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Are snakes a good choice for kids with allergies?
4 doctors weighed in

Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends
The aap (american academy of pediatrics) and cdc (center for disease control) do not recommend reptiles in the home with children under 5 years of age or in homes with people who have weakened immune systems to prevent the spread of salmonella.
Over 5 years old, is debatable. However, regardless, always wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after contact with reptiles (or any animal).

In brief: Depends
The aap (american academy of pediatrics) and cdc (center for disease control) do not recommend reptiles in the home with children under 5 years of age or in homes with people who have weakened immune systems to prevent the spread of salmonella.
Over 5 years old, is debatable. However, regardless, always wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after contact with reptiles (or any animal).
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Snakes do not aggravate allergies.
Many people enjoy keeping reptiles as pets. But exotic pets such as snakes are not for everyone; they usually live about 20 years, are expert at escaping, and have specific feeding requirements. Your pet store can help you select a captive bred pet. Constricting snakes and venomous snakes are far too dangerous to keep as pets.

In brief: Yes
Snakes do not aggravate allergies.
Many people enjoy keeping reptiles as pets. But exotic pets such as snakes are not for everyone; they usually live about 20 years, are expert at escaping, and have specific feeding requirements. Your pet store can help you select a captive bred pet. Constricting snakes and venomous snakes are far too dangerous to keep as pets.
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Dr. Sarah Kohl
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In brief: No
They are not really pettable, and they may be carriers of salmonella.
Their feeding behaviors do not exactly provide a child-friendly experience, either.

In brief: No
They are not really pettable, and they may be carriers of salmonella.
Their feeding behaviors do not exactly provide a child-friendly experience, either.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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