I knew when I decided to take on Extatosoma tiaratum that they weren't a long-term pet when compared to most other pets but it is a bittersweet moment having realized just how old Firma is. So far he's lived a wonderful life with me and has been an absolute joy to know and care for but I'll certainly miss him.
I still have Gaia's enclosure up, although it is sat empty. I haven't had the heart to take it down and honestly don't know what to do with it. I love these large mesh nets, they're fantastic for some stick insects but I'm not really sure I want to get another species that can live in this type of ventilated enclosure as they're all usually very prolific.
I'll have to do some research and see what I can come up with.
I also received a small Exo Terra terrarium (20 x 20 x 30cm) for my birthday which will be going to my Extatosoma tiaratum nymphs (once they hatch...) that I'll be observing for info about their camouflage reflex. Relevent documentation and an article will follow, I assure you.
I have plenty of stuff to do for the future but right now I feel like my internal life (internal meaning away from the minute amount of stuff I do in the outside world) is lacking. Something's been missing and I just can't figure out what it is. I do what I can to maintain my physical and mental health as well as having a very strong spiritual life but there is something that just... isn't there.
Who knows, maybe my lovely sticks will help me figure it out in time.