Pets come in all shapes, sizes, and species. In this edition of Pet Pointers, YNN's Lisa Chelenza tells us about two of the creepiest pets in the world.
The Black Emperor Scorpion and the Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula are classified as arachnids. That means they have eight legs, and can be really easy pets to care for.
Both species are happy kept alone in a ten gallon tank at the proper temperature and humidity with plenty of places to hide. According to Diana Sliertin, the Black Emperor Scorpion has quite a unique feature.
"Scorpions have a unique substance on their sheels called phosphorescence, so if you hold them under a black light, they glow in the dark," said Sliertin, an exotic animal rescuer.
Scorpions with large claws are less venomous than those with small claws. It is good to be alert for small scorpions that can hide in imported flowers and crawl into small dark spaces.
Although they may look frightening, the Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula is very docile as well as very fragile. It can be killed by a fall or rough handling, but if they lose a leg it can be regenerated during a molt.
Upon closer inspection these large spiders have hair all over their bodies and have an iridescent rose hue to the hairs on their back and legs. If they feel threatened a tarantula will throw hairs at a predator that can leave a nasty rash.
Before you bring home any pet be sure you understand how to take care of them and have the time energy and resources to do it properly.