Very interesting

Very interesting

Postby JJward7 » Thu Oct 09, 2014 3:07 pm

So I few months ago I saw a really fat praying mantis (sorry don't know scientific name) so I put it in one of my space feeding tubs and that evening she lay this weird looking to which from searching I found was a egg sack of some sort. So I Released her and the just left the tub in my snake room. And today when cleaning some tanks something caught my eye in the container and there they where about 15 Lil praying mantis. So my question is what do I do next as I have never had experience with them.
What do they eat?
Will they be fine together?
Do they require certain temps?
Thanks in advance

Unfortunately I can take pics as they are very small
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Re: Very interesting

Postby Ruan Stander » Thu Oct 09, 2014 5:02 pm

I'm not an expert on them, but I do know that they are carnivorous, so pinheads as food perhaps ?
Also, I would seperate them, as I'm sure they are cannibalistic.
Room temperature should be fine.
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Re: Very interesting

Postby Primogen » Thu Oct 09, 2014 6:49 pm

They are very easy to care for but are difficult to feed at their current size.
What I normally do if I find an ootheca I can move, I will place it in a small tub with tiny air holes and this may sound cruel, let the nymphs eat each other until there are about 5 or 6 left.
This lets them get to an easy size to feed, I will normally keep just one or two and release the others.
You could also try get fruit flies(pretty easy to catch and breed).

They will eat almost any other insect they can catch, at one point I was feeding mine meal worms and Super worms on tweezers.

They should be fine at room temp and your snake room should do just fine.
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