Often ignored or even despised, invertebrates can make excellent pets. They don’t require a large amount of space, they are typically inexpensive to feed and maintain and they can be fascinating to watch. A great pick for anyone with a taste for the unusual.
Rose hair tarantulas are a very docile species that grows to about 4-5in. Males typically only live for about 5 years, but females can live for over 15 years. They should be fed a variety of small food items like crickets and mealworms as well as the occasional pinky.
Emperor Scorpions grow to about 6in in length and live about 7 years. They can be housed in a 10g tank. Temperatures around 80 are ideal, but it is best to provide a temperature gradient. Being a tropical forest dweller, the substrate should be similar to mulch and the humidity should be high. Emperors eat only about 6 crickets per week, but it is a good idea to vary their diet on occasion as well as to gut-load.
Ivory millipedes will need 5 to 10 gallon tank with a deep mulch substrate. Being tropical, adequate heat and humidity is essential. It is best to use a heat pad to increase the temperature and an ordinary spritzer to increase humidity. They should be fed fruits and vegetables and it is a good idea to supplement their diet with calcium.
Good luck at graduate school Kyle, you’ll be missed.
In honor of Kyle’s departure, we are showing off his sweet 14g reef tank.
If you have a setup that you should like to show off (no need for it to be aquatic) send us a link to a youtube video or send us a few pics. If its nice enough to impress us we might put it on the site.