There are over 2500 different species of stick insect already identified and probably many more still to be discovered. They can grow up to 33cm in length.
Most stick insects are found in tropical parts of the world, however there are now some species established in the southwest part of Britain. These are thought to have been introduced on plants brought from New Zealand in the early 1900’s. It is against the law to release stick insects into the wild deliberately.
Stick Insects appeal to people of all ages, and they can be accommodated in a house or a flat as they take up very little space.
Although stick insects do not become tame the unusual shapes and colours offer a fascinating insight into the natural world.
Housing your Pet
The ideal housing would be a plastic tank with a secure fitting lid. The tank must be deep enough to allow your stick insect to hang vertically as they need to do this when they shed their skin. As they are not particularly messy, kitchen roll or paper make a suitable base for the tank.
Stick Insects must not get too cold, normal room temperature is usually sufficient, however take care in winter that they do not get too cold. If this happens you may need to place the tank on a heat pad.
Feeding your Pet
They will feed on green (not yellow or variegated) privet or bramble. Be careful to avoid plants, which have been sprayed with chemicals. Moisten the leaves daily with a fine spray, but be careful not to leave large drops of water as your stick insect could drown.