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Exotic Pets: Stick Insect

Stick insects have several. First of all the order to which they belong is known as either Phasmatodea or Phasmida. Then they are called stick insects in Europe and Australasia, but walking sticks or stick-bugs in America and Canada. Somealso get called phasmids, leaf insects and ghost insects. Needlessto say, most of them look like twigs, sticks or leaves. The majority of stick insects come from South East Asia, but they are plentiful in numerous tropical climates including Australia and the southern states of America. Most of the stick insects that are kept as pets are Indian (or Laboratory) stick insects and they grow to about four inches long and live for around a year. There are very exotic species of stick insect like the Vietnamesethorny stick insect and the pink-winged flying stick insect, but they are more difficult to keep. It is better to start with the Indian common form. They will live quite happily in a vivarium, which is an tank for reptiles and insects. Except for offering fresh food and water from time to time and taking out old food, there is no maintenance needed for these creatures. They will require a relatively warm climate but that is not a problem to arrange with a heater, a thermostat and a timer. Food is not difficult for common stick insects, The most common foods given are privet and lettuce, but they also like ivy, oak, bramble, blueberry and raspberry. You have to placed enough of these plants in the vivarium to provide cover for the inhabitants so that they do not feel out in the open and at risk but not so much that you never get sight of them. Make certain that there are plenty of air holes in the vivarium, but for the sake of security, they should be covered with fly screen or netting, becausethese creatures can wriggle through small apertures. The tanks ought to be maintained at 70Fduring the day and 60Fat night with moderate humidity. They may be allowed to forage for food at will, but be particular that the water supply is very shallow, becausethey been known to drop in and drown. You will be surprised to learn that the overwhelming majority of Indian stick insects are female, but that they do not require a male to have fertile eggs. Young become capable of laying eggs after their sixth moult, all of which moults they eat. Stick insects can lay hundreds of eggs which just fall down among the leaves on the floor of the vivarium. If you want to hatch them out, spray a little water on them to replicate light rain and they ought to hatch. If you do not want to be troubled with them, burn the contents of the tank after the last adult has passedaway. You might need a license to keep stick insects, especially in the United States.. 1

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Exotic Pets - Stick Insects  

The basics of taking care of stick insects