My oldest boy is almost 9 and wants either a lizard or a frog. Originally a snake was in his plans but I am not ok with snakes or spiders; not afraid of them, but I don't want them living in my house and am not really happy with feeding baby mice to anything. No problem with crickets or bugs though, they are fair game.
Obviously, I will have to supervise his care of any animal at his age, but what is a good and easy first time pet - other than fish. I can't cart an aquarium across the country as I realized with my fresh water setup when I moved from AZ. Luckily, my mom took it.
Something that won't get huge like an Iguana, but doesn't need high maintenance and can be moved around fairly easily if need be. Since the military is picky on shipping, my plants and dogs come with me in the truck or car (tow the mustang with the truck) so I have space for a terrarium anyway (plants are on the no-ship list, haha, wouldn't think if shipping anything alive with my furniture, just to clear that up).
I have never had a reptile or amphibian as a pet so I have no idea. Some research guides and suggestions would be great. We are in no hurry to get any kind of new pet, I want to know how to take care of something well first.