Stick Insect Facts
Five groups that classify all living things
A group of animals within a pylum
A group of animals within a class
Most widely used name for the species
Comprised of the genus followed by the species
What kind of foods the animal eats
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
|Number of Species:|
The total number of recorded species
|Average Lifespan:||1-2 years|
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
|Green, Brown, Tan, Grey|
The protective layer of the 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:||Leaves, Plants, Berries|
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
|Birds, Rodents, Reptiles|
|Special Features:||Long bodies that help with camouflage|
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Stick InsectThe 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 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: 9th January 2017 [View Sources]
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