Big Bugs as Pets

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Did you know big insects make great pets? Insects are very easy to care for, they are extremely low-maintenance, and they never throw up on your shoes. Caring for a big bug also entails a lot of adventures. You learn about what it loves to eat; find out how they protect themselves; and see them grow, lay eggs, etc. In today’s post, we are listing down practical tips and other factors to consider when keeping insects as pets.

Food and Survival

Don’t keep an insect as a pet only to let it die because you didn’t feed it with the right food! One of the first things to learn when caring for an inset is what it eats and how it thrives in the world. For example, certain types of caterpillars will only eat a specific kind of plant. If you don’t feed it with the right plant, your pet will starve to death.

Predator or Herbivore?

To determine what food to feed your pet, you have to learn if the insect is a predator or if it’s a herbivore. A predatory insect will eat smaller insects; herbivores will only eat plants. You can do your own research to find out what sort of insect you have. You can also inspect the body of the pet to determine whether it’s predatory or not. Predator insects have larger jaws, large eyes, and they move very fast. Herbivores, on the other hand, have smaller eyes and mouth. They also move slowly.

Home and Cleanliness

Keeping a pet isn’t complete without building a home for the animal. The same thing goes for insects. Insects are best kept in aquarium or plastic terrarium. The container has to be sealed so the insect does not get out. But it should also feature vents for air circulation.

Always clean your pet’s cage several times every week. Insect droppings could make the cage smelly and cause sickness to your pet. Keep your pet’s home away from direct sunlight. Most insects will die from extreme heat. A shaded area is the best place to keep your insect’s home.

Add several sticks, dried leaves, and rocks to simulate its natural surroundings. These will also serve as added shelter for the insect. But don’t overcrowd its home too. You want to give your pet enough room to grow and explore.

Caring For Insects

Just like reptiles and some marine creatures, certain types of insects shed their outer skin. This process is called molting. Molting is the most critical part of an insect’s life because they are extremely vulnerable during this time. Do not disturb or touch the insect when it sheds its skin.

In addition, if you keep other pets like cats or dogs, make sure to keep the insect away from them. The same thing goes if you have little brothers or children. They might tip over the insect’s home and let your pet loose.

Finally, never leave insect sprays, repellants, or fly traps where you keep your pet. These chemicals might kill the insect.