Stick insects – Unusual Pets
Insects rarely kept as Pets. For some it is difficult to care, others look too unattractive. But the stick is another matter. In fact, they are most common among insects contained in the home. If you want to have a stick, you may find it at the pet store or the lover of exotic animals. Most stick insects come from tropical regions of Central and South America, Australia, Asia and Africa. In Europe and North America are inhabited by only few species.
It is best to buy stick insects . while they are still in the larval stage, but has already hosted several rope’s end. Make sure that all six legs of the insect intact and the whole body looks healthy. Ask the person from whom you bought it, about the rules of care for these insects. To take the stick insects home with you in a plastic box with a few holes in the lid for air. Inside the box place a few plants that stick insects could eat. Eventually they will need permanent housing.
This home can be rented tank with a special lid that allows access of air. Make sure the stick insects will be spacious enough. In close quarters they can’t feed themselves and can start to fight among themselves.
The ideal food for most stick insects will be currant leaves; some also eat the leaves of the Privet and rhododendron.Keep the leaves moist with a spray bottle for spraying plants. In addition, put in the aquarium a few sprigs that stick insects could climb on them. Some stick insects need to drink, so they constantly have to be in a shallow saucer of fresh water.
Paper covering on the bottom of the aquarium to maintain the cleanliness need to be changed twice a week. If you would like to care for stick insects, they live in your aquarium put all the life — from one month to one year. With luck they may even lay eggs, thereby ensuring a generational change.
Remember that the stick must be taken in hand very carefully. The largest can be lifted by gently holding your fingers on the sides of the breast of the insect. Remove them from the twig or leaf to be very careful not to damage the legs. Some stick insects, jungle nymphs . very strong legs, and body are sharp protrusions, so if you inadvertently squeeze it, you can hurt till it bleeds. Some species of stick insects have glands that produce a foul-smelling liquid. If this fluid gets into the eyes, it can cause painful irritation and even temporary blindness.
Males winged species of stick insect wings are usually larger than females, the female body is shorter and thicker.
Some stick insects reproduce by parthenogenesis, which means that the males play no role in the birth of progeny.