One of our favorite adventures is going to the Magic Valley Exotic Pet Expo (formerly the Twin Falls Reptile Expo) in October, where I sell my journals featuring all kinds of critters. (It is the one place where I never get that "ewwww!" reaction when people see tarantulas or snakes or...hissing cockroaches on my artwork! It's one of my favorite events. You can find more info on their facebook page here:
This year we brought home some new friends - some Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches! I have actually loved these little critters since I held one at the age of 12 during a trip to Washington DC - my favorite thing was the bug zoo, and holding Charlie the Hissing Cockroach was a highlight of the entire trip.
Tonight after doing all the small pet chores, I noticed this cockroach was doing a bit of undressing. (Scandalous! ;)) It was fascinating to watch them discard the old exoskeleton and emerge bright white. They will go back to the regular deep brown and black color as the new exoskeleton hardens. Cool!
We got our friends from the Buggin Out Crew, who can be found on facebook here:
Julie's Tip Jar: