Roanoke, Virginia, United States
Posted Jun 11, 2015
When my goliath stick insect passed, it left a surprisingly big hole. This forced my hand when I saw one of these northern beauties on my deck. Looking back, it was unfair to domesticate an animal perfectly content on his own, but he faired quite well. He seemed unbothered by my exitance, indifferent so long as I fed him and watered him. He was easy to home since he was bred and raised in the climate Virginia provides. I would recommend for those outside of Virginia, keeping them between 60 and 75 degrees, as they slow down in the 50s, and can potentially over heat in the 80s. Feeding them is simple enough, though they do have clear favorite foods. Have water provided to them and they will keep themselves hydrated. They can smell it from a good distance away. I know I found my guy drinking from the leaky kitchen sink when I accidentally let his dish dry. They tend to do fine with other animals, too calm to draw the attention of cats or dogs. Rodents, however, should be kept away from them. My rat would try to eat him whenever she got the chance. All in all, very good creatures to have, just don’t steal one from the wild like I did unless they are injured and would die otherwise.