The rhinoceros beetle (Oryctes rhinoceros) is aptly named because it has horns on its head, much like the rhinoceros does. These beetles are found in most tropical rainforests around the equator region.
Rhino beetles are real strong! Scientists believe that the beetle has become so strong to be able to forage through heavy litter on the jungle floor and dig its way to safety. Using its horns it can dig its way out of a sticky situation by burying itself underground, escaping danger.
The rhinoceros beetle can carry 850 times its own weight. That’s equivalent to a man lifting a stack of 76 family sized cars. In spite of their fierce appearance, they are all totally harmless.
They cannot bite or sting or hurt you with their horns.
In the wild adult rhino beetles eat rotting fruit and sap, and in spite of their size, they don't eat very much at all. In captivity they will eat most fruit that is provided for them, and they will cherish some old banana.
Rhino beetles are easy to maintain and care for, in fact, they need very little care at all. Because of this, the care time required and cost of upkeep is virtually nil, yet they are very interesting and unique. For these reasons they are excellent pets for children.
If you are about to get a Rhino beetle, you need to make sure you have the basic requirements, before you even bring them home! Here is a list of the basic requirements for any Rhino beetle.
- Small animal cage or Vivarium
- Rotting wood and mulch
- Water Dish
- Beetle Polish!
Suitable For People Aged: All
Experience Required: None. Care sheet & info
Feeding Care Time Required: 5 minutes every few days
Maintenance Time Required: 10 Mins once a Week
Minimum Space Required: Small Animal Cage/ Vivarium
Cost of Upkeep: (approx) $1 or less per week
Life Span: (approx) 8-12 weeks
Availability: All Year
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