Spiders & Scorpions

Animal Island Pets carries several varities of tarantulas and scorpion that are common in the pet industry, These exotic arachnids are best suited to hobbyists who have the time, experience and knowledge to keep this type of animal. These creatures are normally shy and like to hide. They don't move around much unless they are actively hunting. They need gentle handling and care. If miss handled they can deliver a painful sting. Contact us at 708-293-0600 to discuss if an arachnid is a pet for you. Our friendly staff has experience with tarantulas and scorpions and can assist you with setting up a habitat and feeding the critters.

The arachnids, Arachnida, are a class of invertebrate animals in the subphylum Chelicerata. Arachnids are named for the Greek mythological figure Arachne.They are chiefly terrestrial arthropods, up to 73,000 species including the spiders, scorpions, harvestmen, ticks, and mites. The arachnids are easily distinguished from the insects by the fact that they have eight legs instead of six. In addition, they also have simple eyes.

The most typical arachnids that are kept as pets are the spider and scorpion. The most common species of spider that is seen in pet stores is the tarantula spider. These hairy, fearsome looking arachnids are easily kept in an appropriate habitat and are fed a diet of insects. There are over 800 species of tarantulas but only a few new world types are kept as pets in the United Sates.

Scorpions are another arachnid that has gained popularity as pets. These armored ferocious beasts are predators eating a variety of insects and other live foods and are found around the world except in Antarctica. There are over 1400 different species. Despite their venomous reputation, only 25 species have venom that is fatal to humans.

Emperor Scorpion         Rose tarantula

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Animal Island Pets
14411 S Cicero Av.
Midlothian IL 60445

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