The "Tree Lobster" Has Been Secretly Living On This Island

You can view a remarkable film of a tree lobster hatching here:

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  • The biologists’ next problem they need to tackle is how to reintroduce the specimens back to Lord Howe Island. The black rat population would need to be eliminated, which is a very tough task considering their breeding habits, and the local human population will have to understand why the tree lobster needs to be reintroduced in the wild and support the action. Also, how on Earth the tree lobster migrated such a large distance to Ball’s Pyramid remains a yet inexplicable mystery.

    Green when young, and about the size of an adult human's hand when full-grown, Dryococelus australis is more commonly known as the Lord Howe Island stick insect, or the tree lobster. Courtesy of Rohan Cleave/Melbourne Zoo hide caption

  • Green when young, and about the size of an adult human's hand when full-grown, Dryococelus australis is more commonly known as the Lord Howe Island stick insect, or the tree lobster. Courtesy of Rohan Cleave/Melbourne Zoo hide caption

    The biologists’ next problem they need to tackle is how to reintroduce the specimens back to Lord Howe Island. The black rat population would need to be eliminated, which is a very tough task considering their breeding habits, and the local human population will have to understand why the tree lobster needs to be reintroduced in the wild and support the action. Also, how on Earth the tree lobster migrated such a large distance to Ball’s Pyramid remains a yet inexplicable mystery.

  • The biologists’ next problem they need to tackle is how to reintroduce the specimens back to Lord Howe Island. The black rat population would need to be eliminated, which is a very tough task considering their breeding habits, and the local human population will have to understand why the tree lobster needs to be reintroduced in the wild and support the action. Also, how on Earth the tree lobster migrated such a large distance to Ball’s Pyramid remains a yet inexplicable mystery.

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Green when young, and about the size of an adult human's hand when full-grown, Dryococelus australis is more commonly known as the Lord Howe Island stick insect, or the tree lobster.