So it’s not cute and cuddly but this creature can make an interesting and rewarding pet – meet the stick insect.


Stick insects belong to the order Phasmida commonly or collectively known as Phasmids. These species are almost exclusively nocturnal, which rely on camouflage to protect themselves from predators. Some 2,600 species have been described worldwide although the estimated number living is expected to be twice this.

Stick insects are remarkably simple creatures to keep in captivity and with a bit of careful maintenance can become interesting and rewarding pets. Unfortunately they do not have a very long life span most species will only live for approximately 12-14 months.

Commonly kept species include:
Indian Stick Insect (Carausius morosus)
Australian Giant Prickly Stick Insects (Extatosoma tiaratum)
Jungle Nymph (Heteroptorexyx dilatata)
Feeding Stick Insects

All Phasmids are herbivorous, they predominately feed on fresh leaves. In the wild, stick insect species feed on specific plants and shrubs. In captivity however most will readily accept bramble leaves.

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