Posted May 06, 2015
I got Larry along with his two buddies, Curly and Moe from a lady who didn't want them. We named them after the stooges since there are three of them. We were excited to get them and learn about them however they are not quite the pet for us.
They hide most of the time and hate being held which is fine considering that the oils from our skin can harm them anyway.
At first we had them in just water, similar to a fish tank except only about 3 inches deep. They had a big rock to climb onto and hide under. The water was filtered so it would be clean and safe for them plus they create a lot of waste that must be filtered out.
After doing some research, I found out that they are not fully aquatic, they are semi-aquatic. So, we got them a bigger tank and added dirt from the pet shop and wet it so that it was really moist like a wet sponge. I put flat rocks for them to burrow under. They dig some really long burrows. They eat crickets, roaches, mealworms, earthworms.... just about any insect that can fit into their mouth, they'll eat it! Always buy your insects though, never catch wild ones because they could have traces of poison on them.
They are super easy to take care of if you do the semi-aquatic, moist dirt tank. They don't require expensive lights or anything except bottled water because they breathe through their skin and need clean pure water. They also MUST stay moist or they will die from dehydration. They will live for several years with good proper care.