Phasmid bites...especially the big'uns like H. ditata...painful?

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I know pain is a relative sensation...some people are more sensitive than others but I have been reading about phasmids on the net a good bit lately and some sites claim these critters have a pretty painful bite, others say it's not so painful. Anyone with firsthand experience and what do you consider your tolerance to sharp pain (I suppose it's a sharp pain rather than a dull throbbing lol)?

I don't keep these...that would be against USDA regulations since I live in the US ;) BUT...if I did I might one night be tempted to try handling one, especially after a beer or two (yay for liquid courage lol...but not so bad I'm sloppy like liquid). Some sites suggest that with repeated handling they can become used to it and less prone to nipping...

edit: it was bound to happen...i finally spelled the species wrong lol. "dilatata"
 

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the bite doesnt hurt its the leg pinching that hurts
i have a bloody whole in my finger from my eurycantha calcarata male




thanx froggy
 

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Dilitata's dont bite...plain and simple (unless their starved but still I've never witnessed it). As said before, it's the spines on the back legs that aren't too much fun (the relativity of pain set aside, it hurts like HELL when their adult!). The only phasmids that regularly "bite" to my knowledge, are Eurycnema.
 

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hmmm...well, i'm finishing beer number two...now, supposing I had some of these...how would i go about telling if they're very hungry or not? lol
 

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Phasmids

HEllo,
Phasmid won't be able to bite, unles you are a leaf.
Their mouth parts are designed to eat plants, and they always start by the edge of the leaf, that is the only thing it would fit in their mouth.
regards

That is the reason why they have other means of defense, spines,playing dead,squirting toxic chemicals among others.
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FT
 

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thanks greg and ftorres...from observing their feeding routine (video of course ;)), that's what I was thinking. I managed to briefly handle both these puppies in a dream I had tonight...the female was much more cooperative than the male (he just didn't want to move). Got my confidence up a bit :)

I know most people don't advocate handling T's...does the same generally go for phasmids? I"d hate to have a lot of dreams like this and stress them out...I rarely handle my T's (only when slings actually...i have a severe fear of needles and fangs lol).
 

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Little kids always ask us at the bug zoo if our phasmids bite . . . I usually reply "only if you taste like blackberry leaves."

That scares more kids than you'd think. :D
 

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lol...maybe they had blackberry jam on their lunch sandwiches ;)
 

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the stick insects we have here(ne pa) are real calm and i could imagine them even wanting to bite you let alone it hurting
 
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