Indian Stick Insects As Pets
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Indian Stick Insects As Pets

The Indian stick insect has become a very popular pet. Stick insects have been kept as pets for decades. They are very interesting to watch. If they feel threatened they will imitate twigs and dorop to the ground. They are easy to care for. They are usually pretty happy as long as you keep food for them to eat. They need food available 24 hours aday.

Stick insects are becoming popular as pets and the Indian stick insect is great for beginners.  They are not difficult to care for and they are fascinating to watch.  Sick insects have been kept in captivity of decades.  They have a tendency to be nocturnal but you will also see them moving around during the day.

Their color is from dull green to brown and they have red marks on the inside of their forelegs.  These red markings help keep them safe from predators.  They will also lie on the ground and look like a stick.

Once the threat has passed the Indian stick insect will stand up and sway like a twig being blown in the breeze.  The adults will grow to be about 4 inches long.

The Indian stick insect likes a tall terrarium with plenty of room for climbing.  Minimum size for their home should be 121x18x12 inches.  The 18 inches has to be the height.  Stick insects need enough room to molt.  When they molt they hang upside down and shed their existing skin.  A 4 inch stick insect will thrive in an 18 inch tall home.  The must have plants to climb.

You can use an aquarium for their home if you wish.  You will have to change the hood because they need a top that has ventilation.  A mesh hood that is well fitted for security would be very good.  Glass and acrylic aquariums are both good.

The Indian stick insect is usually pretty happy and they usually do not need heat mats or bulbs.  For proper humidity, you should mist the leaves provided for feeding.    If you cannot maintain a room temperature of 70 to 80 degrees, you will need artificial heating.  Heat mats used for lizards will work the best.

Newspaper is great for the flooring and it can be removed for easy cleaning.  You can use damp peat, bark, moss and leaves also.

The Indian stick insect prefers to be fed privet and a diet of bramble will work and it is easier to get.  You can grow your own bramble.  To grow bramble take a plant with its roots attached, and put it in some compost.   You can trim off what you need for feeding.  Do not use toxic fertilizer of the plants.

You can collect your own bramble but you must was it thoroughly before you feed it.  Watch for spider eggs and bird droppings, as they are harmful.  Do not feed the young shoots.  You must have food available 24 hours a day.  Fresh food is important to keep your pet healthy.  Replace the bramble every couple of days.  When it is in the terrarium, it should be in water.  Make sure your pet cannot fall in the water.  Some people root the bramble in moist peat to eliminate the risk of the pet drowning.

Stick insects are easy to tame and handle but I must be done with care as they are delicate and their legs will break easily.

Stick insects make great pets and they are getting very popular.

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Comments (4)

Thanks for sharing voted

I have kept pet walking stick insects. We started off with 9, after a couple of years we had 300, at that point we sold them all to a pet store.

I think it would be great to have some as a pet. Thank you for this informative article.

I am looking for live Indian stick insects. Where could I find these?