How bout a spider. Chile Rose or Bird eater. They are creepy a know specially if you have a fear like me but we had a Chile Rose and sadly it died of old age but although I was scared of it at the same time I was fascinated by it. Was quite theraputic watching it like fish in a tank. LOL
I know a spider might not be the thing for you hun but tis a suggestion non the less.
Good luck in your quest for a newbee.