Everything you need to know to raise Stick Insects
How's that! A walking stick, quite literally! What you're looking at, my friend, is a cousin of the leaf insect, and you'll probably find it in your biology text book quirkily named a 'phasmid'.
If you're good at bio, you've probably already figured that this insect looks the way it does in order to camouflage itself. Real masters of disguise, it's a wonder they ever find each other, get married and live happily ever after. And the husbands never ever complain of their wives putting on weight! (By the way, female stick insects are a lot larger than the males, so the husbands never dare pass comments anyway).
Names for a boy walking stick:
Some interesting names for girl sticks:
Housing a stick is easy, and does not require special equipment. An aquarium about as high as three times the stick's length is sufficient, and we'll talk more about this later. There are many different species, so buy a book that educates you on the care, feeding and housing of a phasmid. Different species may have different humidity and housing needs, so read up carefully on the one you decide to buy.
You're likely to find walking sticks with one or two legs missing, as these creatures get injured easily when handled carelessly, so look for the ones that have all six legs intact. If you're lucky enough to find a leaf insect, which is also a phasmid, look carefully to see that its 'leaves' are not torn or cracked.
If you have an Indian walking stick, you can be assured that it will survive almost anywhere on many different kinds of leaves. To make sure it doesn't get away and become a pest that eats every leaf in sight on the plants in your home, secure the tank with mesh screen.
For humidity, you can mist the leaves in the tank. If you have to use bottled or tap water, allow it to sit for two to three days to dechlorinate it. Temperature wise, between 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal for most species. In the winter, you can either install a heating pad or use a light bulb to provide heat.