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Anonymous asked in PetsOther - Pets · 1 decade ago

Stick Insect Care?

My school are giving stick insects.

Im not sure what type, but I REALLY WAAAANT ONE! =D

Are they easy to care for..?

Oh and I heard somewhere that the females dont need a male [=S] To have BABAYS.. pluss they have about 60!

What would I do with them...?

Oh and our teacher showed us one and it was green...

Sorry that was ment to help you fibd out what breed it was...

=S

Help! =D

Oh what do theuy eeat??

And do they need a mate [2?]

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  • cassy
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago
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    here you go....

    The Care of Stick-Insects

    There are nearly 3 000 species of Stick-Insect (Phasmida) in the world all of which feed exclusively on vegetation, they are one of the most popular forms of insect life to be kept as pets.

    Housing

    In general the more common species of Stick-Insect can be kept together though if you are breeding more difficult species then it pays to use separate cages to create individual requirements.

    Temperature

    Most Sticks come from tropical or semi-tropical environments and are happiest between 75F and 80F, though the common Indian Stick-Insect Carausius morosus and some of its relatives are happy at normal home temperatures of between 60F and 75 F or 24C. Heating is best achieved by maintaining a whole room at the desired temperature, if this is not possible an electric light bulb can be used over small cages. It is important to make sure the Stick-Insects can not reach the light bulb as they will burn them selves on it. A red bulb should be used during the hours of darkness as this disturbs the Sticks far less.

    Cage Construction

    Because most Stick-Insects are long thin animals which hang down from their food plants to shed their skins it is most important that the cage have sufficient height, as a general rule it should be three times as high as the adult length of the Stick-Insects to be kept in it.

    It is also useful to have it so designed that you can easily replace the food plant material whenever it is required taking into consideration that this will mostly be brambles (i.e. spiny rubus sp).

    Humidity

    Not all sticks share a common need for humidity, some species such as Carausius morosus will be happy to live in a fairly open cage whereas others such as Epidares nolimetangere will require an almost if not totally enclosed cage with around 80% relative humidity. Regardless of this all Sticks need water and it is a good policy to thoroughly mist the inside of the cage including all the food plant material each evening before you go to bed or before lights out. Some Stick-Insects such as Haaniella spneed open water in a low bowl to drink, don't be to concerned if they leave their heads under water remember that insect breath threw their thoracic and abdominal spiracles not through their mouths like us. Note also that in some places tap water can harm some species so it doesn't hurt to use either rain water or to let the tap water stand for a day or two.

    Food

    Almost all Stick-Insects eat the leaves of bramble/blackberry and its relatives of the genus rubus and many such as the Indian or Laboratory Stick-Insect Carausius morosus, the Australian or Giant Spiny Stick-Insect Extatosoma tiaratum, the Thorn Legged Stick-Insect Eurycantha calcarata, the Small Spiny Stick-Insect Aretaon assperrimus and the Jungle Nymph Heteropteyx dilatata will also enjoy plants like Oak Quercus sp and Hawthorn Crateagus monogyna. It is important to make sure that your sticks always have plenty of fresh food, and it is often wise to take from sites not to close to major road ways to avoid the poisoning effects of various pollutants, if this is unavoidable then the plant material should be washed before being offered to the Sticks.

    Handling

    Great care should be taken in handling stick insects at all times, remember they are living creatures just like you. some species such as the Indian or Laboratory Stick-Insect Carausius morosusand the Australian or Giant Spiny Stick-Insect Extatosoma tiaratum are relatively sturdy and these should be used when allowing younger children or people who could be frightened to handle the Sticks. Note that some species such as Pink Wings Sipyloidea sipylus tend to lose their legs very easily. Also it should be noted that some species such as the Australian or Giant Spiny Stick-Insect Extatosoma tiaratum, the Jungle Nymph Heteropteyx dilatata and particularly the Thorn Legged Stick-Insect Eurycantha calcarata can and will pinch (with their thorny limbs) and bite if not used to being handled, while other species such as the American Walking Stick Anisomorpha bupestroides and to a lesser extent Pink Wings Sipyloidea sipylus have a defensive chemical spray which in the case of American Walking Stick Anisomorpha bupestroides can cause temporary blindness and considerable pain to an adult.

    Breeding

    A number of species of Stick-Insect are parthenogenetic (i.e. the females lay unfertilised eggs which hatch into females which will also lay unfertilised eggs etc.) such as Indian or Laboratory Stick-Insect Carausius morosus while the majority of species go in for a more normal male female system. All Stick-Insects lay eggs, some just drop them onto the ground, some sick them under tree bark or into crevices and some bury them in the ground. If you keep the burying species such as the Small Spiny Stick-Insect Aretaon assperrimus, the Thorn Legged Stick-Insect Eurycantha calcarata or the Untouchable Stick-Insect Epidares nolimetangere you will need to ensure a container of damp peat, about 2 inches deep in the bottom of the cage once the females are adult. Stick-Insect eggs can take from between 2 months and a year to hatch depending on species, in general the larger species are the ones which take longest though not always.

    You can either not bother cleaning out the cage floor and let the sticks hatch as they want, in this case it is useful to keep some common Woodlice such as Pocellio scaber in the cage to help keep down the fungus. Or you can collect the eggs each time you clean the cage and keep them in separate containers until they hatch. In this case the eggs of the burying species will need to be gently reburied about 1cm deep, and the rest will need to be kept on some absorbent material such as sand, all will need to be kept in a warm place and spraying with moisture occasionally will help, a careful/daily watch should be kept for moulds and attacked ova/eggs removed cleaned an then kept in a separate container.

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    Indian Stick Insect Care

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  • grode
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    each and every component is extraordinarily plenty unfastened, seeing as all you ought to grant them are some brambles or privet leaves which yoou can discover everywhere! you ought to maintain them in water even with the undeniable fact that. (i take advantage of a soaked oasis, or jam jar lined with clingfilm) you cant have any open water via fact then the stickies will probs fall in and die. they are able to be dealt with, yet you dont ought to and that i dont think of they actually savour it. that sized tank could desire to in all probability be high-quality, you in straightforward terms ought to observe out to boil any undesirable eggs, via fact they breed like loopy and its straightforward to get an over inhabitants. the suitable component approximately stick bugs is which you never ought to purchase new ones via fact which you may purely breed them (straightforward and easy, you dont even prefer 2 stickies, one will do!) I even have had stickies via fact that i became approximately 4, they're relatively interesting pets. their cage desires cleansing out weekly even with the undeniable fact that and you ought to maintain a watch to work out in the event that they like extra brambles.

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