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  • Taking Care of Australian Spiny Leaf Insects

    The second picture up isn't her, just wondering if she'll get that huge.

    Loving her steam bath.

    Loving her steam bath. Sorry it's kinda blurry.

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  • Taking Care of Australian Spiny Leaf Insects

    Yes, I've seen her belly a lot, but it's never been quite this color before.

    Her belly looks bit darker in person than it does on camera

    Yes, I've seen her belly a lot, and it's always been a different shade of green/gray, but never this color. Still eating good though. She almost ate a full large blackberry leaf during the night.

    Oh, I hope you're right!! I've been waiting for her to molt. I have another question though. How big will she actually get?? The ones I've seen have been a little bigger than she is now, but found this HUGE one on my search engine. Wondering if she'll get this huge. Granted, I don't know how big the hand is, but this bug seems monstrous.

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  • Taking Care of Australian Spiny Leaf Insects

    Sorry to bother you again DB, but I have yet another question. Zombug has turned almost black on her under side. What's going on with her?? Do you know?? She was was eating earlier, so she still has an appetite. I was looking on the net for info about it, but didn't have any luck. I can't really get good look at her top side, as she's hanging upside down.

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  • Taking Care of Australian Spiny Leaf Insects

    Oh, ok!! That's good then. I'm really not looking forward to her becoming an adult because that's when we lost our last one. Now that we think back on her, we think she might've been egg bound. She was definitely the right age, but never laid eggs.

    What good looking girl you have there!!

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  • Taking Care of Australian Spiny Leaf Insects

    Pretty good I think. She's really still most of the time at night, although I took the pic and video at about midnight last night, so it was pretty chilly in the house. Probably between 50 & 55 degrees Fahrenheit. I don't know what that is in Celsius tho. Yeah, she's a really good eater. She eats both ways. Sometimes she kinda snacks all day or she'll eat lot at once. Lately she's been doing the latter. Does that mean anything?? Like she's getting ready to molt or lay eggs?? I'm not sure if she's got one or 2 molts before she's full grown.

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  • JamiT2 commented on Jugglebug's instructable How to keep a pet spiny leaf insect1 week ago
    How to keep a pet spiny leaf insect

    Thanks Chilli? I found that out the other day when DragonB2 answered me on his page. It is kinda creepy but makes total sense. I only asked because our last one didn't do that. She would just walk away from her molt like it was something really gross. LOL.

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  • Taking Care of Australian Spiny Leaf Insects

    Thanks Dragon. I think you've pretty well answered that question. And don't worry, I won't hesitate to call on you for any advice. You answer everything so promptly, and you know what you're talking about. LOL. Talk to you soon.

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  • Taking Care of Australian Spiny Leaf Insects

    Thanks Dragon. I'm sure I'll be talking to you more and sharing pictures. I do have a quick question though. It's starting to get cold here. Can these stick insects take the cold fairly well, or should I get her a heat source for nighttime??

    Hi DragonB2!! I asked you a ton of questions last year (early this year??) about my ex's dying stick bug. Yeah, she didn't make it :( But now I have my own. She's doing beautifully. The only question I have for now, IsHave a wondrous birthday Kirsten!!it normal for Australian leaf bugs to eat their own skin after a molt?? The first time she did, I thought it was a fluke and maybe her food wasn't fresh enough. But she did it again with her latest molt. Thereby earning her the name, Zombug!! LOL. Is this normal Spiny Leaf insect behavior?? If not, is it going to hurt her??

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  • JamiT2 commented on Jugglebug's instructable How to keep a pet spiny leaf insect2 weeks ago
    How to keep a pet spiny leaf insect

    Hi DragonB2!! I asked you a ton of questions last year (early this year??) about my ex's dying stick bug. Yeah, she didn't make it :( But now I have my own. She's doing beautifully. The only question I have for now, IsHave a wondrous birthday Kirsten!!it normal for Australian leaf bugs to eat their own skin after a molt?? The first time she did, I thought it was a fluke and maybe her food wasn't fresh enough. But she did it again with her latest molt. Thereby earning her the name, Zombug!! LOL. Is this normal Spiny Leaf insect behavior?? If not, is it going to hurt her??

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  • JamiT2 commented on DragonB2's instructable Taking Care of Australian Spiny Leaf Insects8 months ago
    Taking Care of Australian Spiny Leaf Insects

    Thanks for the help DB. I'll stay in touch. I hope you'll still be around in October. I'm sure I'll need advice etc. when I get my own Spiny. I see you have praying mantis too. I'm fascinated with them too, but I don't think I'd like one for a pet. They eat their food live!!! LOL But I do love the different varieties of them. Of course being a female, I like the orchid mantis the best I think. Do some species really get big enough to eat small birds and rodents?? That'd be too big for me. Although I've raised all kinds of restrictor snakes, I never fed live. I ALWAYS fed frozen\thawed. Most didn't mind. Had one that needed force feeding for awhile. I'll never do that again. It was horrible.

