Other common names: Spiny Leaf Stick Insect; McLeay’s Spectre
Scientific name: Eurycnema goliath
The Goliath Stick Insect is a large Phasmid which is found throughout Australia, except for Victoria. They reside in Eucalyptus and Acacia trees, where they feed on leaves. Eurycnema goliath can reach lengths of 25 cm. / 10 inches. Both males and females have large wings, and the males can fly.
Appearance / health:
The Goliath Stick Insect is green with yellowish patches on the legs, head and thorax. The wings of the male are green and have red markings on the underside.
A large, screened mesh cage with a secure top is idea. it should be fully ventilated and three times the size of the stick insect itself. The habitat should be sprayed with water 3 or 4 times a day, and more during warmer weather. The Goliath feeds on fresh Eucalyptus, Acacia and Melaleuca leaves.
Amazing Experience, starter pet, easiest pet
I found this guy in my yard. In Virginia, United States. He had a broken wing. I assume he had lived with a human nearby and escaped. He was already on in age, and now with a busted wing, I figured he wouldn’t live much longer, so I didn’t try to find his home. Instead, I took him in. I found he was a very easy, kind creature to care for. I never caged him, having nothing I felt was big enough to be fair. He didn’t try to leave my room, which already had a heating lamp hung for reptiles. He never tried to fly, which I am grateful, because I imagine it would have hurt him further. He spent most of his days riding my shoulders or sitting by the closed window beside the heat lamp. He also made a habit of riding on the back of my turtle, who would grudgingly allow because she had no way of making him move. All in all, these guys are amazing creatures that I would highly recommend to anyone, aside from children because I am very against children having their own animals (I know I accidentally harassed animals as a child, not understanding how sensitive they are)..
From BhuvanaMcGoats Jun 11 2015 9:11AM
Goliath Stick Insect
Eurycnema goliath, the Goliath stick insect, is the second largest stick insect in Australia. They do very well in captivity and be kept in outdoor mesh cages measuring 60cm x 40cm x 40cm. They are amazing to keep and easy to feed, keep and breed. They are very active and will appreciate the extra space outdoors. This species can live for quite a long time in captivity. This is a ferocious predator and will eat any insect or invertebrate but inside the cage with it. They reach adulthood at the age of 5-6 months. They are arboreal animals and their cages need to be fitted with as many branches and plants as possible. Youngsters do very well on a diet of fruit flies and adults on a diet of crickets..
From RobWedderburn Jan 30 2016 3:02AM