Goliath Pets in Science


The Santa Maria Science Department has some unusual pets – Goliath and Spiny Leaf Phasmids. They’ve been busy laying a large number of eggs. Did you know that baby stick insects are called nymphs?

The Department has had over 150 babies born so far. They’ve given away lots of eggs and still have some to hatch. The insects have been given to schools all over Western Australia, from as far as north as Carnarvon to Busselton in the south and all over the metro area. It’s not just to schools either, some of the nymphs have also found their way to Scitech.

The Science Department keep these amazing creatures as an aid to teaching life cycles and adaptations.

Pictured below is Katelyn Hegarty from St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic School in Carnarvon, who drove all the way to Perth to collect their babies.


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