Proper Care for a Baby Praying Mantis

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Introduction: Proper Care for a Baby Praying Mantis

About: this instructable channel is here because i can never find good reptile care instructbles on here so every monday i will post a new instructable on the care of diffrent reptiles, amphibians, and invertabrets.

This Instructable will teach you how to care for a small or baby praying mantis of almost any species. everything from feeding, to handling.

Step 1: Mantis Basics

Now first we need to know some things about praying mantis's. in the wild there are many diffrent kinds of mantis. some of the normal pet species are chinese mantis, budwing mantis, and aisan giant mantis. praying mantis eat almost any living creature that is small enough to grap. the big mantis can eat hummingbirds and mice! praying mantis are also capable of flying but not very far.

Step 2: Cage

your baby's cage is not going to need to be big. a plastic container or jar will work if your baby is about 1" long (that is a baby). you want a container that in more tall then wide but still wide enough that you can fit your hand to the bottom so that you can do maintenance.

Step 3: Inside the Cage

now to make your mantis's habitat. for substrate ECO-earth works best (the coconut fiber kind). put about 1" layer of eco-earth on the bottom of the cage. now you can get elaborate with leaves and flowers but it is not needed. all you need is a good stick with some branches. make sure you have a pearch were your mantis can hand upside down so they can molt.

Step 4: Feeding and Water

Feeding is a little more difficult with baby mantis then with adults. this is because baby's need to eat smaller foods. fruit flys are the best but they can get out of the cage sometimes. I use little pinhead crickets, 1 or 2 will fill the mantis up for a few days. you do not half to do much for water because mantis's get most of there liquids from there food. just spray the cage lightly with water every few days.

Step 5: Handling and Maintenance

you must be VERY careful when handling a baby mantis or any mantis in that matter. you must let the mantis crawl onto your hand you can't grab them or anything. you can lightly touch their back end to get them to move onto your hand. for maintenance make sure you keep the ground of the cage clean of any dead crickets and change the substrate every 2 weeks.

Step 6: Your Done!

that is all you need to know about the care of a baby praying mantis! enjoy your new pet!

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37 Discussions

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violet.henderson
violet.henderson

Question 3 months ago

Is it Okay if i use grass instead of eco-earth for my enclosure

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heidyreyes712
heidyreyes712

Question 4 months ago on Step 4

Hi, my praying mantis is smaller than usual baby praying mantis, which I find it difficult because the bugs that I give him/her are small but he/her doesn't eat them.

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Ava as in Avalon
Ava as in Avalon

4 years ago

I live in Florida and at school they gave us baby mantises. But mine is really small. He/she isn't very lively. How long can they go with out food? I need to get Squishy some food but like I said he/she is small like smaller then what u said they were.

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freeandclean1979
freeandclean1979

Reply 5 months ago

Wingless fruit flies from pet store or order online. My baby won't eat out of my hand worried....

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waffleWarrior16
waffleWarrior16

Reply 4 years ago

about 2 or 3 days.

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freeandclean1979
freeandclean1979

Question 5 months ago

Not sure if tiny one is eating treid giving fly's won't take it not sure if he eating when I'm not looking I want see him do it would make me feel had him for two weeks the other two were dead on arrival the lady would replace them cause I didn't take pictures wtf not business like at all I but kit from here she didn't make of a effort I got wingless from fly lava has no hatch now as today can't find flies don't were I'm going get them not if Mr pet man has them need something he catch easy help?

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jayt985
jayt985

Question 6 months ago on Introduction

I have new hatching of praying mantis (100+). They are now about 4 days old. I have kept them misted with lukewarm water and around 70-72 degrees. When should they start or attempt to eat wingless fruit flies? I could use some ideas to get them eating or I'm concerned they won't make it.

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Lisavrnr
Lisavrnr

1 year ago

While hunting for moths for big preying mantis I caught a baby 1! will big mantis kill baby one or is it only mating females which kill males

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ZacL16
ZacL16

Question 2 years ago on Introduction

My 2 mantises are 1/4 inch long, and one has injured rear legs...do i still feed them fruit flies, or should they be dead first...can they eat pollen, as i heard they can if food is scarce; i just want to save them, because mantises are very smart for insects...i've had one return to me after being hit by a car...it honestly seemed like it wanted me to put it out of its misery; it was so weird...

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canida
canida

11 years ago on Introduction

Nice looking little mantis! What do you do with the adult - continue to keep it as a pet, or release it into the wild?

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coolherps1
coolherps1

Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

keep as a pet. unless you know for sure that the mantis you have is native to that area. adult mantids make greats pets!

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LizzyF2
LizzyF2

Reply 2 years ago

I read that mantis only live for 3-6 months. I don't know if that is after they get their wings or if that is from the time they hatch.

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srodrikh16
srodrikh16

4 years ago

My son came home with two baby mantis they gave him at school... In a small plastic cup and a cover with a few tack holes. We're in Arizona and it's fairly cool temp now. But I won't be able to get the earth and branch or stick for them until tomorrow afternoon, will they be ok until tomorrow?

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DorreenA
DorreenA

Reply 4 years ago

We ha praying mantises when I was growing up including a mantis egg "sack" they will eat each other if put together.
FYI - For anyone interested we also had an adult manis with an injured front "arm" my parents used to do a couple of things to help him, 1. Dad used to catch the flies for him put them on a toothpick Sam (the mantis pretty much stayed in the dinning room window) dad stuck the toothpick in the screen so Sam could eat it. 2. My parents would also put a tiny bit of raw hamburger on a toothpick & again put the toothpick in the screen for Sam to eat. They do prefer live prey but since Sam couldn't catch it himself hetook what my parents fed him.
(Dont know if I said anything helpful here but hopefully something I said will help someone.

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LizzyF2
LizzyF2

Reply 2 years ago

That was a nice thing your dad did, and fascinating that he ate the hambuger meat....good job.

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ZacharyM42
ZacharyM42

Reply 4 years ago

Definitely helped me cuz i just found a baby missing a front leg. Now ill just catch a baby fly and feed it with a dulled out sewing needle until he molts and regrows it but it shouldnt be too much harder than raising black widow hatchlings☺

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Dimondlover61
Dimondlover61

Reply 4 years ago

I'm not a perfusion all but they can last about 2-3 days I think but 1 day will be fine

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waffleWarrior16
waffleWarrior16

Reply 4 years ago

they should even last 5 or even 8 days without no worries.

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LizzyF2
LizzyF2

Question 2 years ago on Introduction

Hi, I found a baby mantis on the spoiler of my car (he must have liked the wind beneath his wings.lol) Anyway i've set him up in a terrarium but now i'm curious on how much to feed him. I don't want to over feed him. I have a net and have caught 5 flies, which he enjoyed....Is that enough? I read that they only need feeding every second day. I am keen on keeping him happy and healthy so any advice will be appreciated. Also, I read that crickets aren't the best food as they can attack a nymph, so what would be the ideal meal?.

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gammonmom
gammonmom

3 years ago

So I ordered an egg pod and in a few weeks they hatched. I didn't want them eating each other as I assumed they would do so I let them go in my shrubs outside. Now I'm worried that they won't get enough to eat. Surely nature will take care of them? Any suggestions? There are about 75 of them. I spread them out so they weren't close to each other on arbervitae trees and yew shrubs that I know have insects large and small in them all the time (not to mention ants).