Periphetes forcipatus

Origin -
Sulawesi, Indonesia

Food -
Bramble, rose, beech, dogwood (Cornus sp.), Salal, ...

Adult length -
Females about 8 or 9 cm, males about 7 or 8 cm (size differs per individual)

Terrarium -
Warm and humid, just a single ventilation strip is sufficient

Incubation time eggs -
4 to 6 months

Experience with this species -
Nymphs are brown and about 2 cm long, but very thin. They have the typical posture that all Periphetes nymphs feature. The fertilized females swell enormously before they start laying hundreds of eggs. The eggs differ enormously in size, collect only the largest eggs, and radically discard the smallest (and certainly the deformed) eggs. From these eggs will only produce small and often deformed nymphs, who won't make it anyway and if they do, probably become adults that are really small!! Save yourself a lot of frustration and animal suffering, in nature these nymphs would already die in a gust of wind or a raindrop. They lay plenty of eggs, there is no need to hold on to all of them.

Both the nymphs and the adults are very active, even during the day, so do not keep too many individuals in one enclosure, they will disturb each other, and due to the stress, it causes them, they will die prematurely.

Easy species that reaches adulthood in no time, especially at higher temperatures (males already after 3 months !!)

Periphetes forcipatus are always hungry, they eat a lot for such a relatively small species, they prefer to spend their time at the very top of the enclosure, which is noticeable in the foodplants: the highest placed leaves are eaten first.

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