- Mar 21, 2005
So out of curiosity, has anyone ever set up an enclosure with several different animals in it? I've recently set up a tank with a few small (V. carolinianus) scorpions, one roughly 3 inch centipede (S. sexpinosus), and a small, random beetle that resembles a death feigning beetle (possibly Hydrochus sp but not sure). So far, everything is running smoothly with absolutely no sign of trouble. I threw in some small crickets and most of them were devoured after a few days. All of these animals are wild caught, in fact they all came from under the same mattress that had been discarded at the edge of the woods near my home. I wasn't sure if they would eventually eat one another or ignore each other but it seems to be the latter. There are several pieces of bark in the enclosure and they all seem to have staked claims on them. The scorpions have all chosen to reside under one piece of bark with the beetle while the pede has decided to remain more mobile, exploring it's world at night while burrowing and hiding during the day. I'm quite interested to see how things play out over time. I expect someday to walk in and find one really fat little animal and several conspicuously absent ones but I have plenty of prey items for them and I believe they'll be fine as long as they remain well fed. Anybody else keep things this way successfully? I'm pretty sure there will be plenty of people who have nothing good to say about keeping them this way. I've got a pretty good imagination so I can play these arguments out in my head, therefore, no need to post anything negative. I'm just interested in the possible positive experiences or people who are curious to try it.