Touch-Me-Not Stick Insect

Basic Information:

Scientific Name: Epidares nolimetangere

Habitat: Touch-Me-Not Stick Insects are found in the low vegetative areas of tropical rainforests in Borneo.

Diet: Touch-Me-Not Stick Insect are herbivores and survive almost entirely on a diet of leaves.

Size: 3 to 4.5 centimeters

Weight: less than 0.1 pounds

Lifespan: 1 to 2 years

Distribution Map:

I.U.C.N. Conservation Status:

What does this mean?

Not Evaluated –  a category used to include any of the nearly 1.9 million species described by science but not yet assessed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (I.U.C.N.).

Did You Know?!

  • The Touch-Me-Not Stick Insect is one of over 300 recognized species of stick insects in Borneo!
  • Touch-Me-Not Stick Insects are very passive during the day and tend to do most of their activities at night. 
  • Touch-Me-Not Stick Insects got their name from their “spiky” appearance.  
  • Adult female Touch-Me-Not Stick Insects lay one to three eggs each week for up to 20 months. These eggs then hatch nymphs a few months later. These nymphs then become full grown adults after about 8 to 10 months. 

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