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Hi everyone! I'm looking for a large, long living beetle to keep as a pet (I'd like to be able to breed them also) I am particularly interested in stag beetles but they seem very hard to come by (legally) or are very expensive here in the US. I'm also interested in rino beetles but it seems like they don't live very long (6 months seems about max for adults as far as I know for western species, I was hoping for something with ether a longer adult life or something that doesn't take as long to go from larvae to adult ). what other kinds of beetles do you guys recommend?

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Hi everyone! I'm looking for a large, long living beetle to keep as a pet (I'd like to be able to breed them also) I am particularly interested in stag beetles but they seem very hard to come by (legally) or are very expensive here in the US. I'm also interested in rino beetles but it seems like they don't live very long (6 months seems about max for adults as far as I know for western species, I was hoping for something with ether a longer adult life or something that doesn't take as long to go from larvae to adult ). what other kinds of beetles do you guys recommend?

You could try to get one of the larger native darkling beetles, like Eleodes suturalis or Eleodes obscurus, they may not be as large as some rhino beetles, but are huge for darkling beetles, and can live several years as adults! They can also be bred without too much trouble. :) Unfortunately I don't actually know of anyone currently selling those two species, so you'd have to ask around a bit, maybe post a wanted ad in the classifieds.

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You could try to get one of the larger native darkling beetles, like Eleodes suturalis or Eleodes obscurus, they may not be as large as some rhino beetles, but are huge for darkling beetles, and can live several years as adults! They can also be bred without too much trouble. :) Unfortunately I don't actually know of anyone currently selling those two species, so you'd have to ask around a bit, maybe post a wanted ad in the classifieds.

Ok I'll check them out!

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I took very good care of mine though. I would never let their substrate dry out, I did not let them burrow, and always had food for them. I also sprayed them daily.

 

Sorry for resurrecting an old thread, but does burrowing shorten their lifespan? I haven't seen this information before, and my D. tityus have been burrowed for days (not sure if they're trying to overwinter). Also when you say you sprayed them daily do you just mean the enclosure in general to keep the substrate moist?

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