If you’re not frightened by creepy crawlies, the spiny leaf insect might be the perfect pet for you.

Here are some tips and facts on owning this unique Australia species of stick insect – The spiny leaf insect

1. Spiny leaf insects and stick insects are phasmids. Phasmids are generally insects that eat leaves while resembling the appearance of leaves or sticks.

2. You can buy these insects at some pet stores or from wildlife or bug organisations.

3. It is best for the spiny leaf insect to have a vertical aquarium to live in.

4. To take care of your spiny leaf insect, feed them fresh eucalyptus leaves every two to three days, which can be left in a vase of water in their aquarium. Spray water on the leaves twice daily.

5. Males can fly and can live up to eight months; females can’t fly, but can grow to over 30cm and live 10 months longer than males.

6. If your female spiny leaf insect lays eggs it’s best to lay them over some river sand in a container and spray them with water every three days. Eggs can sometimes take up to two years to hatch.

Common names for the Spiny Leaf Insect include the Giant Prickly Stick Insect, Spiny Leaf insect, Macleay’s Spectre or the Australian Walking Stick  The Spiny Leaf Insect is a large species of stick insect endemic to Australia.

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