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Housing Guidelines
Other Housing Options
Breeding Housing Options
Heating and Lighting
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Moulting and Diseases
Feeding Regimen
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Sexing and Mating
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Housing Options
by Gareth Price
28th May, 2001
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Specialised Housing
All new and available from specialist entomological suppliers, come "specialist cages." These are superbly designed little units, that have been engineered to provide the perfect environment for your stick insects. They are usually constructed of thin metal sheets, together with nylon or plastic netting and/or perspex. They often have a neat, lockable front opening door, that can be used to replace the foodplant without having eight newly hatched e.t. nymphs crawling up your arm. As i'm sure you're all familiar with the creations of small-life supplies, i'll cut the small talk and get straight down to the specs. Small-life supplies create an exciting range of high quality cages. One model being the infamous bug-cage, the other, its larger partner, the bug-display cage.

Both models are similar in appearance, except the bug-cage has a height of 18" (46cm), whereas the bug display cage has the clear advantage at 24". Both cages are constructed using aluminium mesh sides and have a lockable front opening door. Are these the perfect cages I here you cry? Well, maybe - but at £60.99 for the bug-cage and £92.50 for the bug-display cage, few people can afford them. Not being degenerative in any way to the efforts of small-life, but I really do think that the old price of £49.99 was more acceptable. In the case of the bug display cage, its redemption comes in its size. £92.50 is still a heck of a lot of money if you haven't got it, but it is more reasonable, considering the size of cage that you are getting for your money.

photograph ©2001 Small-life Supplies The Bug-display Cage Specification
  • Light weight and durable aluminium construction
  • Tall, so the insects have room to grow.
  • The two aluminium mesh sides provide the correct amount of ventilation and are ideal climbing surfaces.
  • The door is lockable
    - a full set of specifications are available at the company's website

  • In direct competition with small-life supplies, we have Worldwide Butterflies. WWB have been in operation for over 40 years now and they have a great deal of experience to show for it. Their range of phasmid suitable cages is vast, each cage well built and of ample size to support a colony of sticks. One of their cages in particular, the large phasmid cage, is a personal favourite which I seem to keep buying all the time. Their large size and sturdy construction means that they are not totally portable, but I manage with them quite well.

    Although these cages are not as "ideal" as those from small-life, they are large, robust and stackable (and to be honest, I think that's enough for most of us!). Another advantage is that they are much, much cheaper! For a cage of equal proportion to the bug-cage, you can shell out as little as £29.99 - compared to £60.99! Let's take a look!

    photograph ©2001 Worldwide Butterflies The Large Phasmid Cage
  • Dimensions of 46 x 36 x 24.5 cm
  • Wood and perspex construction
  • Hinged lid can be removed to replace foodplant.

    Please see the website for extended specs on a number of WWB products.

  • Whether you're looking for absolute quality of design and manufacture, or a cage that will keep most enthusiasts happy, is up to you. For me, I look for a cage which keeps both myself and my wallet happy. However, here is a handy form, which I often use when shopping for specialised products. Print it out and use it as you wish - it may help you save some time and a lot of money:

    Many tropical species of phasmid do best in a heated enclosure. For a range of heating products, please click on to the next section.


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