Phasmid Care Sheet

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PSG 133 Parectatosoma hystrix

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Foodplants This species will usually eat: Bramble, Hypericum, Salal
Cage Requirements
  • Cage should be at least 23 cm tall
  • Should have at least 2 ventilated sides made from a material such as mesh.
  • Room temperature
Misting This species prefers not to be misted with water.
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 likes to bury their ova (eggs) and so you'll need to provide some small pots of substrate for them to lay into. Suitable substrates might be dry sand or vermiculite.
Ova Incubation Period 5-6 months
Ova Success Rate 40-60%
Months to Maturity Males: 3 months, females: 5 months
Lifespan Males: 4 months, females: 6-7 months
Notes Place ova on paper towel with forest moss over top to help the nymphs emerge. Ova can be kept at room temperature and misted once every 2-3 days. Be mindful of mould growth and replace paper towel regularly. In addition to spraying and pinching, they can also stridulate.
Difficulty Rating* Easy
Any Warnings* Chemical defence spray,Sharp spines

* 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.

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