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Giant Prickly Stick Insect CB21

Giant Prickly Stick Insect CB21

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The scientific name for this stick is Extatosoma Tiaratum. Common names are E.T., Macleys Spectre, Giant Prickly Stick, or Australian Stick. These are a large stick insect, with an abdomen the size of a thumb, and a circumference to fill your palm. They rock when blown on, or are sprayed, and will walk on people willingly. They look like a scorpion in body shape.

Housing

You can raise Aussies in glass, screen, or plastic. Temperatures between 20-30, ceramics can be used if the temperatures drop below this. 

 

Food

Eucalyptus is their natural food, and wild blackberries are probably the most used food in the US and England. Oak leaves can also be used and may have the benefit of hardening the eggshells. Aussies will eat Salal, Primrose, raspberry, and rose, but unlike Indian Sticks, Ivy is left uneaten. Avoid the new growth blackberry leaves; they can be fatal to young Aussies, instead use the more mature dark green leaves. Some keepers feed frozen Oak leaves when other food is not available, and Romaine lettuce. Rose leaves from a florist typically have pesticides which cannot be washed off, we recommend you do not use them.

 

Humidity is not needed at high levels but helps with moulting. Good ventilation is needed to keep them happy, Exo Terra Terrariums work well for these insects. A daily spray on their food leaves will keep them happy.