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Stick Insect Facts

Five groups that classify all living things
A group of animals within a pylum
A group of animals within a class
Common Name:
Most widely used name for this species
Stick Insect
Scientific Name:
The name of the animal in science
The place where something is found
What kind of foods the animal eats
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
3-30cm (1.2-11.8in)
Number Of Species:
The total number of recorded species
Average Lifespan:
The average time the animal lives for
1-2 years
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Green, Brown, Tan, Grey
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal
Favourite Food:
The preferred food of this animal
The specific area where the animal lives
Forest, jungles and woodland
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from
Leaves, Plants, Berries
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
Birds, Rodents, Reptiles
Special Features:
Characteristics unique to this animal
Long bodies that help with camouflage

Stick Insect Location

Map of Stick Insect Locations

Stick Insect

The stick insect (as its name suggests) is an insect that looks like a twig on a branch, bush or tree. This unique identity means that stick insects can be extremely difficult for predators to spot.

Stick insects are found in the forests, rainforests and jungles around the world where they live a peaceful lifestyle, expertly camouflaged into their surroundings.

There are more than 3,000 different species of stick insect in the world, with more being thought to have not yet been discovered. Stick insects can range in size from just 3 cm to 30 cm in length.

Stick insects have long, cylindrical bodies, that are stick-like in both shape and colour. Some stick insect species however have more flattened bodies which make them look more like leaves than sticks.

The stick insect is a herbivorous animal meaning that the diet of the stick insect is purely a vegetarian one. Stick insects mainly feed on leaves and other green plants, along with the odd berries or fruit.

Due to their small size, stick insects have numerous predators in their tree-surrounded environment, if they can be seen that is. Birds, small reptiles, and rodents all feed on the stick insect if they are able to find one.

After mating, the female stick insect lays up to 1,500 eggs which are cleverly camouflage to look like plant seeds. The eggs of the stick insect are able to lay dormant for months before the larvae begin to hatch out of the eggs. When the stick insect larvae first hatch, they already closely resemble and adult stick insect.

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First Published: 21st December 2009, Last Updated: 10th September 2018

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