Walking stick insects are great pets for people with limited space (we kept ours in a 10 gallon tank), or who have allergies to furry pets, or who want a cheap and easy pet.
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In the summer we fed our pet insects leaves off our apple trees, in the winter we fed them leaves of romaine lettuce (other lettuce does not have enough nutrition). We only had two bad experiences - once when we forgot to wash the store bought leaves and all the adults died, however a few weeks later we notice little ones in the tank, so clearly there were some unhatched eggs. The other bad experience was when the mesh lid was not shut tight enough and a few insects escaped. We found them on the walls and curtains for the following few days.
In addition to food they also require a water source, such as a wet sponge or damp soil. We misted the tank several times a day. In the picture you can see a larger adult on an apple leaf and a smaller adult on a stick. They do require sticks so they can shed their skin.
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* Please Note in most areas it is illegal to set any unwanted walking stick insects loose into the wild. If you have found you have more than you can care for you must dispose of them, by selling them, freezing them, or feeding them to lizards.