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Japanese Pets

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Look closely before you pick these up at the super market thinking that they are salads - because they are actually beetles.

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One of the most interesting aspects of Japanese culture I've seen is that many folks in Japan love to keep these Kabuto Mushi (otherwise known as stag beetles) as pets - see some of them in action below.


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Stag beetles are usually kept in the toy section of department stores - this little fella was like "dad I want one!!"

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Hmmmm. The more I look at them the more they seem cute to me?!!!

Would you keep a stag beetle as a pet?

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Not absolutely sure how long their lifespan is but some of my Japanese followers on Twitter tell me anything from 1 - 4 years.

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Caption this image.

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Shelves of beetle goodies - food, houses and objects for the beetles to play with.

What sort of pets do you have at home?

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