Indian Stick Insects not moulting

Ash Starling

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I have 3 Indian stick insects (all female). One of which has moulted 4 times in it's life (3 times in my care) and the remaining two have not moulted once. It has been 6/8 weeks now and I am getting very worried. The temperature is fine and they are eating well. The two are green and the older one is brown. What should I do???
 

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I’d recommend you’d wait, no reason to worry. She may just be taking a little time, this is normal. Some phasmids mature after 4-5 moly’s and it’s very possible you or your supplier may have missed a couple of molts.

Pics may help us decide whether it’s mature yet,
 

Ash Starling

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The brown big one is the one that has moulted multiple times. One of the two that have not moulted has 5 legs (since I got her) and she has grown that leg significantly but has not moulted (the leg is not fully grown). The last one has no antennae since she lost them 3/4 weeks later.
I am 13 yrs old and a first-time insect owner. I am probably worrying over nothing but in 4/5 day's time, maybe sooner, I am going to take them on a 5-ish hour journey. I do not want them to moult then because I know the dangers. I really care for them... I know they are just insects but they are cute and I want them to live their full lives.
 

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If the one started out with 5 legs and now has 6 but the leg is smaller, it has indeed molted. Insects only regenerate missing parts by molting. So you must have just missed it. Nothing to worry about :)
 

Ash Starling

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If the one started out with 5 legs and now has 6 but the leg is smaller, it has indeed molted. Insects only regenerate missing parts by molting. So you must have just missed it. Nothing to worry about :)
Thank you soooo much!!! When I found out they sometimes eat their skin... I knew one day I would miss a moult. Thank you this has really helped!!!
 
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