Meet The Live Bugs at Camp!
Common Name: Pink Foot Goliath Birdeater
Scientific Name: Theraphosa apophysis
Personal Name: Diego
Where?: South America
One of the largest tarantulas, our Diego is young still and he might become a she.
Common Name: False Widow
Scientific Name: Steatoda grossa
Despite looking similar to the iconic and dangerous black widow spider, false widows are considered relatively harmless. While False widows do have a venomous bite, the venom will most likely only cause slight pain around the bite site, with the pain being no worse than that of a wasp sting. False widows in general are quite aloof and very unlikely to bite humans.
Common Name: Western Black Widow
Scientific Name: Latrodectus hesperus
Where: Western United States, especially in the southwestern states. Highly venomous, one of the most well-known spiders. They make messy tangled web with their "comb" feet. Their web is very effective at catching unsuspecting prey.
Common Name: Indian Stick Bug
Scientific Name: Carasius morosus
Where?: Throughout tropical and subtropical regions, predominantly Southern Asia and South America.
The Indian Stick Insect is probably the best pet walking stick. They are robust, large, tropical, stick insects originating from the Palmi Hills of Tamil Nadu, in Southern India. They are very popular in Europe, where they are legal to keep, and are frequently seen in European classrooms. In the United States, you need to get a permit from the USDA in order to keep them, because this species can be a potential pest species. The Indian Stick Insect only lives from 6 months to 1 year on average, but it is asexual with adults laying up to 3 eggs a day, so it makes up for it's short life. Males of this species are extremely rare, but they do exist. The Indian Stick Insect is the hardiest out of all the walking sticks, making it a great captive stick insect!
Common Name: Cascara Birdeater
Scientific Name: Pamphobetus cascara
Personal Name: Valentina
•Diet: crickets; roaches; mealworms; waxworms;
Valentina is still pretty small, but she is a good eater and growing very well.
Common Name: Honeypot ants
Scientific Name: Myrmecosystus navajo
•Facts: Several species found throughout the Southwest
•Diet: honeydew, scavengers
•Behavior: individuals in the colony serve as honey repletes to store food for the rest of the colony
Common Name: Brazilian Pink Salmon
Scientific Name: Lasiodora parahybana
Personal Name: Athena
Athena came to us as a very small sling. She is a really greater eater and is growing up very well.
Common Name: Mexican Red-Rump
Scientific Name: Tliltocatl vagans
Personal Name: Grunona (Grumpy)
Where: Yucatan down into Central America
Grunona is our largest tarantula and although she seems grumpy all of the time, she is very sweet, she just does not like to be bothered.
Common Name: Emperor Scorpion
Scientific Name: Pandinus imperator
Where?: West Africa
These scorpions are found in rainforests and savannas and can live for 6 to 8 years. They are one of the largest scorpion species in the world, averaging 20 centimeters in length. The emperor scorpion is actually relatively docile and has a mostly harmless sting to humans. They will burrow under the dirt and rocks and area often found hiding in termite mounds throughout their habitat.
Common Name: Ironclad beetle
Scientific Name: Asbolus verrucosus
Personal Names: Mary and Barry
They live in very hot parts of this North American deserts. They are scavengers and very sweet.
Common Name: Dune Scorpion
Scientific Name: Smeringurus mesaensis
The Dune scorpion lives in western US deserts where it can reach very high densities of 1,000s of individuals in an area the size of an average backyard. They are more venomous than the more common taxa, not not nearly as venomous as bark scorpions. Their sting is as painful as a hornet sting.
Common Name: Stripe-tailed ("devil") scorpion
Scientific Name: Paravaejovis spinigerus
Where?: Arizona and Southwestern New Mexico
Often confused with the more venomous Arizona bark scorpion, the Devil scorpion can be easily found in desert chaparral and mountainous desert landscapes. Unlike their desert counterparts, these scorpions venom is not considered a threat to humans but can still deliver a solid sting! All scorpions have a compound in their exoskeleton that glows under blacklight.
Common Name: Asian Forest scorpion
Scientific Name: Heterometrus longimanus
Where?: India, Indonesia, and Malaysia
These giant black forest scorpions are even more aggressive than the Emperor scorpion, very territorial, and need to live alone. However, the venom of their sting is relatively mild to humans. These scorpions eat smaller insects or other invertebrates. The asian forest scorpion hunts at night and hides under logs and rocks during the day.
