The majority of arthropods kept as pets are well suited to those pet owners looking for something a little different. Most do not make good pets for younger pet owners because they tend to be fragile and many bite or sting.
There is one notable exception though the hermit crab. The hermit crab is the most popular arthropod pet but there are many more to choose from.
Other arthropods commonly kept as pets include the tarantulas, scorpions and insects. They are all found world-wide except Antartica. Chances are just about any type of habitat that you can think of has a few arthropods in it. Popular insect pets include mantises, walking sticks, beetles and even roaches. Well like we said a lot of these are not your run of the mill pets.
Although there are more arthropod species than any other kind of animal there are some things that they all have in common. One is that they all have a hard shell that they must shed in order to grow, as a group they all become sensitive to humidity levels during this process.
Another thing they have in common is that they all have jointed legs. Yet another thing they have in common is that they all remain relatively small and just about all the varieties kept as pets can be comfortably housed in a 10-gallon aquarium.
Some like the tarantulas, scorpions, centipedes and mantises are carnivorous usually subsisting on a diet that consist of mainly crickets in captivity. Others like the walking stick, the Madagascar hissing cockroach and Rhinoceros beetles are herbivores or plant eaters and than there are the omnivores like the hermit crabs that eat both plant and animal material.
Along with not taking up much space the arthropods are generally easy to care for. All that is required for most is misting as needed feeding and spot cleaning the cage every day or two, wiping down the enclosure weekly and changing the bedding monthly. Look through this section to see which of these unique pets would be the best for you.