Tuesday 31st March
Common Name: Giant Prickly Stick Insect
Scientific Name: Extatosoma tiaratum
Status: Captive Bred
Food: Bramble, Oak, Eucalyptus, Rose
Female huge, with large curled abdomen and a spiky body. Males can fly short distances, both sexes have leaf like projections on their legs, brown in colour.
How I keep mine
I keep my Giant Prickly stick insects in a large Exo Terra glass terrarium, a tall tank is more important than a wide one, as they need space to moult their skins. I have a layer of peat or coir on the floor (3-4cm) to provide humidity and somewhere to lay their eggs. I feed them Bramble and other suitable food plants once or twice a week in a jar of water, with tissue around the rim to prevent downing. They are fairly easy to keep, I spray them once a day with tepid water. I have a light on the terrarium during the day but I am not sure this is strictly necessary.
Giant Prickly Stick Insect (Extatosoma tiaratum) Nymph
- Product Code: 1071
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