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Stick Insect

Stick Insect Pet Profile

Size Up to 5.5. inches (14 cm)
Lifespan 1-2 years
Active During the night
Food Bramble leaves, oak leaves and other leaves
How to keep them Terrarium
Number of animals At least two animals

Stick Insect Photo: David W. Leindecker/Shutterstock

Stick Insect Characteristics

Stick bugs are part of the phasmid family, and look like little sticks. They come in a range of shapes and sizes. Giant stick insects, for example, are bright turquoise and really huge. They're over eight inches (20 cm) long. Just like leaf insects, stick insects are completely harmless and easy to keep. These animals might not live long but if you look after them properly, you can enjoy the next generation.

Please note: stick insects are not cuddly pets. They don’t like being picked up or carried. These animals are, however, great to watch.


You can find out more about this animal in our Stick Insect Facts.

Stick Insect Photo: Kathy Clark/Shutterstock

How to Keep Them

Terrarium: at least 16 x 24 x 16 inches (40 x 60 x 40 cm) cm for 10 animals (W x H x D)

The terrarium must have a humidity level of 60-70%. They mostly feed on bramble leaves, which you can simply collect from wild plants.

Stick Insect Photo: Brian Lasenby/Shutterstock



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