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Chinese Praying Mantis L6-L7

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Natural  Organic  Captive Born/Bred
  You will receive 1 L6-L7 Chinese Mantis 
Shop with confidence from the very same invertebrates supplied to stores, rescues and zoos!

Chinese Mantids (Tenodera sinensis) also known as Giant Asian Mantids (at least in the US, and when put into comparison against other locally established species.  Not to be confused with Hierodula Burmeister, the largest genus of the order Mantodea - with 113 species/subspecies - also commonly referred to as Giant Asian Mantids) are a great way for beginners to experience raising these fascinating creatures. Mantids eat live prey and feeding time can be a fascinating spectacle to behold. We have raised numerous specimen that will readily take a mealworm from carefully positioned fingers, walk on a hand, or sit and ponder the meaning of life on a palm. These are a hardy (occasionally friendly) species that range from brown to green to golden in color and can reach up to 4" in length.

You will receive 1 live Mantis L6 or L7 (2" - 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 have molted at least 5 times and are approximately 3-4 months old. They have been raised on fruit flies fed exclusively Reptanicals' Fruit Fly Feast and isopods fed a diet of fresh vegetables and Reptanicals' Isopod Feast, 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 (interior, please do not release into the wild). These large intelligent insects happily watch people, pets, and general activity around them and make great, unique office companions too!

Tenodera sinensis - Chinese Mantis

Difficulty: Beginner

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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Shipping: All live mantids are shipped Monday-Wednesday via Priority Mail.  Express 1-Day Shipping may be chosen at checkout for a fee.

Orders placed on or after Wednesday at noon will ship the following week to avoid spending the weekend at the post office or on a truck. Someone must be present to accept package delivery.


Cold Temps: All orders are extremely well insulated. If your area is experiencing temperatures below 45*F, for LAG we reserve the right to mark box "HOLD at Post Office".

Hot Temps: Cold packs are included free of charge. For temps exceeding 85*F: LAG we reserve the right to mark box "HOLD at Post Office".

If temperatures exceed 100*F, we reserve the right to delay shipping until cooler temperatures resume.  


For complete LAG see Shipping Policies

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