Hi, can you get into trouble for releasing stick insects into the wild in the UK if they are not native and how do you know if they are native to our island?

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There are no native stick insects in the UK, but there are some established populations of non-native species in the South West. Can you get in trouble for releasing them? Well you are unlikely to be prosecuted, but please don't. Either the animals will all die when the weather cools down or - if you live in Devon/Cornwall or the Channel islands it may be warm enough that they survive and become established, in which case you have just damaged the local ecology! So its a lose lose.

If you have some pet stick insects and they are reproducing too quickly, my tip is to clean them out more often and get rid of the eggs before they hatch.