Creepy Crawlies can make extremely fun and educational pets! Most species are very quiet and don't take up much room, perfect for apartments and kids too.
About Hermit Crabs
Life Span: Over 10 years
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This hermit crab has evolved to live on land and uses an empty shell as a portable home as well as for protection. It is believed that hermit crabs left the ocean to become true land animals millions of years ago. They can only breath air and will drown if submerged in water that may be too deep for them for any length of time. After hatching from eggs laid in the sea by their mother, the young crabs are merely plankton until about a month later when they develop into a crab. They then crawl ashore looking for a discarded shell of another animal to call home. In the wild, hermit crabs live in groups and usually travel in packs that roam at night in search of food. Land hermit crabs are ‘decapods’, which means they have ten legs.
Bird Eating Spider species that the Reptile Team often sell are Sarina, Kotzman's, Crassipes and SP4.
Max Size: up to 20cm
Life Span: Females - up to 20 years. Males - up to 10 years.
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Please Note: Bird eating spiders are venomous and medical advice should be sought if your spider bites you. Please take care when cleaning, feeding and performing cage maintenance. Due to these spiders being venomous we do not recommend handling and advise that they are an observational pet only. Any handling will stress your spider so avoid it unless completely necessary.
Flinder's Range Crorpion, Desert Scorpion, Rainforest Scorpion, Black Rock Scorpion and Mottled Scorpion are all species Pet City regularly have. Please call us for additional information as these species have different requirements.
View the Scorpion care sheet here (PDF)
All Australian scorpion species are venomous and while no known species is considered fatal please seek medical attention if stung. Individuals allergic to insect venom (bees, wasps etc) should exercise caution when handling and feeding their scorpion as it is highly likely they will also be allergic to scorpion venom. Scorpions stress when handled and are a venomous species therefore they should be an observational pet only.
There are two main types of scorpions; burrowing species and surface-dwelling species. Please take this into account when choosing your scorpion and setting up its enclosure.
About Stick Insects and Praying Mantids
Species regularly found in the Reptile Department are Spiny Leaf Insect, Extatosoma Tiaratum, Titan Stick Insect and Children's Stick Insect.
Max Size: Depends on species
Life Span: Females - up to 1.5 years. Males - up to 1 year.
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Stick insects are delicate and easily hurt if dropped. Handling in small amounts is ok, but over-handling can lead to stress. Fresh leaves, especially for young insects, are vital to the health and vitality of your stick insects. Stick insects eat nothing but leaves. These insects are non-aggressive and, if the enclosure is large enough, can be housed in a mixed species colony. DO NOT house any praying mantis species with your stick insects as they are carnivorous.
Praying Mantids are carnivorous and as such require live food on a regular basis. Crickets are a good staple diet. Exercise caution if feeding wild caught insects as they could have come into contact with pesticides or chemicals that could be harmful to your praying mantis. Praying mantids like to climb and need a wellventilated enclosure. Similar to stick insects, a 40cm tall mesh enclosure would be ideal with a peat or Fine Kritter’s Crumble substrate to hold moisture. Mist the enclosure once a day for drinking water and to raise humidity levels. These insects will periodically shed their skin. Do not interrupt them during this process and if they look like they are having trouble mist them lightly with a spray bottle to raise humidity