Anisomorpha species

Origin -
South America, Northern South America

Food -
Privet, Oak, Bramble, Plantago, Rhododendron, Hypericum.

Adult length -
Females 8 cm, males 4 up to 5 cm (for all species in general)

Terrarium -
Since these are of the subfamily Pseudophasmatinae, it is best to keep them mostly dry. Well ventilated cages are definitely required. Terrarium size should be relative to the size of the population you are keeping (these phasmids apparently love company, so preferably should be kept in large groups.) Temperature should be around 20-25°celsius.

Incubation time -
about 4 months

Experience with this species -
According to the information I have been given by breeders of Anisomorpha species, they do like company. Males spend their whole adult lives on the back of a female. When disturbed, they will release a defensive spray that causes burning eyes, a burning feeling on the skin, sneezing... If this defensive spray gets into your eyes, it can even cause temporary blindness !!! Immediately rinse out your eyes !!! This defensive spray is being released from glands just behind the head, and smells like acid.
Interesting species with nice colour pattern and shiny bodies.

Additional info -Anisomorpha buprestoides (Kim D'Hulster) and Phasmida species file: "Anisomorpha buprestoides comes in three regionally specific color forms: a "brown form" which is predominantly dark brown with light brown stripes, a "white form" that is jet black with bright white stripes and an "orange form". The white and orange forms are only known to occur in relatively small specific areas of Florida. All three color forms each have unique behaviours of aggregation, diurnal activity cycles and egg laying which conform to the ecological conditions in which they are found.

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