Buying pet stick insects

Buying a pet stick insect

Stick insects make great pets. They are fascinating, educational and quite easy to keep, however, there are a few things you will need to consider before buying one.


  • You will need a suitable enclosure. You can either make this yourself or purchase
    Buying a pet stick insect

    Spiny Leaf Insect – one of the most popular species

    one. Good ventilation and surfaces that can be climbed easily are important features. Mesh enclosures are ideal for most stick insects.

  • You will need to provide fresh foliage for your stick insect on a regular basis. Different species require different species of plants to eat. It is very important to make sure that you have that particular plant
    Buying a pet stick insect

    Crowned Stick Insect – one of the easiest species to keep.

    available before making your purchase.

  • Most species don’t cope well with temperature extremes; they don’t like getting too hot or too cold. They shouldn’t be set up in direct sunlight where they could overheat. They should not be kept somewhere that gets freezing cold during winter.
Australian Leaf Insect

Australian Leaf Insect – one of the most prized species in captivity.


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Peppermint stick insect

Peppermint Stick Insect – a species with special dietry requirements. It just eats Pandanus leaves.

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