Handle with Care!
Sticks insects are easy animals to tame and handle, but it must be done with care as they are so delicate. The best thing to do is put your hand out and gently nudge them to walk on it. The legs of the Indian Stick Insect are prone to break off so do not let them climb onto woolen surfaces or areas where they can get tangled.
It should be mentioned that depending on the species the dangers of handling are not all on the side of the stick insect. The American Walking Stick (Anisomorpha bupestroides) has a chemical substance which sprayed in defense can cause temporary blindness in humans, and the thorn Legged stick insect (Eurycantha calcarata) will pinch and bite if not tamed. Really these are not the ideal pets for handling, and they are best observed in the comfortable environment that you build for them. It’s another reason with the Indian Stick Insect makes such a great choice for those starting out in the hobby.