pet store with the kids.
It's not your ordinary pet store.
Snakes, lizards, geckos, and even tarantulas are ALL OVER THE PLACE.
HUGE snakes and lizards - I might add.
Oh - and GIGANTIC cockroaches!
The shop owner pulled each of these creatures from the behind the safety of their glass cases for all to see and touch. Out in the open. Less than two feet away from where we were sitting.
He even put a gecko on Abby's head hoping to get a picture for the shop's facebook page. And wouldn't you know it? That gecko jumped right off of her head and landed on MY shoulder.
Yes, I yelped, and everyone had a good laugh at my expense.
Despite the incident, we've actually been back to the shop one time since then to visit this surprisingly charming little guy...
Charlie is the store's mascot. Who knew that bearded dragons were so friendly? The shop owner said that some people even sit them on the couch and watch TV with them.
We're heading over there again today to see some "beardie" hatchlings that just arrived this past week.
If the thing wasn't $200 + a pop for the dragon and set up, including UV lights, and the fact that you have to feed them 100 live crickets each week, I'd be tempted to get one for Noah's birthday in a couple of months.
What a cool mom I would be, huh?
But then again, we all know what happened last time I wanted to be a cool mom...
50 + crazy canine pounds later...
At least, a bearded dragon wouldn't need obedience school and a private trainer.
Playing along with these ladies again today -
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