Walking Stick - Blank Park Zoo

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Scientific Name:Walking Stick
Diapheromera femorata
Class:
Insecta
Order:
Othoptera
Family:
Phasmatidae
Feeding Type:
Herbivorous
Range:
North America, Asia
Habitat:
Tropical and hotter climates
Diet in the Wild:
Green plants, leaves
Diet at the Zoo: 
Lettuce and greens
Longevity:
Up to 1 year
Description:
Walking sticks may be dark brown to a bright green in color. They can grow up to 12 inches long.    
Adaptation/Behavior:

Well known for its ability to look and act like a stick. They can stay motionless, and when moving, they may sway to imitate twigs blown in the wind. They can also copy the color, and physical characteristics of their host plant. Should it loose a leg in its larval stage, a new one is regenerated.
Courtship/Breeding:
Walking sticks are parthenogenic, which means that they female can reproduce without fertilization by the male. Eggs are scattered on the ground, and are remarkably similar to the seeds of the host plant. After 20 months, the larvae hatch.
Conservation:
Walking sticks are at a lower risk.

Interesting Facts

Our Animals

  • They are nocturnal and easy to handle.
  • Their rear end looks like a broken twig.
  •  The walking stick is not on display, it is in the education collection
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