Today at Nature Club once again not much was done because Mr. Holland arrived late. All that happened was that the few people who turned up held Grumpy and the Stick Insects.
Today at Nature Club we changed the stick insects bramble, discussed stick insect reproduction and checked on the other animals.
Firstly we noticed that all of the bramble had withered because there was no water left. Now that we have more bramble the water is used up much more quickly. To solve this problem what we will do is change the bramble on Fridays and Mondays and on Tuesdays refill the water by using a funnel and tube. Most of the stick insects are now fully grown and therefore it will not be long before they start to reproduce. Today we discussed how they do this, for more information go to http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_do_stick_insects_reproduce.
The animals are all fine and today we sprayed Grumpy’s moss.
Additional Information- Today we reached 1000 views on this blog which is very impressive.
Today’s Attendance was 9
Today at Nature Club we held the stick insects and restarted work on our eco-column.
Today we held the stick insects were held again. We had a few more races and then ended up putting them on people’s heads. Recently more people seem to want to handle the stick insects, this is good however we must we make sure they are not taken outside.
After our pond was frozen over the weekend we finally restarted work on our eco-column now that we have more bacteria for the pond. Today we cleaned out the remains of the old pond and filled it with new water and bacteria. Our next task will be to start work on our bog for the carnivorous plants. We now have a page about our current projects and this contains a page about the eco-column, this is still a work in progress so there is nothing on it yet.
The rest of the animals seem fine. The fish tank is still clean, the crickets are still making lots of noise and grumpy still seems happy.
Today’s Attendance was 11
Today at Nature Club we again did not do much and mainly focussed on the stick insects.
Today we once again raced and cleaned out the stick insects. When cleaning them out we took all the stick insects out their enclosure and put them in their old enclosure, which was being used as a holding pen. We then cleaned all the poo out the bottom and changed the water. We then got a lot of bramble from the forest for them. Most of them are now fully grown, you can tell this because they will have red bits at the top of their legs. Because they are fully grown they will no longer regrow legs if they come off, so we now have to be slightly more careful when handling them.
We held Grumpy again today and she/he still seems to be doing fine. The crickets are still making noise however we do not yet know if they have started to reproduce.
Today’s Attendance was 8
Today at Nature Club we did not do much. We checked all the animals are all right and had stick insects races.
Today we had stick insect races. These included sprints, long distance and multi terrain. This is good for the stick insects because they do not get handled very often and we were handling about 6 today. Most of them are now full size but some are still growing and these were generally a bit slower.
The crickets were again making lots of noise and we sprayed them. Grumpy is also looking fine after her recent shedding. She has lots of crickets in her enclosure so that she will not go hungry. Also, we sprayed her moss.The fish tank is looking nice and clean after we cleaned it out on Friday.
Today’s Attendance was 8
Today at Nature Club we cleaned out the fish, helped grumpy shed and tried to fill the stick insects’ water.
Today we cleaned out the fish tank. This involved cleaning out the filter and then doing the horrible job of scraping the muck off the sides of the tank with a smart card.
Gecko and Crickets
Today Grumpy was just finishing shedding so to help, Mr. Holland pulled the last bits of skin off her head and her feet. We also fed Grumpy but she still has no sense of hunting as she did not eat the cricket even when it was thrown at her. We then took the polystyrene from the back out to clean it and to get crickets out from behind it. When we did this we discovered that it was full of crickets in little holes which they had made. In the Cricket Enclosure we have put some bramble which they seem to enjoy.
Today we noticed that the jam jar containing the stick insects bramble did not have much water left in it. However, as we could not be bothered to take all the bramble Mr. Holland tried to pour water from the top of the enclosure into the jam jar. This failed badly and resulted in water all over the bottom of the tank. Therefore we had to do an emergency dry up of the tank with some paper towels.
Some information on the care of Leaf Insects has now been put on this site under Animals We Might Get. This is because we are considering getting Leaf Insects when I have finished making their tank.
Today’s Attendance was 9
Today at Nature Club we put the stick insects in their new home and decided some plans for the future. Only four people were allowed to go to Nature Club today because of an ISA, so all we were allowed to do was do the stick insects.
Today we were donated a new, tall stick insect enclosure along with an old stick insect. Today we put them I their new home with plenty of bramble. Also we counted them and we still have 28 younger stick insects, which means our total is now 29.
We fed Grumpy today and Mr. Holland thinks that she will be shedding soon. The crickets seem to be doing well and were making lots of noise. The fish will be cleaned out on Friday.
Today we made plans for what we will do. We will be researching crustaceans such as crabs to go in the old stick insects tank. Also we will be researching leaf insects to go in the stick insect enclosure which is still being built. Finally we will be researching amphibians to go in another tank which we will be donated, this tank will be similar to the one we are currently using for crickets.
Today’s Attendance was 5