The Creepiest of the Crawlies

A look at unusual exotic pets

Apart from our friend the tarantula, there are several unusual creatures which people may decide to love and care for; below we take a look at some of the more 'creepy' of the crawlies:

Hissing Cockroaches

Loathed my the majority of the human race, the cockroach has an appalling reputation and will be avoided at all costs, but the Madagascar hissing cockroach makes an ideal pet for those wanting an easy-to-care-for unusual pet. These creatures can grow up to 3 inches long and 1 inch wide and have a life expectancy of up to 5 years.

Giant African Land Snails

These giant snails can reach up to a foot long once they have reached maturity and are another exotic pet which would only appeal to certain people. They have a reasonably long life-span, reaching ages between 7 and 10 years and are quite easy to keep as pets as they will eat most fruit and vegetables.

Emperor Scorpions

Not the most sociable of pets, but still very popular is the Emperor Scorpion which despite its aggressive appearance is a quiet and undemanding pet. Full grown Emperor Scorpions will grow to approx. 6 inches in length and can live for up to 8 years if kept in suitable conditions. Most captive ones are happy to be fed on a diet of crickets, mealworm and moths.

Giant Millipedes

Another pet which could have many shivering is the giant millipede, with between 100 - 400 legs, they certainly do not appeal to everyone. These pets can grow up to 10 inches in length and can live for up to 10 years. Their diet of soft fruit and vegetables makes them uncomplicated to look after and they can be easily handled.

Giant Bullfrogs

Certainly not a pet for the faint hearted, as these creatures can grow to over 10 inches, weighing in excess of 4 pounds and can live up to 35 years of age. Needing a warm and damp environment, these pets can be quite entertaining and should be fed on a range of insects, such as crickets, mealworm and small rodents or amphibians.

Stick Insects

Many keepers of stick insects will show friends their pets only to be asked "Where are they?" excellent at camouflage, these insects can (and will) hide amongst branches and can be quite difficult to locate. Feeding on a diet of foliage, these insects can be handled, but due to their fragile body, extreme care should be taken.