My new praying mantis

  1. Flowingfins

    Flowingfins Fishlore VIP Member

    I got a new pet today! This is pepper the Carolina praying mantis! ImageUploadedByFish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum1407290445.604996.jpg

    ImageUploadedByFish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum1407290474.974968.jpg this is her food:)


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  2. lollipopkiller

    lollipopkiller Well Known Member Member

    oh cool
     
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    Flowingfins

    Flowingfins Fishlore VIP Member

    She likes to climb on your hand:) her head is really cool too, she can turn it around 90 degrees and look at you.


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  4. celizabethh3

    celizabethh3 Valued Member Member

    My dad and I were just talking about them today and how I haven't seen one in years! :)

    What kind of enclosure do you keep her in? Does she have any special requirements (heat/light, diet)? She's really cool though!


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  5. lollipopkiller

    lollipopkiller Well Known Member Member

    did you hatch her urself?
     
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    Flowingfins

    Flowingfins Fishlore VIP Member

    I feed her small crickets and fruit flies. She doesn't have any heat requirements she just can't be too hot or too cold. She is in a small mesh butterfly cage. ImageUploadedByFish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum1407291913.534579.jpg

    She also needs a cotton ball misted with water and kept moist. She also needs sticks to climb on.



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    Flowingfins

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    No I didn't hatch her but she is 6-7 weeks old. She is still a nymph at the moment and is just starting to molt today. Once she molts about 6 more times she will be an adult and will have wings.


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  8. lollipopkiller

    lollipopkiller Well Known Member Member

    ohhh ok where did u get her?
     
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    Flowingfins

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    I got her at my LFS. You can also order them online. Just search Carolina mantis for sale and a bunch of sites pop up.


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  10. Micaela13

    Micaela13 Well Known Member Member

    Awesome!!! I remember having those guys when I was a young kid. I loved feeding them. It was my favorite part :p

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  11. lollipopkiller

    lollipopkiller Well Known Member Member

    oh cool well i hope she gets pretty wings :)
     
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    Flowingfins

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    Thanks guys! She is really friendly! I can't wait until she grows wings! She will only love for 10-12 months though:(


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  13. Micaela13

    Micaela13 Well Known Member Member

    I hate short life spans :( they sadden me. She will live a happy life with you tho!! I know you will take great care of her. :D

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    Flowingfins

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    Thanks Micaela13! One of the crickets I feed her is shedding?!
     
  15. L

    Lovethatpleco New Member Member

    I grew up on a small mountain so seeing Praying Mantis was very common. I myself have a passion for Praying Mantis as well as Praying Mantis Kung FU.
     
  16. Micaela13

    Micaela13 Well Known Member Member

    Haha yea they will do that lol. :p

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    Flowingfins

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    I didn't know :;smack she is starting to shed today so I can't take her out. her "kung fu" is awesome!
     
  18. aliray

    aliray Fishlore VIP Member

    When I was young I would go out in the field and catch one every year and keep it in the house in A shoebox with a screen cover, as a pet . I am now 68 so it was a long time ago. To feed our yearly guest I would take a toothpick and put a blob of Calo canned cat food rolled around it like a shish-kabob pick her up in one hand and wave it in front of her and she would grab the toothpick in her front claws while I still held the end and eat it like an ear of corn. They always lived out their normal lifespan so maybe the higher protein of the cat food helped. I still love them but I don't see many down here in Fla. .. Alison.....Enjoy your new pet
     
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    Flowingfins

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    She finally shed today:) I was starting to get worried.


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  20. Micaela13

    Micaela13 Well Known Member Member

    Yayy!!

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