Bugs As Pets

Pet bugs can be fascinating and entertaining. They are quiet and clean, and they don't require a lot of space or attention. There are several species that make good pets. However, if there are children in the home, caution has to be practiced. Most pet bugs are too fragile to be handled. It's also important to choose species that are not very venomous.

A good choice for beginners is the hissing cockroach. These bugs are easy to care for, they are not venomous and they don't stink. They are sturdy, docile, and wingless. The hissing cockroach can be kept in an aquarium with plenty of sticks. Learn more about the care of a hissing cockroach.

There are many other choices for pet bugs. An ant farm is an example of pet bugs that don't require handling at all. Other choices include caterpillars, beetles, and stick and leaf insects. There are over 2,500 species of stick and leaf insects. These bugs closely resemble sticks or leaves and rely on camouflage for their safety. They are a simple and inexpensive choice. They are tame, but very fragile. Learn more about stick bugs as pets.

Tarantulas are often chosen by people who want to have a unique pet. There are over 800 species of tarantulas. Some of the best species for beginners are Chilean Rose, the Mexican Redleg, and the Costa Rican Zebra. Pet tarantulas sometimes bite, and their bites are venomous. The biggest danger is an allergic reaction, similar to the way some people react to a bee sting. Females are usually a better choice than males, because they tend to live longer. Female tarantulas can live as long as 20 years. Learn more about keeping tarantulas as pets.

For information on how to keep many different kinds of bugs in captivity, visit Pet Bugs.

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