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Angkor
Reptile Temple

Giant Spiny Stick Insect

Giant spiny stick insects grow to around 6 inches long, feeding on a diet of mostly bramble leaves. They are known to be quite aggressive. They will arch their back as a warning if they feel disturbed or threatened. Males may spray a foul smelling gas.  Nymphs (young) live high up in branches until they are fully grown after about 6 months. Then they will move to the ground and live there for the rest of their lives. Females are pathogenic so they can lay eggs without the need for males. Males can fight for mates if there aren’t enough females and this can lead to injury or even death.

DID YOU KNOW? There are over 3,000 species of stick insect all belonging to the family ‘Phasmida’ meaning ‘Phantom’ after their ability to resemble sticks or leaves and ‘disappear’ using their excellent camouflage.

Current Status

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Key Facts

Bramble Leaves.
Critically Endangered
Pap New Guinea.
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