Common Name: Pink Zebra
Scientific Name: Eupalaestrus campestratus
Personal Name: Ruby
Where?: Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina
Ruby is our oldest tarantula, we think she is between 10-15 years old, but we lost track. Pink Zebra tarantulas are widely known as one of the best tarantulas to have as pets. This is due to their calm demeanor, hardy nature, and their likelihood to live their entire life spans - which is up to 20 years for female pink zebras! These spiders' primary mode of defense is its urticating hairs that cover its body which can cause irritation when “flicked” from the spider.
Common Name: Brazilian Giant Blonde
Scientific Name: Nhandu tripepii
Personal Name: Linda
Linda stays underground in her retreat tubes during the day but she will come to the surface when she is hungry for a cricket. In this picture she is waiting for a treat. The Brazilian Giant Blonde is a large terrestrial tarantula with long pinkish hairs all over its body, giving it an overall pink appearance. These tarantula’s are generally known for being rather docile, the Brazilian Giant Blonde are considered gentle giants.
Common Name: Brazilian Pink Salmon
Scientific Name: Lasiodora parahybana
The Brazillian Pink Salmon comes from the tropics of Brazil in areas with an average of 90 inches of rainfall per year! These tarantula’s require large amounts of water to successfully grow to their full size of 10 inches. They are known for their bold personalities and aggressive eating habits. They are generally known as a beginner friendly tarantula.
Common Name: Greenbottle Blue
Scientific Name: Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens
Personal Names: Koshka and Maria
Where?: Northern Coast of Venezuela
We have two of these beautiful tarantulas; Koshka likes to hang out on the surface and Maria loves her retreat burrows. The Greenbottle Blue tarantula has a docile demeanor but they are fast. The tarantula’s metallic blue legs and orange abdomen make it incredibly visually striking and highly sought after, as possible pets. They have a tendency to make large funnel webs whether in captivity or the wild.
Common Name: Darkling Beetle
Scientific Name: Tenebrionidae (family)
Darkling Beetles are common insects in Arizona and there are thousands of species but most are black, they just differe in size and shape. Like the name, they love to hang out in dark places! They are omnivores, and scavengers too - so they enjoy things like other dead insects, fresh and rotting plants & leaves, and fungi. In some species of Darkling Beetle the larva are called mealworms and superworms. These mealworms/superworms are very common as food for pet reptiles, birds, and fish - so you might have dealt with some of these beetles already, just in their baby form!
Darkling beetles are sometimes called “Stink bugs” because many put their hind end in the air and emit a strong chemical that deters predators. While they do have wings, Darkling beetles do not fly, and they can extract water from their food so they can long periods with a water source.
Common Name: Dubia Roach
Scientific Name: Blaptica dubia
Where?: Central and South America
Dubia Roaches, unlike other roaches, cannot climb or fly, making them a great pet/feeder option. As long as they are in a smooth sided glass or plastic enclosure, the Dubia Roaches cannot escape. They are easy to care for, only requiring a consistent moisture source, a full diet, and plenty of hiding spaces.
Common Name:Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
Scientific Name: Gromphadorhina portentosa
These cockroaches are one of the largest species of cockroach, reaching 2 to 3 inches at maturity. They are native to the island of Madagascar, where they are can be found inside of rotting logs. It is one of 20 known species of hissing roaches from Madagascar. Unlike most cockroaches, they are wingless and are excellent climbers. Males can be distinguished from females by their thicker, hairier antennae and the very pronounced "horns" on the pronotum
Common Name: Pacific Hermit Crab
Scientific Name: Coenobita compressus
Where?: Northwestern South America
There are scores of hermit crab species, we have one of the two species that are common in the pet trade. They are omnivorous, communal, and very curious!
Common Name: California Warrior Beetle
Scientific Name: Pasimachus californicus
Where?: Southwest United States
Like most carabid ground beetles the California Warrior Beetle is a nocturnal predator feeding a variety of ground-dwelling arthropods.
Common Name: Carolina Wolf Spider
Scientific Name: Hogna carolinensis
Where?: North America
Commonly known as the Carolina wolf spider, is found across North America. It is the largest of the wolf spiders in North America, typically measuring at 18–20 mm for males and 22–35 mm for females. The Carolina wolf spider is mottled brown with a dark underside. (from Wikipedia).
Common Name: Orange Head Cockroaches
Scientific Name: Eublaberis posticus
Where?: Mexico, Central and South America
Orange head cockroaches are best known for their longevity and hardy nature. Female orange heads are about to survive up to a year and half on just water! Orange heads are considered the best cockroaches to have as pets due to their “cleaner” nature, overall lack of smell, lifespan, and cute large antennae.