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Insect Care Sheet
insects are living creatures and should be looked after properly.
do best in a cage which is tall and airy (with two mesh
Stick insects eat bramble/blackberry leaves.
insects like company and should be kept in small groups instead of on
Choose your stick insect species with care- always select a
harmless species rather than a dangerous one.
All the stick insects
supplied by Small-Life Supplies are harmless and safe to
cage is great for keeping stick insects. It is tall and airy. You can
easily see the stick insects through the clear plastic panels.
get into the cage by lifting off the lid and then sliding up one of the mesh
The ELC cage can house up to twenty Indian stick insects, or up
to six Thailand stick insects or up to six New Guinea stick
You can mix different types of stick
insect in the same cage.
Height 51cm, 20", Width 36.5cm,
14½", Depth 27.5cm, 10¾"
The ELC cage is supplied ready
assembled. It is manufactured in the UK and made from strong plastic.
ELC cage with Thailand stick insect adults
insects eat bramble (blackberry) leaves. These leaves can be found all year in
areas sheltered by long grass, for example woods, disused railway lines, and
Place the cut stems into a Sprig Pot of water.
Mist the leaves every few days with cold tap water. Avoid wetting the stick
Some stick insects (for example the
New Guinea and the Sabah varieties) need to drink more water and so provide a
shallow Water Dish for them.
should be kept in clean surroundings and so every week, replace the
Liner at the bottom of the cage with a fresh one.
"substrates" such as vermiculite, earth, sand or bark chippings because these
trap the eggs of the stick insects and the small granules can clog up the
sticky pads on the stick insects' feet.
stick insects lay a few eggs every day and so it is essential not to save too
many because you may then have too many baby stick insects to cope with. In the
wild stick insects lay so many eggs because most are destroyed by water or
eaten. You can mimic nature by tipping the contents of the Liner into a bowl
and pouring water on top. Hot water acts the fastest and will stop the eggs
from developing. Put the eggs that you do save into a QBOX and wait for
them to hatch a few months later (the incubation time depends on the species).
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