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    I have read that violins come from "hot and arid" regions of India and that they don't need much humidity. I'm not too worried about mine because it gets up to 100F at the top of the big enclosure. I asked Yen Saw on mantidforum about them and he said they will do fine in the 80s and the 100F crazy hot temps are only required to initiate mating.

    According to google it's in the 80s in Kandy, Sri Lanka right now... I wonder if there's a hotter "mating season"? It's all a bit confusing.
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    The northern part of Sri Lanka seems to get to 40*C in April so perhaps that could cause slight heatwaves across the island (Kandy appears to be right in the center of Sri Lanka). I wish Rob C (TF member Borneo) would chime in he has his businesses GHs in Sri Lanka and could probably give us a better picture.

    Year-long averages for Kandy tend to range between like 17*C - 32*C which is pretty easy to provide. I have noticed in reading online that people keeping their Violins very hot & dry tend to have molting problems (young mantids getting stuck half in their molts & coming out deformed) so using the high temps only for a short period when they are adults and ready to initiate breeding does make a lot more sense to me since they won't be molting anymore after adulthood.
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    Nepfreak, I've read the same thing about the violins. Just hot (80's) is fine unless you want to mate them. They must only mate during the hotter seasons over there. Not too hard to beleive....many animals have a mating season. They come into season based on temps, water availability, or whatever other seasonal environmental challenges they're faced with where they live.
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    Yeah, so I caved. Getting some nymph violins from Yen.
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    Getting some nymph violins from Yen
    Why you sneaky, I was gonna get them first!

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    Cool, how many are you getting? Will you keep them communally?

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    5, and yeah, communally until one turns canabalistic. I hope these guys get HUGE.
    His just hatched, so he won't be shipping them for another 2 weeks.
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