It’s the first time in all my years in Laredo that I have spotted an authentic walking stick insect (wish we could say the same about some of the purses sold downtown). Maybe I should have followed this tidbit of info from wikipedia:
Many stick insects are easy to care for, and make good pets. Almost 300 species have been reared in captivity.
The most commonly kept, the Indian (or Laboratory) stick insect, Carausius morosus, requires a tall (25+ cm) vivarium (even a jar with a few holes punched in the top), some bramble, ivy, privet and lettuce and an atmosphere at room temperature. Indian stick insects are almost all female with only a few half-males (gynandromorphs) and these are not needed for reproduction. They reproduce by parthenogenesis and seem content living on their own. All stick insects moult and may eat the shed skin. By the sixth moult the Indian stick insect will lay eggs.
Nah – we didn’t touch it, just photographed it; then, we went off to look for tarantulas and rattlesnakes. Those we see all the time. No such luck today. We were not even lucky enough to run into the mysterious bugs of Nuevo Laredo that had been featured on pro8news:
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