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Name: Indian stick insect

Scientific Name: Carausius morosus

Class: Insect

Lifespan: 6 months - 1 year.

Threats: Birds, small reptiles and rodents due to it’s small size

Distribution: Native to New Zealand but accidentally introduced around the world.

Habitat: Forest floor

Appearance: About 80-100 mm
in length, ranging from a light green to a darkish brown in colour.

Diet & Feeding: Leaf litter

Social Behaviour: As the insects are surrounded by food and have no need to find a mate, they have little natural inclination to move far.

Males and females: They breed parthenogenetically - meaning that the young hatch from eggs produced without fertilization by a male.

Number of young: They lay several hundred eggs.

Interesting fact: If a young stick insect loses a leg it is sometimes able to grow a new one in a process called regeneration.