Posted Nov 26, 2015
I came into being Mr. Stick's owner in what I assume is the usual way for a kid to become an invertebrate pet owner, I found him in my backyard and decided to keep him. Even though I call Mr. Stick a he, he most likely was actually a she. I did not know at the time that Indian Walking Sticks are considered to be more commonly female in gender and are parthenogenetic, meaning they can reproduce without mating. Despite this I did not see any problem with not knowing Mr. Stick's gender; although, I admit that for someone truly interested in investing in an Indian Walking Stick I would suggest learning to identify gender in the species. Generally size is a useful factor in identifying gender in invertebrates as females are larger in size than males. Mr. Stick always strikes me as being big in my memory. Also, I would suggest getting a temperature-controlled terrarium. The small terrarium that I had was not temperature-controlled so when the temperature became too cold in the winter time Mr. Stick went into hibernation. My first reaction was to mourn the loss of my pet before realizing that he was most likely hibernating. One of my favorite memories of Mr. Stick is that I could pick him up and place him on my shoulder while I went about my day. I greatly enjoyed having an Indian Walking Stick as a pet, but next time I would do more research into having one as a pet first.