Phasmid Care Sheet

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PSG 190 Phasma reinwardtii

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Foodplants This species will usually eat: Oak, Bramble, Eucalyptus, Hazel
Cage Requirements
  • Cage should be at least 57 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 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 like to catapult or fling their ova (eggs) so you may hear some hitting the cage sides, but most will end up on the floor eventually. 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 6 months
Ova Success Rate 40-60%
Months to Maturity 6 months
Lifespan 8 months to 1 year
Notes Difficulty mainly comes with moults of larger individuals where they can easily lose limbs or moult with damage from touching other objects due to their large size and fragile legs.
Difficulty Rating* Quite difficult
Any Warnings*

* 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.