Phasmid Care Sheet

Species

PSG 270 Peruphasma schultei

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Foodplants This species will usually eat: Privet
Cage Requirements
  • Cage should be at least 17 cm tall
  • Should be partially enclosed, such as one full side of mesh and the rest non-perforated plastic or glass.
  • Room temperature
Misting Spray cage lightly every other day with fine mist of water - just enough for the insects to have a drink and this also helps to keep the humidity up.
Reproduction In this species, both males and females exist and they reproduce sexually, by mating, where the male transfers sperm to the female, which she uses to fertilise her eggs (ova).
Ova This species will drop their ova (eggs) on the floor, so its best to provide paper at the bottom of the cage to help collect the ova for removal for incubation or population control.
Ova Incubation Period 3-6 months
Ova Success Rate 60-80%
Months to Maturity
Lifespan 8 months
Notes Brought into culture by Oskar Conle & Frank Hennemann. Ova can be kept at room temperature. Place on paper towel with dry forest moss over top. Be mindful of mould growth and replace paper towel regularly. Nymphs can easily become trapped and die where there is too much condensation. Nymphs can be kept with adults. If no adults are present, trim off the edges of the foodplants to encourage feeding. Young nymphs can slip and fall into the foodplant's water reservoir. Stand sheets of bark against the back or a side of the cage for them to hide behind or between. When cleaning the cage You can simply remove to bark gently and lean it against something solid, the sticks will stay "hidden" on the bark. Adults can spray a defensive fluid when startled with stings the eyes and tingles in the mouth. It smells like mild vinegar.
Difficulty Rating* Easy
Any Warnings* Chemical defence spray
Disclaimer:

* Please note the warnings and difficulty rating are intended as an indicator only. The warnings are not an exhaustive list and other potentially dangerous behaviour may be exhibited by phasmids that is not listed here. Phasmids are wild creatures and should be treated with respect and handled with caution. Adults should always supervise children when handling phasmids.