Phasmid Care Sheet

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PSG 23 Eurycantha calcarata

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Foodplants This species will usually eat: Bramble, Hawthorn, Ivy, Oak, Rose
Cage Requirements
  • Cage should be at least 38 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 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 9 months
Ova Success Rate 61-80%
Months to Maturity 18 months
Lifespan 12 months
Notes Eurycantha calcarata are nocturnal and adult males can be aggressive and can pinch your hands with their back legs. Need substrate to hide beneath at night - or they try to hide in water pot and drown. A small paper bag, flower pot or kitchen roll tube works well for this.
Difficulty Rating* Easy
Any Warnings* 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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