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Stick Insects: The Perfect Low Maintenance Pet For Young Kids

by kateG (follow)
When we asked Mr 6 what he would like for his birthday, he said he would love a pet.

We were all for this to promote responsibility, but with a family dog who has an aversion to its own kind and anything furry, this immediately ruled out the usual suspects like a rabbit, guinea pig, puppy or kitten.

Add this to our limited success in the past to keep fish, we were left scratching our heads with what our options of a suitable pet would be.

Thanks to the helpful staff at Claws ‘n’ Paws Pet Supplies in Bayswater, it was suggested that a stick insect would be perfect.

One of our stick insects

The verdict from Mr 6 with this suggestion was “That sounds awesome!". So without hesitation we went off to purchase our new family members.

Naturally we bought three so that each boy has their own. They were all given the opportunity to think of a name. After what seemed an endless list of boy-isms, Mr 6, Mr 4 and Mr 2 settled on Leafy, Glittery and Bum Bum (ahem!).

While we did the fun stuff, my husband, who is very handy, made a simple wooden frame with a hinged door and covered it in mesh for their home. A small tank is apparently just as good.

The stick insects have settled in to the new home

I am pleased to report that Leafy, Glittery and Bum Bum have settled in nicely to their new home and the boys are enjoying their new pets.

Enjoying our new additions

What are the benefits of keeping stick insects?

- They are Low maintenance (they require gum leaves/branches every few days and a spray bottle)
- It is Low cost to set up
- They are clean pets
- They don’t need too much attention
- They are not noisy pets
- Kids can enjoy handling the stick insects

Many schools and kinders keep stick insects and find that the kids enjoy watching them grow, caring for them and interacting with them.

Please consult your local vet or pet shop before buying any kind of pet to make sure it is a suitable addition to your family.
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