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RE: Sanitary with kids?

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Posted by: geckoman2003 at Mon Dec 29 10:47:54 2003  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by geckoman2003 ]  
   

You bring up a good question. I have not done any research on this topic. However, about ten years ago I was the store manager of one of central IL's best localy owned pet stores. We carried a lot of reptiles and many other pets. We also supplied many of our local teachers with class room pets and supplies. As a part of that, I did a lot of in room reptile talks. I gave a previsit check list to the teachers. This checklist told about propper hand washing before and after handling (lets not forget that we can give something to our herps). I did these demos for about 6 years and never had a report of a sick child afterwords.
I have also had reptiles for over 25 years myself. I now have a 3 yr old daughter and a baby due in January. My wife had this fear when our little girl was born. I told her that the chances were low. Now my biggest probblem is keeping my little girl out of the cages. I keep my cages very clean. I also never was any herp related items in sinks or bath tubs that are used by us. I keep hand sanitizer in the herp room. I also keep the herps in there. We always wash our hands with hot soapy water afterwards.
I believe if you follow these steps, your risk are low. However anything is possible. I would also sick with CB herps as I believe the risk is less. But these are just my opions!


   

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