Acquired: Pet store
Posted Nov 18, 2013
I have mixed feelings about keeping a rhinoceros beetle.
On the one hand, I had a lot of fun giving him bananas and watching him burrow in the dirt. Plus, he was a unique pet, one that many of my friends had never had.
However, the cage smelled and was susceptible to harboring uninvited insects, like mites. I think this is particularly true in humid climates.
Also, while handling the beetle should be kept to a minimum, their legs are a little prickly, so should you be in a position to hold them, keep that in mind.
Depending on where you live, you may not have to worry about some of these problems. Even more so because you may have difficulty finding a rhinoceros beetles in the wild or for a reasonable price at a pet store.
I'm currently living in Japan, so I was easily able to purchase one at a Toys R Us for about 10USD. Many children here catch the beetles in the wild. So, if you live in a place with easy access to rhinoceros beetles, they are extremely inexpensive.
The bragging rights were neat, and I enjoyed watching such a fascinating creature, but, in the end, I don't think I can recommend a rhinoceros beetle to most people as a long-term pet. In fact, most children only keep the beetles for a little while and then let them go -- I may understand why now.