Mid- I have always wanted a ferret since I was in high school, but have heard they can be a right pain to look after. Vega74 - argh! but I have that one sussed!! My oldest child is 12, my next child to turn ten (and therefore pick a pet) is 6. So therefore he has 4 years until he gets to pick, that will make my daughter 16, 16 year olds live at their friends houses so therefore will open up more space to have more animals!!!! (Do you reckon that would slide with most people?!?o) Tedmunds - Thanks for the welcome. I also don't think having a snake will happen for me in the very near future. I do family day care and the children's parents have told me they will pull their children if I get a snake. But maybe one day!