Acquired: Bred invertebrate myself,
Wiltshire, United Kingdom
Posted May 14, 2012
If you look at the giant prickly stick insect up close, they kind of look like some kind of hybrid between an alien and another species of insect from earth... Certainly in my opinion they are much more interesting than your regular stick insect. These gargantuan invertebrates have a spiny body and are much more 'fleshed out' than their brethren. They are much easier to spot within the enclosure and are fascinating to watch. As soon as they sense danger they will sway from side to side like a twig on a branch, which is a brilliant behaviour to observe.
As the title says, they are very low cost. In fact, as long as you don't feed your plants with pesticides, they're more than happy living in an enclosure with some trimmings from your garden plants to climb on. A mud/soil base is also recommended. These beasties are very tame to handle and will very happily sit on the palm of your hand. They also don't have wings so you don't have to worry about them flying away and escaping. The spines on their body aren't very sharp but can catch your skin.
The only real injury that these animals are prone to is the loss of a limb - but this doesn't hinder their lives in any way thankfully. Also be aware that they will often breed very successfully in captivity, but the nymphs need to be removed as soon as you can to avoid accidentally throwing them away when removing dead plants!