Fish Fact File

Indian stick insect

Zone 2

The major defence mechanism for this animal is feigning death: the body becoming rigid and the legs held along the line of the body. Other times, they may be found swaying to mimic the movement of foliage in wind.

It’s rare to find a male of this species because females are parthenogenetic: they can reproduce without mating. Females will lay eggs shortly after reaching adulthood. Eggs can take four months to hatch, depending on many factors, including temperature.