Updated 03/14/2012 05:00 AM
Pet Pointers: Creepy, fascinating pets
Does the thought of a Madagascar hissing cock roach, tarantula, snake, or scorpion give you goose bumps? Then prepare to get scared! In this edition of Pet Pointers, Lisa Chelenza gets up close and personal with some of the scariest pets around.
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One of the most feared animals in the world are snakes. These cold-blooded reptiles are actually fascinating pets and pretty easy to care for. You'll need to provide proper conditions for them to be happy and healthy, including a heat source, proper food, fresh water and a hide.
The Black Emperor Scorpion, while not exactly cute, is truly unique and fascinating. They are one of the largest species of scorpion, but one of the least dangerous. The sting of this arachnid will hurt, but unless you are allergic to their venom, you will typically have no serious side effects. Here's a tip: the smaller the scorpion, the more poisonous it can be.
There are more than 800 species of tarantula in the world, but the Chilean Rose is the one most commonly used in films and kept as pets in North America.
Contrary to many horror movies, the bite of a tarantula is not deadly to humans! There are no reports of a human death resulting from the bite of a tarantula. All tarantulas do, however, have venom and their bite hurts about as badly as a bee sting. Unless you are allergic to spider bites, you should have nothing to worry about.
The Madagascar hissing cockroach is one of the easiest pets to keep. They don't bite, can eat anything, and are fascinating creatures.