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Mantis Care

Mantis Care

Postby reptile » Sun Jun 01, 2014 6:28 pm

Hi everyone,
These are two mantises I found. They where both found on the same type of plant (The red plant in the first picture). I want to keep them, but just need some keeping suggestions, like cage size, substrate, deco...etc. I am new to keeping invertebrates, but keen to start :D . ID would also be appreciated. :-P
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Re: Mantis Care

Postby Westley Price » Sun Jun 01, 2014 9:00 pm

Awesome finds man.

I suggest you give them a go. I think what you have there are two young Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii or a closely related species.

If you check on Google there's a ton of info on them because they are such beautiful mantids, which in turn makes them quite popular too.

Let us know how they do.
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Re: Mantis Care

Postby reptile » Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:55 am

Here is a picture of my cage setup. The other cage for the other mantis is set up similarly. I'm using sifted sand for a substrate.
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Re: Mantis Care

Postby reptile » Wed Jun 04, 2014 7:17 pm

Just thought I'd share an update. Both Mantises have had a drink, and one of them has eaten a grasshopper.
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Re: Mantis Care

Postby Westley Price » Wed Jun 04, 2014 8:06 pm

I would replace the sand with something like coco peat which hold humidity a bit better. Get a block from your local nursery.

And rather see if you can add some green foliage to make them feel more secure.
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Re: Mantis Care

Postby reptile » Thu Jun 05, 2014 7:05 am

Ok, will do. I cannot get it from any of the nurseries though...Malawi. Luckily I have some left over.
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Re: Mantis Care

Postby reptile » Thu Jun 05, 2014 8:32 am

Ok, here's the new cage setup. Using Tarantula peat as a substrate now, and lemon branches as foliage. :cool: I'm also using a fish tank (25cmx25cmx25cm) instead of a faunerium. I have a question though: Is it normal for Mantises to hang upside down on their enclosure lids all the time? :?:
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Re: Mantis Care

Postby Primogen » Thu Jun 05, 2014 8:36 am

It could be because they normally hunt flying insects, so prefer to perch high up and wait for something to come by.
You should notice after awhile they will have a preferential spot they like to sit at.
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Re: Mantis Care

Postby reptile » Thu Jun 05, 2014 8:40 am

Thanks for the info. does this mean that I should feed them flying insects?
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Re: Mantis Care

Postby Primogen » Thu Jun 05, 2014 8:47 am

You don't have to, they will eat pretty much any insect they can, just feed them whats easiest.
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Re: Mantis Care

Postby reptile » Thu Jun 05, 2014 8:48 am

Got you. Thanks
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Re: Mantis Care

Postby reptile » Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:00 am

Just an update.
The one Mantis shed today, and the other one looks due to do so soon. I also have a question, and that is: "Can I feed the Mantis the day after it sheds, or does it need time so that its exoskeleton can dry, and harden?"
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Re: Mantis Care

Postby Marion » Tue Jun 17, 2014 8:05 pm

What pretty little guys. I only get the plain green and light brown ones in my garden (Gauteng South Africa) and I love them. Everyone in the family freaks when they come indoors or see a tiny baby, but I just let it hop onto my hand and put it in a plant outside. I actually have quite a few in my garden and find them so fascinating. Yours are gorgeous. Keep us updated.

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