Woke up to orchid mantis missing 2 legs!!

Mantidforum

Help Support Mantidforum:

hannahaubreep

Member
Joined
Apr 24, 2021
Messages
9
Reaction score
0
Hello all, this morning I unfortunately saw my Orchid Mantis on the bottom of her enclosure with 2 of her back legs on one side gone... I looked around the tank and saw one leg stuck on the bottom side of a bamboo stick where I assume she was hanging. Was this a mismoult??? She can still wobble and crawl around a bit but now I'm worried she won't be able to hang upside down. Ugh idk what to do 😪😪😪😪 any advice would be appreciated...

20210624_105907.jpg

20210624_105914.jpg

20210624_110307.jpg

 

hannahaubreep

Member
Joined
Apr 24, 2021
Messages
9
Reaction score
0
It's been at least a few weeks since she molted so it makes sense if this was a moult that went wrong.. she ate last night though so I wasn't necessarily expecting it. There's no other insects in with her. The only thing is maybe it wasn't humid enough when she tried molting. I'm usually very good about spraying the tank. I feel so bad. Everything has gone so well up until now 😔

 

Synapze

Forum Supporter
Supporting Member
Joined
May 18, 2018
Messages
1,686
Reaction score
457
Location
FL
You should try to find the exuviate (shed skin) and see if the legs are still attached to it. I asked about feeders because if too many are left in the enclosure they can interfere with the molting process. 

Unfortunately, you only have a few options. If you have the time and compassion, you could handfeed her and see how it goes... that's what I do. I've had some mismolted mantids make a complete or almost complete recovery. If handfeeding is not possible and she's unable to move around and feed, euthanizing her would be another option... and obviously the hardest. 😕

My opinion - handfeed if possible and hope for the best. Hopefully someone more knowledgeable will have something more useful to add. Good luck. 🤞

 

hannahaubreep

Member
Joined
Apr 24, 2021
Messages
9
Reaction score
0
I appreciate your responses. I however think there is something else going on. She now lost another leg on the other side. She no longer can really move. Idk what is causing this but I'm starting to come to terms that she's not going to make it. I'm very sad.

 

hannahaubreep

Member
Joined
Apr 24, 2021
Messages
9
Reaction score
0
The night before she ate a few hydei fruit flies that we purchased from a reptile store. and prior to that it was the same. Other than that she lives in an enclosure with isopods and springtails. So odd to me that she would suddenly start losing her legs consecutively? With no other signs of illness..

BTW, I just looked in her enclosure and she's in the same position as she was last night and not moving. Her head looks darker. I fear that she just died on her own overnight.. 😞😢

 

hannahaubreep

Member
Joined
Apr 24, 2021
Messages
9
Reaction score
0
I suppose I thought I was doing the right thing by buying the enclosure kit from US mantis but I do agree and was worried that the mantis was too young to live in there. Just thought everything went well right up until yesterday, after being a L4. 😔

 

Latest posts

Top