Follow up to my first post on stick insects. Most of the insects are approximately a month old or so now and have gone through a couple of moults. As can be seen from the photo below they are growing (couldn’t find a 5p coin today, so a 20p was used, diameter 21.4mm) but still a long way to go. Gait patterns still seem to be stuck rigidly to the tripod gait. The jar is now starting to get a bit crowded, and changing the plants has become tricky (they’re fast little buggers when they want to be) so next week I will be upgrading their accommodation next week to one of the excellent BSP Cages from Small Life Supplies, one of which I have been using at home for a while now. This will also give them the necessary room to moult successfully, as well as making it easier to care for them. Photos follow:
| Month old stick insect and UK 20 pence coin.
Below is a close-up of the insect itself without the coin.
|Month old stick insect (detail).
And a quick look at their increasingly cramped living space:
|Jar getting crowded.