Short care sheet for Thorny Stick Insect (Aretaon asperrimus “Sabah”):
Size: up to 8 cm (females, males are smaller)
Temperature: can be kept at room temperatures
Difficulty Level: Easy
Very uncommon by its look and very calm species that will never run away in stress or attack you like Giant Spiny Stick Insect (Eurycantha calcarata). Easy to keep, feeds on wide range of plants (Bramble, Raspberry, Oak, Ivy). Need high humidity – vivarium should be sprayed daily and contain wet substrate (cocos, peat moss and soil mix can be used) for breeding purposes.
Thorny Stick Insect is sexually reproducing species and that means that you will need both sexes for successful breeding. Females are noticeable bigger and have sturdy body with ovipositor in the end of their abdomen, so you will never be confused.
Hatching rate is good, but as males/females ration is unpredictable it is recommended to take 20 eggs if it is your first experience.
Females will be deposit eggs into moist substrate, they should be collected and incubated in the same conditions for about 3-4 months (temperature – 20-23C).
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