incredibly spiny animal is Spike, a female stick insect of
a species which does not have a common English name but
whose scientific name is
Spinohirasea bengalensis, which I'm sure
you'll agree is a bit of a mouthful! This
species originates from Vietnam in southeast Asia
but my individuals have all
been bred and hatched in my own collection!
sharp spines are used as protection against
predators such as birds and lizards and they are
surprisingly sharp for such a small animal!
The males of this species
are much smaller than the females as you can see
below, with the tiny male sitting on top of the
The eggs or ova of this
species are amongst the roundest of all the stick
insects, and as you can see below they look a little
bit like tiny dried-out oranges!
Young nymphs of this
species are not at all green like their parents,
instead being a dark brown colour. They are
not nearly as spiny during the early stages of life
develop they become a lot more spiny but the green
colouration doesn't actually come until the very end
of their life cycle!