Anyone else keep praying mantis pets?

appleguy123

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For me, these guys make great pets. They like to be handled, are pretty, and are super easy to care for. Does anyone else here keep some? I have about 40 right now.

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tech4all

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For me, these guys make great pets. They like to be handled, are pretty, and are super easy to care for. Does anyone else here keep some? I have about 40 right now.

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:eek: Yikes! 40? :eek:

Some questions:

1) How much do they cost?
2) Do you buy these at a typical pet store like PetSmart or Petco?
3) What do they eat? It looks like it's eating a moth or something in one of your pics.
 

appleguy123

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:eek: Yikes! 40? :eek:

Some questions:

1) How much do they cost?
2) Do you buy these at a typical pet store like PetSmart or Petco?
3) What do they eat? It looks like it's eating a moth or something in one of your pics.
1. Between $2-$10 some are more expensive, but I don't own those. I buy them as early nymphs, they get more expensive as they get older
2. Nope. Online. Mantidforum.net is where I get mine.
3. They eat smaller insects, and each other f you don't separate them.

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One of them is eating right now, so I took this pic for you.

 

tech4all

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Interesting stuff man. What the difference between the more expensive one's and the cheaper ones?
 

chrono1081

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Aw I think they're cute!

I wouldn't own them since they'd be incompatible with my cat (its hard enough to keep her away from the frog tank now that she knows something lives in there).
 

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I don't keep any as pets, but I don't mind them either. I don't get as many at my current place as I did at my parents' but I still see them occasionally :)
 

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For me, these guys make great pets. They like to be handled, are pretty, and are super easy to care for. Does anyone else here keep some? I have about 40 right now.

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Cool. You have terrariums to keep them in? Do they drink water or get all their moisture from their prey? Is it difficult to tell a male from a female? Do they only eat live bugs or can you put a dead one on a stick and make it dance around as a substitute?* ;) Would they eat live meal worms? How much maintenance do they require?

*Years ago that is how I fed a rock python dead rats. Drag them around by the tail. The snake would strike and eat it.

Question is, do you mate them? I know mating them is kinda of a investment since you loose the male in hopes for more mantis.
You know your avatar is mantis like? ;)
 

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I've seen people keep spiders as pets but I didn't know anyone had mantises. I think I prefer the green ones, they look less creepy.
 

appleguy123

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Cool. You have terrariums to keep them in? Do they drink water or get all their moisture from their prey? Is it difficult to tell a male from a female? Do they only eat live bugs or can you put a dead one on a stick and make it dance around as a substitute?* ;) Would they eat live meal worms? How much maintenance do they require?
Most of them live in deli cups. Mantids like small cages to get their food easier. They get most water from pray, but they sometimes drink when you mist them. As nymphs, it can sometimes be difficult to sex them, it depends on the species. It's almost always obvious on adults though.

They will stop eating their prey if it does not fight. They will eat meal worms, but they're not very healthy. Mine eat hoppers, moths, and flies.

Very little maintence. They will eat as much as you want to feed them(except when about to molt), but only Ned to be fed bout 1x per week. Misting helps with molts. The small containers are cheap and easy to clean or replace.

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I've seen people keep spiders as pets but I didn't know anyone had mantises. I think I prefer the green ones, they look less creepy.
There are entire forums dedicated to keeping mantids. I get all of mine from forums.
 

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I've seen people keep spiders as pets but I didn't know anyone had mantises. I think I prefer the green ones, they look less creepy.
I'm reminded of those movies from the 50's... With the 20' long ones spiders, mantises, your choice. :)

Most of them live in deli cups. Mantids like small cages to get their food easier. They get most water from pray, but they sometimes drink when you mist them. As nymphs, it can sometimes be difficult to sex them, it depends on the species. It's almost always obvious on adults though.

They will stop eating their prey if it does not fight. They will eat meal worms, but they're not very healthy. Mine eat hoppers, moths, and flies.

Very little maintence. They will eat as much as you want to feed them(except when about to molt), but only Ned to be fed bout 1x per week. Misting helps with molts. The small containers are cheap and easy to clean or replace.
Thanks for the info. I'll probably resist. :)
 

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Cool!

Do they bite, or pinch, or whatever? Are they easy to handle? Do they fly? How long do they live?

I like unusual pets like these. Very cool. :cool:
 

appleguy123

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Cool!

Do they bite, or pinch, or whatever? Are they easy to handle? Do they fly? How long do they live?

I like unusual pets like these. Very cool. :cool:
They don't really pinch unless you've done somethig to hurt them. In only been pinned once when one of them was trying to eat the other and I aggressively separate them. It didn't hurt bad.
They really like to be handled.
Males can fly after they're adult. Females can't. Females live for a year, males for about 8 months.