Phasmid Care Sheet

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PSG 299 Pseudophasma subapterum

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Foodplants This species will usually eat: Privet, Lonicera, Plantago
Cage Requirements
  • Cage should be at least 17 cm tall
  • Room temperature
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 3-4 months.
Ova Success Rate Very high success rate.
Months to Maturity Males 3 months, females 3.5 months and start laying 3-4 weeks after.
Notes Ova are best kept on paper towel with dry forest moss over them and lightly misted once a week.This species likes to drink so daily misting is recommended. They appreciate bark standing up against the cage wall as they like to hide behind it.Young nymphs in particular congregate close together behind the bark.They tend to make a run for it during cage cleaning and can move fast so keep an eye out for escapees.
Difficulty Rating* Very easy
Any Warnings* Chemical defence spray

* 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.