Indian Stick Insect


Current number at Nature Club- 28

History at Nature Club

When we had four fully grown Vietnamese Stick Insects we were donated a baby Indian Stick Insect which we then called David. This was kept with our other stick insects. When it died we had no stick insects left and we were fortunately donated a load of Indian Stick Insect eggs. When these were donated three had already hatched. They were very carefully transported to school in a jam jar wrapped in gloves and a hat, to protect them from the wintry conditions. Fortunately they all made it to school fine and just before the Christmas holidays we counted there to be 11, which at the time we though was phenomenal. We were shocked after the Christmas break to find 28 baby Indian Stick Insects. We now count them regularly and there are still 28. One has escaped but fortunately we found it again.

The Future at Nature Club

As these stick insects grow they will struggle to fit in their small enclosure and therefore the building of a new 60cm tall perspex container is under way. Hopefully this will be complete as soon as possible but unfortunately this could not be until after half term due to skiing. When complete hopefully this container will have an easy poo removal system and a bramble holder.

General Information about Indian Stick Insects

Facts:

  • They are herbivores and eat mainly privet and bramble.
  • They live for about a year and a half in captivity.
  • Fully grown they are about 10cm long and are about 7mm long when born.
  • They are members of the bug class.
  • They mainly live in India, however can be found in almost all tropical regions.

Almost all Indian Stick Insects are female as they are hermaphrodites and are exact replicas of their parent. They grow by shedding their skin and they then often eat this. By the time they have sheded five or six times they will start to lay eggs. These eggs are very small and it can take as long as 9 months for the Stick Insects to hatch.

Keeping Indian Stick Insects is fairly easy as they just need bramble or privet. You can handle them and it will not matter if you drop them because they are used to falling from high trees.

They do not have any natural defences so when intimidated they will either stick their arms and legs parallel with their body to resemble a stick or rock as if they are a stick blowing in the wind. Also, sometimes they may rear up on their rear legs to imitate a praying mantis or curl their tail to imitate a scorpion.

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