I've finally got the go ahead to get a small critter (from the boss, aka mom lol). I'm trying to find something that can be handled/tamed (maybe to ride around being held or on a shoulder - just for an example). I'm not a big fan of pets that you can just watch - like fish. Mom's criteria is that it not have tails (like rats), and something that is not very escape prone. No bugs, no snakes, no spiders. I'm leaning right now to a tortoise, or a gecko, or perhaps a beardie. If anyone could share some personal experiences, or other pets I am forgetting, please let me know! Thanks!