Sustainable Breeding Programs 

We aim to captive breed the majority of the invertebrates we offer for sale.

There are several advantages of obtaining invertebrates bred in captivity.

  • They are free of parasites
  • The animals are of a known age
  • We know how to keep them and can pass on useful information which will help your success
  • You are not contributing to the exploitation of some fragile wild populations (tarantulas and scorpions in particular)

Although many species of invertebrates are in plentiful numbers in the wild, some are not. Many we simply don't know enough about. Australian tarantulas and some scorpions are being collected in large numbers from relatively localised populations. This may have devastating long term effects on these species in the wild.

For example the Black Rock Scorpion (Urodacus manicatus) is being collected and sold in large numbers in eastern Australia. These scorpions take several years to mature, and have a gestation period of 16 months. They live under granite rocks, and commercial collectors often take large numbers (all they can find) from one area in a very short period of time. Taking a large percentage of adults from such a population may have significant effects on the future survival of these scorpions in such an area. Also significant habitat damage is sometimes occurring by rocks being flipped over in the search for scorpions and not being replaced.

It would be a great shame if the very people fascinated by these animals were to contribute to their demise by supporting the mass wild collection of some invertebrates.

 

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