Was going to keep some one time but read this.
They are not easy to care of, not great for handling, and in addition they often do harbor Salmonella bacteria which can be passed to the children.
Im well informed. I have had an extensive amount of reptiles/amphibians ranging from Snapping turtles, Soft shells, Red Eared Sliders and Mud Turtles. As well as several dozen species of snakes, Salamanders and lizards.