Tuesday 31st March
Common Name : Giant Thorny Stick Insect
Scientific Name : Trachyaretaon brueckneri
Size : Nymph
Status : Captive Bred
The females of this species are huge, up to 13cm long, the males are slightly smaller. Both sexes are wingless, brown and spiky.
These stick insects feed on Bramble
Sizes shown are average length from head to tip of abdomen, including ovipositor, but not antennae.
Stick insects are generally sent as a male and female pair, or single male. If you require a single female please telephone to check availability (unless I have a surplus of females a male will be sent). It is not possible to sex nymphs from all species.
How I keep mine
I keep my Giant Thorny stick insects just like any other traditional 'stick like' stick insects, even though they are a large bulky species. They are very easy to keep and don't have any special requirements. Like all stick insects they must hang upside down to moult successfully and they therefore require a cage that is tall rather than long. I find a fish tank with a lid is good, it doesn't need to be a new one as there is no need for it to be water-tight. A lot of people throw out old tanks and it is easy enough to make a lid with netting. A tank turned on its end works well. I place a heat mat on the back or side of the tank and put peat, coir or vermiculite on the base. The substrate helps maintain moisture and these stick insects also lay their eggs in it. Once again, a more expensive option for housing is an Exo-Terra vivarium. They are super cages for keeping a large range of pet bugs.
I feed the stick insects mostly feed on bramble but they also seem to enjoy a little Oak (evergreen Oak in the winter), ivy and rose. I place the stems in a jar of water and put tissue around the neck of the jar so that they don't drown themselves. I change the food once or twice a week and top up the water in the jar as necessary. I spray the stick insects with tepid water each day if I feel they need it but I do try to keep the tank humid by covering some of the ventilation in the lid with a plastic sheet/cling film. I find this is most important during the winter when the radiators are on and they can dry out the room.
Giant Thorny Stick Insect (Trachyaretaon brueckneri) Nymph
- Product Code: 146
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