Peruphasma schultei (Conle & Hennemann 2005)

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Description

Origin: This phasmid was discovered in 2004 in northern Peru in the area of Coldillera del Condor at an altitude of 1200 – 1800 m, where it lives in a relatively small area. A protected area has been set up to protect this endemic species.

Size: females 7cm, males 5cm

Breeding: Breeding of this species is easy. It is satisfied with a well-ventilated terrarium with a height of at least 25 cm. Keep the temperature around 20 ° C, humidity low, just lightly spray 2-3 times a week. As food, it is best to serve privet ( Ligustrum ) and honeysuckle ( Lonicera ), which also have evergreen cultivars. They also eat Forsythia and lilac ( Syringa ).
Females lay eggs loosely on the surface of the substrate. Incubation at 20 ° C lasts 4-5 months. Hatched nymphs are about 13 mm large, dark brown to black with white tips of tentacles. Development into adulthood takes up to 6 months.

A specific feature of these phasmid is a defensive reaction in which they secrete a whitish, irritating fluid. Therefore, be careful when handling. Although this chemical is not dangerous to humans, respiratory tract irritation or splashes of abrasions are unpleasant.