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Latest in Tarantulas

How Fast Do Tarantulas Grow?

One of the things that surprises many people is just how slowly tarantulas actually grow. Unlike many of the arthropods crawling around our gardens, tarantulas don’t reach maturity in a…

Do Tarantulas Eat Mice?

Tarantulas are carnivorous invertebrates that survive by catching and eating other animals. In nature tarantulas most commonly eat suitably-sized insects, however they are known to eat almost anything that comes…

Do Tarantulas Like Being Handled?

One of the first questions I get when people find out that I keep tarantulas is whether I handle them. The answer to that is almost exclusively “no”. And part…

Do Tarantulas Drink Water?

Tarantulas do drink water. Without suitable moisture tarantulas can become dehydrated and may in extreme circumstances even die of thirst. In nature tarantulas may drink water from puddles or from…

Latest in Reptiles

KIngsnake care sheet

Kingsnake Care Sheet

King snakes are a large family of non-venomous snakes, many of which can make ideal pets. Generally speaking king snakes are very hardy in captivity, grow to a very modest…

Ball python handling

Ball Python Handling Tips & Advice

Ball pythons are well-known for their relaxed, docile attitudes. This makes them an ideal pet snake for anyone who wants to be able to handle their pet. It can also…

Are corn snakes poisonous?

Are Corn Snakes Poisonous?

Corn snakes are widely distributed across much of North America, most commonly seen in more rural areas. Indeed, it is believed the name “corn snake” comes from the fact that…

Do snakes like being pets?

Do Snakes Like Being Pets?

One of the things that many people find scary about snakes is that they seem to show very little emotion. They wonder how you tell whether a pet snake is…

Latest in Praying Mantis

Can Two Praying Mantis Live Together?

Generally speaking praying mantis are solitary insects. The vast majority of praying mantis are not just carnivores, they are also cannibals. This means that attempting to keep two more praying…

Do Praying Mantis Have Venom?

It is well-known that many carnivorous animals have venom. Spiders and scorpions would be two great examples. So do praying mantis have venom too? No, praying mantis do not have…

Why Are Praying Mantis Different Colors?

Praying mantis come in a surprising range of different colors. Even within a single species you may find different colors in a single population.  The most common colors are green…

When Do Praying Mantis Mate?

In temperate regions like the USA praying mantis mate in the summer. After a successful mating an adult female praying mantis will then continue laying eggs until her eventual demise…

Can You Hold a Praying Mantis?

The alien-like appearance of praying mantis, and their ability to sit motionless for hours on end, has resulted in all manner of myths and legends surrounding them. Many of these…

Do Praying Mantis Spit?

Praying mantis do not spit. So long as you remain out of arm’s reach then praying mantis are perfectly safe and will do you no harm. You can approach the…

Do Praying Mantis Shed Their Skin?

Praying mantis regularly shed their skin. A baby praying mantis will through a number of moults, getting larger at each shed, until it reaches adult size. Adult praying mantis do…

What Are Praying Mantis Good For?

Many people believe praying mantis look downright alien-like and scary. No wonder so many myths have sprung up around them over the years. But what really is the reality?  Many…

Do Praying Mantis Drink Water?

Like other insects, praying mantis benefit from a tough exoskeleton which limits the loss of water. Even so praying mantis need to drink water regularly.  In the wild praying mantis…