Keeping stick and leaf insects is very easy and fun. Minibeast Wildlife has has everything you need!

Keeping Stick Insects

Stick and leaf insects (known as phasmids) are herbivorous insects and are masters of camouflage. Australia has over 100 species of these amazing animals, which have evolved into a great range of forms. Some are long and twig like, some knobbly and others look just like leaves. A number of these insects are now available as pets.


Phasmids require the following basic things in captivity :


  • A secure ventilated enclosure
  • A constant supply of fresh leaves – many species eat gum leaves but some require other specific plants.
  • Water – droplets on the leaves.
  • Moderate temperatures avoiding extreme highs and lows.

What you need


Stick insect enclosure

Mesh enclosures are ideal for phasmids as they provide good ventilation and surfaces that they can climb easily.

Fresh leaves

Fresh leaves need to be available for phasmids to feed on at all times. Many species will feed upon gum leaves, while some are more specialised requiring particular species of plants. Learn more in our care guides.

Misting bottle

Misting bottles are the best way to provide water for captive phasmids – in the wild they drink rain and dew drops.

Stick insect keeping care guide

On this care guide, you will find all the information you need to  maintain a safe environment for your pet stick insect.


''Bugs Alive'' - Australia's top guide for invertebrate keeping

Whether you're just beginning or a seasoned keeper, this book offers great advice to improve your skills and aids you to keep your bugs alive and healthy. It covers everything you could ever want to know about keeping more than 90 species of Australia’s most fascinating terrestrial invertebrates, including many phasmids! Its also includes four detailed chapters on housing, diets, health and creating bug displays.

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This is where you can see our entire collection with the availability status for each species we are breeding.