Stick insects have become increasingly popular to keep as pets. They are fascinating to watch and quite easy to care for. They are also quite delicate, so require gentle and careful handling.
There are well over 2,500 types of stick insect, but the Indian or Laboratory (Carausias Morosus) is the most popular . Stick insects are available from specialist breeders and pet shops.
Stick insects can be kept with other stick insects, but not with other types of insects. Overcrowding should be avoided. In fact stick insects could eat each other if too many are placed together. They need a large, well ventilated house, such as a vivarium, which should be placed out of direct sunlight. The base of the home should be lined with paper. The paper should be changed once a week.
Stick insects live for around 12 months.
Stick insects will feed on bramble leaves and privet. The leaves should be sprayed daily with water and be fixed to a twig. The leaves should be placed in a pot of water, which should be covered to prevent the stick insects drowning. It is important that leaves contain no trace of pesticides, as this could prove fatal to your stick insects.
Stick insects often lose a limb for a variety of reasons. They can survive with three legs. Stick insects grow by shedding their skin. They need adequate space to shed their skins in their tank.