Acquired: Pet store
Posted Jun 02, 2015
I got a stick insect from the pet store when I was little as I'd seen one at my friend's house and thought they looked cool. My parents didn't see the harm and got me one. It was great fun watching it eat and grow, and it was quite willing to be handled as well.
After a while we noticed something that looked like little brown eggs. We didn't think much of it since the insect was on its own and didn't have a mate. That was until the little eggs hatched and there were tens of stick insects waddling around in the cage. Turns out stick insects can fertilize their own eggs.
Enterprising as I was, I started selling stick insects to all of my friends, but it soon became too much as the little creatures were multiplying rather quickly. I kept my original one and made sure to clean out all the eggs on a regular basis.