Top 10 Pests to keep as Pets
18 Jan 2016
If dogs and cats are not your thing, you might want to consider getting and insect or arachnid as a pet. They take up a lot less room, they cost less to feed, and you don’t have to worry about allergens like pet hair or dander. You and your family will be able to spend hours watching your bug eat, go through metamorphosis, or attack prey. Here are ten pests that you might enjoy.
Ant farms are fascinating. You can watch as the colony works and cooperatively builds a network of tunnels and corridors. Feeding them is easy; all you need is a bit of fruit, vegetable scraps and bird seed.
With lifespans reaching up to 8 years, you can count on a scorpion to give you plenty of entertainment. All you need is a terrarium with plenty of places where your new pet scorpion can burrow. You might not be able the pet or cuddle with this critter, but you can watch as it stalks and attacks prey.
Like scorpions, centipedes are carnivorous. They have front legs that have developed into venom wielding claws. You can keep them in a terrarium and feed them live crickets.
If you do not want bugs that sting inside of your home, millipedes are the way to go. They are easy to maintain and do well in groups. Since they are herbivorous, you can feed them vegetable scraps.
If you have never had a chance to watch a caterpillar change into a butterfly, you are missing out on a spectacular phenomenon. All you need is milkweed. If you do not have any, you can buy some to plant in your yard. Monarch butterfly caterpillars feed on milkweeds. If you have some in your yard, they will find it.
They are big, hairy and not for anyone who suffers from arachnophobia. Tarantulas are one of the most common terrarium pet. They are easy to maintain and feeding time will always be enjoyable to watch.
Walking sticks or stick insects are popular because they do not require much maintenance. They are a popular classroom pet. If you mimic the humidity and temperature of their natural environment, you will have a long lasting pet.
Giant Hissing Cockroaches:
The name cockroach might give you the chills, but the giant hissing cockroach is nothing like the nasty creatures that infest homes. The giant hissing cockroach thrives on vegetables. If you are careful, you can handle them.
Watching a praying mantis attack and eat makes you realize how nasty and fascinating nature can be. You can find a praying mantis outside and transfer it to a terrarium. Make certain you give them plenty of things to climb upon. Crickets are an excellent meal.
Backyard honey bees are gaining popularity throughout America. Not only are they fun to watch, but bees will liven up your flowers, you will be able to collect their honey. Unlike some of the other insect pets, bees will take more work, but when compared to a cat or dog, they are still a low maintenance pet.
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