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BUG GUYKenneth MacNeil
Gooty Ornamental (its scientific name is Poecilotheria metallica) is a $700 female tarantula that's available for sale at Tucson Reptile Shop. Owner Kenneth MacNeil, or "Ken the Bug Guy," as he's known, has been selling insects, arachnids and other creepy crawlers for the past seven years. "We've got tarantulas, scorpions, centipedes, spiders, millipedes, assassin bugs, isopods, beetles and roaches," he says. Roaches? "It's a huge hobby, a lot more popular than you'd think. I probably sell at least 5,000 roaches a year." Besides bugs, MacNeil also sells reptiles. With a business like his, you'd think it would be tough to find a partner, but MacNeil's wife, Georgianna, a.k.a. "The Bug Wife," is his biggest supporter. "My wife loves them as much as I do," he says. "She's a big part of the business, and without her, I couldn't do it."
— Kathy Ritchie
For more information about "Ken the Bug Guy," visit www.kenthebugguy.com.