Short care sheet for Giant Prickly Stick Insect (Extatosoma tiaratum):
Origin: Australia/New Guinea
Size: up to 15 cm (females, males are significantly smaller and slender)
Temperature: can be kept at room temperatures (and up to 30C)
Difficulty Level: Easy
One of the most well known species of Stick Insects in captive culture as it is very easy to keep and breed, they can reproduce in two ways – sexual and parthenogenetic. Females are large, bulky and wingless, males are slender and winged, so this is super easy to distinguish them even for beginners.
Giant Prickly Stick Insect are feeding on wide range of different plants – Blackberry, Raspberry, Bramble, Oak, Rose, Hazel and Eucalyptus.
Females are just dropping eggs on the ground (throwing them away like a sling) where they can be collected and moved to separate container for incubation. Incubation time is 4-6 months (temperature – 25C) for fertilised eggs meanwhile for parthenogenetic eggs it can be up to 12 months. Important remark – we are selling fertilised eggs only!
Young nymphs are strong enough to feed on any plant species from the list, but to make their life a bit easier you can cut leaves edges.
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