vietnamese walking stick

Vietnamese Walking Stick

Baculum extradentatum


Description

Vietnamese Walking Sticks are brown or green in color. They have long thin bodies with six legs and two small antennae on the head. The front two legs are used as “feelers” and are often held in front of the body.

Size

This type of walking stick can grow to be 4-5 inches long.

Adaptations

Diet

In the wild, walking sticks consume the leaves off of the trees they inhabit. The walking sticks at Cosley Zoo are also fed leaves. When leaves are unavailable, they are given lettuce.

Reproduction

Vietnamese Walking Sticks reproduce both sexually and asexually (meaning that they do not need a mate to reproduce). Females drop eggs on the forest floor and leave them to hatch. Hatching takes 2-6 months, with eggs produced by asexual reproduction taking longer to hatch. Young walking sticks reach adult size and are able to reproduce 3-4 months after hatching.

Shelter and Space Needs

Walking sticks are arboreal, spending the great majority of their lives in trees. Trees provide food for these insects and also serve as their shelter.

Life Expectancy

Vietnamese Walking Sticks live between 6 months and 1 year.

Importance to Man

Walking sticks are a common prey animal for many predators, including birds, reptiles, rodents, spiders, and other insects. This makes them an important part of the food chain.

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