Sunday, May 30, 2010
Update on Rat and Sticks
I try to let her out in the evenings when I'm on the computer, and she runs freely on our desks. She has an annoying habit of running across the keyboard, clicking keys randomly with each step, and she pees on my mouse EVERY time she passes by, which is very often. I understand that it's a sign of affection, of comfort, perhaps of marking her familiar territory, but I find this just too annoying, so I hope she will grow out of this habit.
We have bought her a larger cage, which is multilevel so she can climb. We have come to realize that she would really benefit from having a friend. I hope to contact the pet store soon. When we bought Sam, who was a beautiful gold/beige colour, I was really attracted to a black and white curly-haired baby rat. So I am hoping there is a chance a few more curly haired ones will be born, and if so, I would be happy to wait for one of those. And yes, I'm not so naive that I don't know that most of the rats born there are destined to be a meal for a pet snake, but that's life, and I will still buy my curly-haired baby rat from them.
"Rats Make Great Pets", and since sadly it didn't work out with her 3 boy rats, I think we'll be seeing a lot more about Sam on Andrea's blog in future.
As for our stick bug colony, they are doing fine, and still multiplying. I have no large egg-laying females at the moment, but some of the eggs stuck to the top and back of the cage must still be hatching, since I have all sizes of walking sticks, including some hatchlings. I may have finally squished that spider that was hiding in the back corner of the cage, and taking an occasional stick bug. At least I haven't seen him recently.
Click here for previous posts about the walking stick bugs.