Phasmid Care Sheet

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PSG 326 Trachyaretaon echinatus

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Foodplants This species will usually eat: Bramble, Oak, Ivy, etc.
Cage Requirements
  • Cage should be at least 26 cm tall
  • Should have very little ventilation, such as just a square of mesh and the rest of the cage enclosed.
  • 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 3-5 months.
Ova Success Rate 61-80%
Months to Maturity Males about 4 months, Females about 6 months.
Lifespan 6/7 months, males shorter.
Notes Even in the adult stages this Phasmid keeps it's beautiful coloration. They have a very strong grip on anything, even glass. This is a nocturnal species.
Difficulty Rating* Easy
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.