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  • JamiT2 commented on DragonB2's instructable Taking Care of Australian Spiny Leaf Insects9 months ago
    Taking Care of Australian Spiny Leaf Insects

    Wow. She's a beauty!! Yeah, Boogie's spines were really long too. And quite pointy. The first time I really saw her spines, I thought they were just for looks and would be soft. Nope. LOL. I just touched the spines, didn't try to pick her up or anything. Unfortunately she finally passed away a couple days ago. No more twitching and pretty sunken in. In better news, I plan on getting my own Spiny bug, probably in October this year. That's when the exotic captive bred pet expo comes to town. Any hints you might have for choosing a good, healthy female baby might come in handy.Thank you so much for all your help DB. I'm just sorry it wasn't better circumstances. We'll talk again.

    Thanks so much DB. Yeah, she was a pretty cool critter. Where would I find eucalyptus leaves. I live in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. and eucalyptus isn't really prevalent in these parts, but blackberries are VERY prevalent. In fact, we have them all throughout the pasture. They grow like wildfire.Is there a way to tell the males from females when they are nymphs?? I really like the fact they can't fly and they're bigger, so easier to handle.

    I just found these pictures on my kindle. These were right after her 3rd moult. You can see the shed up in the left-hand corner of her cage. It was pretty shocking to see how huge she was just from the night before. LOL.

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  • JamiT2 commented on DragonB2's instructable Taking Care of Australian Spiny Leaf Insects9 months ago
    Taking Care of Australian Spiny Leaf Insects

    Yes that's what they are, but even more than that. Don is going to send me a video either tonight March 3, or tomorrow after work. I hope I'll be able to upload it this time. If not, I'll have him send it directly to you on here.

    Yes, the last I saw her, her tail was indeed fat. Don, my friend, is still keeping her in a dark cabinet, so he doesn't disturb her too much. He's given her water, but she still hasn't drank any, as far as I know. I'll have to get a hold of Don to get a new video. He says that since he's been leaving her alone, (except for once or twice a day) she seems to be more "active" with stimuli, moving the cage and gently blowing on her. I'll get you that video ASAP. I really hope you're right and can help. The very tip of her tail, the best I can describe it, it looks like there's pine needles sticking out of it, if that helps any. Of course she's never been in contact with any evergreen trees.

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  • JamiT2 commented on DragonB2's instructable Taking Care of Australian Spiny Leaf Insects9 months ago
    Taking Care of Australian Spiny Leaf Insects

    New question DB. My friend's Spiney is still twitching and/or flexing her legs and tail. Today is day 4 since she initially lied down. Oh, and I got a little more info on that too. It wasn't a "gentle laying down" as I thought. He (my friend is) was spraying the cage, the same type that you show, as usual, and she seemed to have a seizure type thing happen. That's when she ended up on the floor of the cage. How long do they twitch and/or flex like that?? She's not really red, but a darker brown and looks nothing like a raisin. She's still plumpish. Is there any way she might come out of this stage. Still not eating or drinking. He hates the thought of doing anything with her until he knows for absolutely sure she's dead.

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  • JamiT2 commented on DragonB2's instructable Taking Care of Australian Spiny Leaf Insects9 months ago
    Taking Care of Australian Spiny Leaf Insects

    DB,Thanks for the advice. Right now my friend doesn't know if she's still alive at this point. She's just laying on her side and only moves her legs a bit when gently blown on. She won't/can't eat or drink. My friend doesn't know if when he blows on her if it's just a reflex. He also said she seems to be having this movement more today, but says that it could be wishful thinking on his part. Her tail is still curled up like it usually is though. I have a video, but can't seem to upload it. If you have a Facebook account, I could show you so you could maybe tell if we should give up or not. She's such a cool critter, I'd hate to give up on her too soon.

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  • JamiT2 commented on Jugglebug's instructable How to keep a pet spiny leaf insect9 months ago
    How to keep a pet spiny leaf insect

    I have a friend with a female Australian spiny leaf insect and something really weird happened last night. She just keeled over. She can't stand on her own, and keeps falling over on her side or back. She didn't die, but is now leaking a brown fluid from the tip of her tail and out of one "elbow" on a front leg. Do you have any idea of what this could be. She's about 5-6 months old, has had 5 molts, and has been eating very well. Her usual diet is blackberry leaves, but has recently had rose leaves that have had no pesticides.

    I have a friend with a female Australian spiny leaf insect and something really weird happened last night. She just keeled over. She can't stand on her own, and keeps falling over on her side or back. She didn't die, but is now leaking a brown fluid from the tip of her tail and out of one "elbow" on a front leg. Do you have any idea of what this could be. She's about 5-6 months old, has had 5 molts, and has been eating very well. Her usual diet is blackberry leaves, but has recently had rose leaves that have had no pesticides.

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  • JamiT2 commented on DragonB2's instructable Taking Care of Australian Spiny Leaf Insects9 months ago
    Taking Care of Australian Spiny Leaf Insects

    I have a friend with a female Australian spiny leaf insect and something really weird happened last night. She just keeled over. She can't stand on her own, and keeps falling over on her side or back. She didn't die, but is now leaking a brown fluid from the tip of her tail and out of one "elbow" on a front leg. Do you have any idea of what this could be. She's about 5-6 months old, has had 5 molts, and has been eating very well. Her usual diet is blackberry leaves, but has recently had rose leaves that have had no pesticides.

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