Pets at the Children's Library

About Our Pets

The Children’s Library is home to several full-time residents and a few temporary ones. We have pets and animals because we love watching their behaviors and enjoy taking care of them. Currently there are Hermit Crabs, Fish and a red eared slider.

Hermit Crabs

The Hermit Crabs in our Library may seem lazy and shy when you visit them. They are nocturnal and come out at night when the Library is closed to play. We often find that they have dug large holes in their sand or carried their water sponges around the next morning. Hermit Crabs grow larger and they grow a new exoskeleton under their current one. When it is time to molt, or shed their old skin, they burrow under the sand for privacy and safety. They love to eat almost anything. Their favorite treats include crackers and cheerios.

The Aquarium

The aquarium is home to several tropical fish. We often have Barbs, Mollies and Tetras. If you watch the tank your might see our Plecostomus , Charlie. He helps to keep the aquarium clean. He is almost a foot long! Thanks for helping us out, Charlie. For the real maintenance, however, we rely on the excellent work of Ben Ball, "The Fish Guy LLC".

Other Pets of the Library

Over the years we have had other pets including full-sized African Clawed Frogs, Guinea Pigs and several other fish to live with us. We have also ‘babysat’ for a Cinnamon Tarantula, several Madagascar Hissing cockroaches, Butterflies, Ladybugs, Ants, Ducklings, Chicks and one small Ball Python. Our dream pet would be to have a Library cat.