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    Sorry if I offended you with the research suggestion… I wasn’t implying that you wouldn’t do reading.

    You can keep mantis in a variety of container/tanks. The main issue you have to worry about is prey capture. The enclosure cannot be so big that the mantid will have trouble finding and catching its prey.

    I keep nymphs in medium deli cups. For nymphs, one can use peat moss, soil (potting mix), or sphagnum moss; there are other substrates one can use, but these are the best because they retain water and increase humidity (which eases molting). Nymphs need tall enclosure so they have lots of room to molt. A mesh lid also helps because they like to hang upside-down when molting.

    Enclosures for adults can differ depending on the species. The species I keep grows to about 3.5 inches, so I keep my adults in large plastic Critter-Keepers. I use peat moss as substrate and I add in a big rock (for décor), and I keep a couple branches in there that allow the mantid to climb up to the lid where it likes to hang upside down. Most mantids do not require live plants, just branches and/or large bark pieces for them to climb on. Other exotic mantids may be more arboreal than native US mantids, so a tall 10-20G tank may be used, which then will require them to have a tall plant, but I have read that using fake (silk or plastic) plants and branches off a tree is just as fine.

    I will PM you sending you links to some helpful forums.
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    wasn't up set!

    thanks!

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    From what I've heard those so call "giant indean mantids" Hierodula aren't any bigger than Chinese or European m,antids, justa bit bulkier.
    1 Nxventrata

    D. muscipula & D. muscipula 'Red Dragon'(barely)

    Sarracenia leucophylla(seedling)

    S. purpurea and Drosera filiformis filiformis/ intermedia seeds waiting to sprout.

    Drosera capensis

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    WOW that king of all mantid was one neat looking bug. I had no clue there were that many different types of mantids. Wow. I may not be interested in raising them, but I am about to do some research on them. Just looking at the would be fine with me. LOL
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    you have made my night, i must control my urge to buy mantids

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    lol, i love mantids, dident know there was a "group" of people who raised them. Here in New England i havent seen our native mantis in more then a decade! seeing this thread might make me consider raiseing them in a terraium and then realeaseing them carefully into the wild, i would just need to reasearch my native species.

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    This doesn't have much to do with exotic mantids, but....

    HOLY CRAP GET IT OFFFF!!!!!!!!



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    WOW! That thing is fat! Mantids are the only bug I don't mind touching me, as long as they don't jump... that freaks me out.

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