Most people find bugs creepy and a nuisance, but there are some who believe that they make the perfect pet. Why? Bugs are low maintenance compared to other household pets. Feeding them regularly is all they really ask of their human family members. They are small which means they don’t require much room. This is perfect for people who live in cozier spaces. Bugs are also a great option for people who suffer from pet-related allergies. If you are considering adopting a bug, here are some great options.
Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
Madagascar hissing cockroaches are one of the most popular choices for insect pets. These brown, oval-shaped bugs can grow up to 3 inches in length. These cockroaches get their name from their distinct hissing noise. Unlike other bugs, which create noise with vibrations or by rubbing body parts together, hissing cockroaches pass air through their spiracles (breathing holes on the thorax and abdomen) which result in hissing. To keep your hissing cockroach happy make sure their home has wood, leaves and hiding places to mimic their habitat. They also prefer to dine on fresh fruit and vegetables, dry pellets containing protein, and need plenty of water.
Suggested Pet Name: Kitty
Stick Insect/Leaf Insect
Variety is the spice of life and stick bugs stand by this claim. There are about 3,000 known species ranging in size and color. Their resemblance to twigs and leaves give this potential pet its name. Whether they are nearly black or bright green, their appearance is their greatest defense mechanism. Don’t be surprised if you mistake them for one of the plants in their container. Stick bugs are used to tropical climates and need to live in spaces that are warm and moderately humid. It is important they have an enclosed, well-ventilated space to call home. While stick bugs don’t require daily maintenance, they must be handled with care. Blackberries, raspberries and cut branches are their preferred dinner option. Stick bugs are nocturnal, so if you enjoy being up all night and sleeping all day, they would make a great companion.
Suggested Pet Name: Luna
If you still want your pet to have some fur, then you may want to consider bringing home a tarantula. Tarantulas are known for their fur-covered bodies, which can grow up to 11 inches. Like stick bugs, there are several types of tarantulas in the world. When choosing which type of tarantula you want to adopt, it is important to know if they are an arboreal or a burrowing tarantula. If your new furry friend is an arboreal, make sure their home has a little height to it and areas for it to climb. Burrowing tarantulas need a home with hiding places including a layer of soil 2-4 inches deep. A hands-off approach is best when caring for tarantulas who prefer to entertain themselves. Don’t worry though, feeding them crickets weekly will ensure that your bond with them remains intact.
Suggested Pet Name: Buzz
Do you want a pet that is extremely low-maintenance? Then, ants may be the best choice for you. There are about 10,000 species of ants in the world. Black garden and harvester ants are just two types of ants that make great pets. These pets are typically between .08 and 1 inch in size. They have large heads, strong jaws, and elbowed antennae. Ants are very social bugs, so make sure you are ready to adopt several. Ants are used to living as members of a colony working for their queen. It is important that they have a safely enclosed home known as a formicarium. This is where they will build their tunnels, so don’t move the structure or all of their hard work will be lost. Besides their home, ants will ask for food and water. Small insects, like crickets, seeds, and a water and sugar mixture are on the menu.
Suggested Pet Name: Hera
If you’re looking for a pet with a unique trick up its sleeves, then the praying mantis is for you. Their triangular heads are able to turn 180 degrees. The praying mantis gets its name from the position of its front legs. Despite its gentle name, it is a fierce hunter. They have extremely fast reflexes, which enable them to hunt for food. They are typically 2-3 inches in length and can be many shades of brown and green. Like stick bugs, they are skilled at camouflaging themselves. Make sure their homes have sticks and plants so they can play hide and seek with you. Each kind of praying mantis has its own preference regarding temperature and humidity, so make sure you know your pet’s specific needs. They will also want a variety of insects to eat. Be sure to switch it up between moths, crickets, grasshoppers and flies.
Suggested Pet Name: Artemis
Bugs aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but they are still a great option for those looking to adopt a new pet. If you’re fascinated with the way bugs live or are wanting a pet that’s easy to care for, consider welcoming one of these bugs into your family. As with all pets, make sure you take the time to learn about your new family member to ensure he or she has the best life possible.