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  1. Hey MrGhostMantis,

    Thanks for the response on the Chinese mantis care sheet. In response to your suggestion of using a 32 oz deli cup: do I put substrate like a paper towel or moss, sand etc.? How would I properly ventilate it to both control humidity and keep prey inside?

    If the temperature where I keep it is hovering around 70 or even the high 60's would I need a heater? If so what do you use to heat the enclosure? I've heard both heat pad and lights.

    A lot of people talk about having a smaller enclosure for juveniles and then moving it to a larger one as it grows. Why not put it in a large enclosure now?

    I actually already ordered keeping the praying mantis!

    1. MrGhostMantis

      MrGhostMantis

      Not really a PM but it works 😅

      Paper towel and peat moss both work well, so does a square of 2 ply toilet paper. Never use sand or rocks, both can crush you mantis if the deli cup falls over. They also don’t hold humidity well. A mesh lid from Mantid Kingdom will work, just order cups from him. I’ll include a link right here.

      High 60’s and 70 should be OK, but your mantis will grow much, much slower. A heat lamp on a thermostat should work as long as it hovers around 80. Never use heat mats, they can short out and turn your mantis enclosure into a sauna. Also, mantids naturally go down to escape heat.

      You may not be able to find your mantis in a big enclosure, and they wouldn’t be able to find their food. If you want to see them, keep it small until the mantis is big.

      Nice! It’s a great book! It has so much info it’s insane.

      Any more questions @KyleB?

  2. I recommend just using a 32oz deli cup for a Sinensis until L6, then you can do a fancier enclosure. This species is really easy so don’t sweat it! Just watch out for over feeding. Maybe add a small fake plant to make the deli cup pretty as long as it doesn’t interfere with molting. They can climb plastic and glass pretty easily but if you are worried just add a sheet of shelf liner and they should be able to climb it just fine. Thermostats aren’t needed, as long as the temp is above 70 you should be good to go. Humidity isn’t really valid although it can help with molting,
  3. Today a Moorish gecko egg I have had for 2 months hatched! :D

    1. MantisMart

      MantisMart

      Wow! Congrats!!

    2. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Awesome!! Pics?

      - MantisGirl13 

  4. Had a giant Asian molt last night! Good job Olive!

  5. I LOVE these guys! Any care tips/personal tweaks in info on them? I’m gonna ask my parents for a few new mantids for Christmas. Any ideas on what species I should get? I’m just asking around lol looking for good species to keep.
  6. I found this very helpful! Thanks for posting it!
  7. Awesome mantids! I need to expand my collection a bit more.
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