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Teacher's Guide to Classroom Pets

Reptiles for the classroom

Bearded Dragons

A Bearded Dragon's "beard" is actually the darker colored, spiny skin under the throat that puffs up when the dragon is excited. Teaching bonus: Did you know that Bearded Dragons may “wave” their front arm to communicate!

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How Big Lives to be Eats Experience Level
24" 10+ years "Gut-loaded" crickets, worms, veggies Beginner - Intermediate

Leopard Geckos

Leopard Geckos differ from most other Geckos in that they lack adhesive lamellae, preventing them from being able to walk up vertical surfaces. Leopard Geckos also have outer ears and eyelids that make them distinct from most other Geckos.

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How Big Lives to be Eats Experience Level
10" 15+ years "Gut-loaded" crickets, worms Beginner - Intermediate

Turtles

Looking for a quiet pet for your classroom? Certainly, Turtles fit the bill to a 'T'! Students will be interested to learn that a terrarium for a red-eared slider Turtle should be divided into two sections, watery and dry. The dry section lets your pet warm up under a heat lamp after a swim. Adding décor to the habitat will also be a fun learning experience for your class.

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7 - 11" 30 + years Crickets, worms, goldfish, veggies, canned food, pellets Beginner

Snakes

Among other qualities, Snakes can provide a good lesson in basic genetics. In one just one Snake species, the Corn, you'll see four distinct colors. Because these reptiles like to climb, they'll need an escape-proof cage. In handling your class's pet Snake—and letting the kids join in—you can help children ease their fear of Snakes and reptiles in general.

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24 - 72" 15 - 35 years Frozen mice or rats Beginner - Intermediate

PetSmart Vet Assured

Pets purchased at PetSmart are part of our exclusive Vet Assured program; a program designed by PetSmart veterinarians to help improve the health and well-being of our pets.

The program includes:

  • Specific standards our vendors agree to meet in caring for and observing pets for common illnesses.
  • Specific standards for in-store pet care.
  • The PetSmart Promise: If your pet becomes ill during the initial 14-day period, or if you're not satisfied for any reason, PetSmart will gladly replace the pet or refund the purchase price.