Phasmids are stick and leaf insects. They are more common in the wild than you might think. Many people tend to overlook them because of their excellent camouflage. Occasionally they will fall from trees during windy weather, making them easier to find. Phasmids spend their days remaining motionless and looking just like sticks or leaves.
Phasmids are becoming popular as pets in the home, as they are easy to care for, fascinating to watch and can be maintained in groups. One of the common stick insects kept as a pet is the Spiny Leaf Insect, Extatosoma tiaratum. This is due to their large and bulky size and ease of keeping. They are quite happy living in an enclosure in the lounge room and being given a regular supply of gum leaves.