Where to Buy Stick Insects

Not every local pet store stocks stick insects, but if you ask then usually they can put some on order. However, if you are looking for one of the rarer species, or are seeking a high level of advice and support, then an entomological dealer could be the way to go. Entomology is the scientific [...]

Identifying the Insect Species

This site focuses on introducing insects that make great pets such as the giant millipede, praying mantis, walking stick insect and green leaf insect. However, once you get into the hobby of keeping insects it is very common to start investigating the insecta class more broadly and become quite fascinated with identifying all manner of [...]

All About the Giant Millipede

The giant millipede is known by various names, often incorrectly spelt as “milipede” it also commonly referred to as a “jungle train” or in the case of the Giant African Millipede (Archispirostreptus gigas) a “Chongololo.” There are some millipede facts that we should deal with before discussing what great pets giant millipedes make…
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Introducing the Green Leaf Insect

Appearance
The green leaf insect, also known as walking leaves, is even more of a camouflage expert than the stick insect. The detail of its camouflage is one of the most amazing things, with the body outline made up of frayed brown edges just like a leaf that has fallen from a tree.
Taxonomy and History
The Phasmatodea [...]

Are Indian Stick Insects Good Pets?

Indian Stick Insects are certainly the most commonly kept of the thousands of stick inset species, and there are just under a hundred species available as pets. This article will discuss some of the most common. For some of the rarer species you will need to contact specialist entomological dealers, or your local insect study [...]

How to Breed Stick Insects

Breeding stick insects is made easier with a lot of species, such as the Indian Stick Insect, because they breed without the need for mating (parthenogenesis). You may end up with more insects than you bargained for even if you just purchase a lone female! With both species that require mating and those that don’t, [...]

Stick Insect Care Tips

Fundamental to stick insect care is keeping your pet’s housing clean. If you use newspaper as substrate then this is relatively easily, but if you have opted for bark, moss, or peat then it can involve a bit more work. You need to make sure that all the droppings are removed, and of course take [...]

What is the best stick insect food?

Blackberry. That’s it! In captivity most stick insects will do just fine on a diet of blackberry leaves, also known as bramble. Stick insect food in the wild is pretty varied, but as pets they do very well on a bramble diet. And the best thing is that you should be able to find bramble [...]

Stick Insect Anatomy 101

Zoologists are scientists that study the animal kingdom, and they classify stick insects within a group known as Phasmatodea. From stick insect anatomy, through to examining their living habits, zoologists cover it all. Phasma is the Latin for ghost, and the animals classified as Phasmatodea are insects with excellent camouflage skills.
Stick insects have the natural [...]

Keeping Stick Insects

The techniques to keeping stick insects will vary depending on the species selected. For example, the size of your insect will determine the size of housing required. Without sufficient space stick insects have difficulty molting. Since a successful molt requires enough space for the insect to hang upside down and shed the existing skin, the [...]

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