Blue Death Feigning Beetle
These popular beetles are known to live many, many years as adults (no guarantees though as we don't know how long they've been adults). Asbolus verrucosus' common name comes from their tendency to play dead when bothered, combined with a powder blue colored coating they excrete on themselves to protect them from the sun. They feed well on carrots and dried dog/cat food and various fruits or veggies. They don't need additional humidity or water, though a piece of bark to hide under and an occasional squirt in the terrarium won't hurt.
If they get wet they turn a flat black color, but their ghostly, pale blue coloration reappears after they dry out a few weeks later. These are very active beetles, great for display and safe to hold in your hands! They prefer a dry, sandy substrate as dirt may begin to accumulate on their legs and feet if it's too moist. They are not able to climb glass or plastic tank walls.
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- Item #: bic977