I have just recently found out about this niche hobby! I find mantids fascinating to observe and keep. I decided to make this account in order to tap the knowledge bank that is located on this forum and purchase mantids through private breeders. I hope to breed my own mantids and maybe become a pro like most of you probably are. But for now I humbly accept that I am a mantid peon. I recently purchased my first mantis. His name is Rasputin. He is an L2 Spiny Flower Mantis nymph. Very lively and a voracious eater! I also own 3 bearded dragons, 2 leopard geckos, and a dwarf hamster. I hope you will welcome me to this awesome community!