Australian Stick Insect Care
The species Extatosoma tiaratum, sometimes referred to as Macley’s Spectre, grows as thick as man’s thumb, and as long as his hand. Scorpion-like in appearance, they are slow and totally harmless. These insects are very easy to care for in captivity. We recommend screen cages as this allows them to climb all sides of the enclosure, but glass and plastic terrariums will work as well. Provide a small shallow food dish, such as a jar lid.
Room temperature is perfect, and please mist instead of providing a water dish. Eucalyptus is their natural food, but they also consume blackberry, oak, rose, raspberry, and romaine lettuce leaves. Females lay fertile eggs without males, a process called parthenogenesis. If you blow on them, they’ll sway back-and-forth like a leaf in the wind. A very personable stick insect that can crawl around your shoulders all day long.
Shipping Your Australian Stick Insect
USPS 2-3 day priority shipping is free, regardless of the number of insects you buy. We can only ship these if you are a permitted entomologist or educational organization. Phasmid orders are shipped each Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Orders placed Wednesday through Sunday will likely ship the following Monday for the safety of the insects. Please read our shipping information page before ordering. Sorry, we do not ship internationally (U.S. only).
When you buy an Australian stick insect from us, you receive our 100% ironclad live arrival guarantee. Please read the details of our guarantee before ordering.
Because we responsibly offer reptiles for sale online (as well as amphibians, tarantulas, and scorpions), we reserve the right to delay your order upon the fairly rare occurrence of unacceptable weather conditions. This is strictly for the safety of the animal(s), and you will be notified by e-mail if this does occur.