Choosing your pet
You can't really inspect a stick up-close for signs of infection, but you can make a pretty good guess about whether or not it is healthy by the way it moves about.
You're likely to find walking sticks with one or two legs missing, as these creatures get injured easily when handled carelessly, so look for the ones that have all six legs intact. If you're lucky enough to find a leaf insect, which is also a phasmid, look carefully to see that its 'leaves' are not torn or cracked.
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