Breeding cages

  • Faunabox
    • these come in different brands and different dimensions, and one get get those in pet shops
    • I use these for small nymphs and also adult specimens of smaller species
    • one can use Faunaboxes in different sizes, according to the size of the specimens housed therein
    • in order to offer phasmids a safer climbing and resting place (especially during moulting), plastic fly screen is glued to at least one side and the ceiling of the Faunabox. This is best done with hot glue
    • use the Faunabox in an upright position. This makes it is much easier to handle the cage and the phasmid
    • put a stocking over the Faunabox lid, this will prevent very small nymphs from escaping and it helps a bit to increase the humidity in the cage
  • big wooden cages
    • for big nymphs and adult specimens of medium sized and big species I use selfmade wooden cages
    • these are made from wooden crates, which one can get in different sizes from stores (e.g. Do-it-yourself stores). With some endeavour and inventiveness one can remodel such crates to very suitable cages for phasmids. These cheap and durable - and phasmids breed very well in such cages
    • the front of the cage is made from acrylic glass, which weighs much less and is much less fragile than glass
    • an advantage of such wooden cages is their wooden walls and ceiling. These are much safer climbing and resting place for phasmids compared to full glass or plastic cages
    • make sure that the wooden crates are not treated with pestizides
    • even though these are made from wood, still they are very durable
    • the floor of wooden cages has to be protected against humidity. This is best done with plastic self-adhesive foil. Once protected like this one can also put wet paper towels on the cage floor to increase humidity
    • but cages with a constantly very high humidity (e.g. for species like Haaniella) should not be made of wood
  • netting cages
    • I use netting cages for big species and especially for Phyllium nymphs
    • they come in many different brands, the ones I am using are the best I had so far (Aerarium)
    • see also my notes on how to successfully breed Phyllium
  • some more pics of my breeding room