Rhinoceros Beetle

Rhinoceros Beetle Pet Profile

Size 1.5-5.5 in (4-14 cm)
Lifespan 6-10 months
Active During the night
Food Fruit, salad, vegetables
How to keep them In a terrarium
Number of animals At least two animals


The Atlas beetle and European rhinoceros beetle are popular “starter” rhinoceros beetles. They’re completely harmless. Their “horns” don’t have a venom gland. 

The Atlas beetles grows to be up to 2-5.5 in (6-14 cm) long , while the European rhinoceros beetle usually gets no longer than around 1.5 in (4 cm). They live for 6-10 months. If you care for them well, you can enjoy the next generation.

Please note: rhinoceros beetles are not cuddly pets. They don’t like being picked up or carried. These animals are, however, great to watch.

How to Keep Them

Terrarium: at least 16x12x14 in (40x30x35 cm) per animal (W x H x D)

Rhinoceros Beetle Rhinoceros Beetle - Photo: Kdonmuang/Shutterstock

Rhinoceros Beetle Rhinoceros Beetle - Photo: Juthamat98/Shutterstock

Rhinoceros Beetle Rhinoceros Beetle - Photo: goldenjack/Shutterstock

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