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PostSubject: Good First Invert   Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:36 pm

My husband is terrified of spiders and other creepy crawlies. He's okay with reptiles but if it has more than 4 legs or has an exoskeleton, its a no-go for him. I've agreed not to have T's or other spiders in the house. I almost had him say okay to a very small scorpion but his fear won out and it was a no go.

Are there any inverts that I suppose are less creepy crawly? I don't know if there are a lot of invert keepers on here, but I'd really like to start keeping inverts but can't seem to find one that my husband won't freak out over.
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PostSubject: Re: Good First Invert   Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:37 pm

Centepieds are cool lol
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PostSubject: Re: Good First Invert   Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:45 pm

Giant African millipede (Archispirostreptus gigas) are almost like short snakes (with a bunch of legs).
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PostSubject: Re: Good First Invert   Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:49 pm

I might have to check those out and do some research. Smile Thanks for the suggestions!
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PostSubject: Re: Good First Invert   Thu Dec 22, 2011 6:19 pm

I would suggest a Praying Mantis. I do not know their care requirements but I love watching them whenever I find one outdoors! You would still be able to feed it crickets and such but maybe it will be more agreeable to your husband than a T. Although, if you can turn him, they have a 6'' Goliath Bird Eater at Pet Paradise!
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PostSubject: Re: Good First Invert   Thu Dec 22, 2011 6:23 pm

I would love to have a T, but we have an agreement that if when I have my own facility that is seperate from our house, I can have all the inverts I want, regardless of species. And he has promised never to set foot in that facility as long as there are spiders in it. Hahaha.

Praying Mantis sounds cool. He likes the look of those. But I wonder where you'd get one... I'll have to do some research.
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PostSubject: Re: Good First Invert   Thu Dec 22, 2011 6:30 pm

Lots of online garden stores sell egg cases containing 100-300 nymphs meant to be released in gardens but I'm sure you can find a place selling just one or two. We looked into getting some last year for garden pest control but the neighbor's bamboo infestation put a halt to everything.

Here's on of many such links:
http://prayingmantiseggs.org/
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PostSubject: Re: Good First Invert   Thu Dec 22, 2011 6:36 pm

Thanks. From just a little research while I'm sitting here at work (Bad me!) I read they can be kept at room temp 68-77 is ideal for them. They can be fed many different types of insect as food and are fairly easy to keep. I plan on doing a lot more research and maybe if I can convince my husband, a mantid can be my first step into the invert world. Smile

Thanks for the link!
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PostSubject: Re: Good First Invert   Thu Dec 22, 2011 7:01 pm

Halloween Crabs are also inverts and my husband thought they were really cool when we were in the store last week. I might do some research on those too.
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PostSubject: Re: Good First Invert   Thu Dec 22, 2011 7:23 pm

I had two Halloween crabs, Jack and Sally. They were great! In the pet stores here they keep in them in water and gravel, but in researching them they need soil and I kept mine at ~75% humidity, they love all kinds of fruits and veggies, require fresh and salt water and they like to burrow and climb. They also need heat ~75-90 degrees. They didn't live an extremely long time, about 3 yrs.

I watch mantis' at my house, occasionally they will let me hold them and feed them mealworms or crickets, they are really cool, I didn't know you could keep them in captivity though, I might have to look at that Smile

I might get a millipede to keep at work, I just have to convince my boss Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Good First Invert   Thu Dec 22, 2011 7:30 pm

Took a few mantis egg cases to my daughter's school when she was in first or second grade. Unfortunately, I didn't realize just how small the the hatchlings were. The vast majority of them climbed through the screen on top of the cage and this caused a classroom panic. The following year I was instructed to leave my egg cases at home.
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PostSubject: Re: Good First Invert   Thu Dec 22, 2011 7:36 pm

That's pretty funny!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Good First Invert   Thu Dec 22, 2011 7:37 pm

Ha! I wish I could keep something at work. I work in a call center and it would be nice to escape my horrible job for just a minute between calls by looking into the tank of a betta fish or small invert, but I think that would be a no. I REALLY wish I could have my own pet store and run my own feeder business. I'd be a happy happy person.

I think I'm definitely going to persue the mantis route. They are awesome insects and from what I've read have great personalities. And I could really get creative with a habitat. Smile It would make a nice display animal.

And for the hatchling mantids, maybe something like this would work. I've seen someone use it for T slings before. They took a tupperware container and cut a large window in the lid. They then took some nylon stockings and spread it over the top of the tupperware and snapped the lid down on it. It creates nice ventilation but usually the holes between the threads are far too tiny for anything to crawl through. Might work for something like that.
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PostSubject: Re: Good First Invert   Thu Dec 22, 2011 8:01 pm

I would love to have a pet store. One where I could actually make sure the people buying the animals knew what they were getting into and had good (correct) information. Among other things, it's a lot that goes into it, but the dream is always there Smile

I'm kinda allowed to have stuff at work, I'm in a lab, so as long as it isn't an animal we already are housing, I can keep things in my office.
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PostSubject: Re: Good First Invert   Thu Dec 22, 2011 8:12 pm

ClarkeReptiles wrote:
And for the hatchling mantids, maybe something like this would work. I've seen someone use it for T slings before. They took a tupperware container and cut a large window in the lid. They then took some nylon stockings and spread it over the top of the tupperware and snapped the lid down on it. It creates nice ventilation but usually the holes between the threads are far too tiny for anything to crawl through. Might work for something like that.

That a great suggestion! Thanks!
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PostSubject: Re: Good First Invert   Thu Dec 22, 2011 11:08 pm

Oh yea. I have dreams of owning a pet store. Animals would be cared for properly and correct information given to customers. That's my dream job.
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