Phasmid Care Sheet

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Species

PSG 308 Onchestus rentzi

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Foodplants This species will usually eat: Eucalyptus, Bramble, Lilly pilly, Acacia
Cage Requirements
  • Cage should be at least 26 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 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 4-8 months
Ova Success Rate 60-80%
Months to Maturity 6 months
Lifespan 12-14 months
Notes May 'play dead' when handled or will give wing rattling display. Lichen forms are true genetic forms, not influenced by diet. Other colour variants are noted - Green juveniles are usually males. Keep ova lightly moistened on sieved peat moss. Light water spray once a month for best hatch rate.
Difficulty Rating* Easy
Any Warnings* None
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.

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