Giant leaf insect, Walking leaf insect, Leaf mimic insect
Phyllium giganteum

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Range and habitat:
Found in Malaysian tropical forests.

Natural diet:
Plant leaves of various types. In captivity, they feed on oak and bramble leaves.

Size / weight range:
Five to possibly seven inches long.

Interesting Fact:
Males are very rarely seen.   Females are able to reproduce through parthenogenesis, where they can lay fertile eggs without a male.  Their camouflage is one of the best systems in nature – not only does their body have leaf “veins”, some of them develop brown edges that mimic a damaged real leaf.   

Common in some tropical forest areas, not endangered.

Location at The Toledo Zoo:
The Crawlspace exhibit, located in the Museum of Science

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