As kids, we were allowed to have a pet if it was very small, didn’t require too much upkeep, and had a short lifespan. At first, my brother and I were host to chameleons – tiny little lizards which came from the pet shop with chains attached around their necks and a pin so you could attach them to your shirt! I don’t remember them changing colour at all, but they did eat live mealworms, which was a cool thing to watch. Perhaps we overfed them or maybe we played with them too much, because they never lived very long. Fortunately, this rather barbaric way of packaging creatures is no longer permitted.