You will receive 1 live Mantis L5 or L6 (2 1/4" - 3")
Shipped in a 16oz deli cup with a straight perch, moss, and enough food for the journey.
These captive bred mantids are healthy, established sub-adult nymphs approximately 3-4 months old. They have been raised on fruit flies fed exclusively Reptanicals' Fruit Fly Feast and mealworms fed exclusively Reptanicals' Feeder Feast, ensuring optimum health and nutrition for our mantids. (With the odd wax worm treat here or there - raised on Reptanicals' Wax Worm Feast)
Chinese mantids will readily walk on a hand and make excellent pets, teaching tools for kids, unique feeder insects, or use for pest control. These large intelligent insects happily watch people, pets, and general activity around them and make great, unique office companions too!
Tenodera sinensis - Chinese Mantis
Housing: Alone- Vented plastic storage bin (32oz min) or glass terrarium.
Enclosure should provide ample space for mantis to move and should be at
least 3x taller than the mantis’ body length.
Food Preferences: Hydei Fruit Flies, mealworms, waxworms, small crickets,
gut load your mantis’ feeders with Reptanicals' Feeder Feast
Temp Requirements: approx. 65 Degrees to 85 Degrees. Extreme cold and heat can be lethal
Breeding: Easy - with proper care, but feed females EXTREMELY well before mating or they may cannibalize their mate.
Substrate: Coconut coir, peat moss, or Reptanicals' Bug Bedding, slightly moist with moss on one side
Humidity: slightly humid to dry. (Mist just one side of the enclosure, with large drinkable drops, to create a moisture gradient)
Enrichment: Provide Manzanita branches (or other hard woods that won’t rot) for climbs and be sure to include a lid or other area where the mantid can hang upside down to molt.
NOTE: We suggest a bio-active set up with both springtails and isopods to keep your mantid enclosure clean and to eat molts and leftover food. (Mantids are messy eaters!) Isopods reduce mold, feces, decaying matter, and improve substrate health! All while providing a calcium rich, nutritious snack for your critters to enjoy any time they wish.
Feed your mantis as needed every other day. If you notice red bands on the sides of its belly – it is full – no need to feed today!
***Need a complete set-up for your Mantis? Look for our "Complete Bio-active Mantis Kit" listing that includes a 32oz enclosure cup, vented cloth molting lid, Reptanicals Bug Bedding substrate, deluxe perch and straight perch, moss, PLUS springtails and isopods for a complete bio-active set-up!
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