Praying Mantis Overview
Scientific Name: Mantodea
Ease of Care: Beginner
Potential Adult Size: Up to 6 Inches (varies depending on specific species)
Life Span: Average 1 year (varies depending on specific species)
This species drinks moisture droplets from foliage so a glass terrarium must be lightly misted with a spray bottle.
We recommend using a glass or plastic enclosure which should be at leasr 20cm x 20cm x 30cm however we would recommend a minmum enclosure size of 30cm x 30cm x 45cm
Basic Equipment Needed
Housing: Glass Terrarium Terrestrial setup
Heating: Not always needed (Heat Mat can
be used if maintaining temperatures are an
Lighting: Arcadia Pro T5 UVB Kit ShadeDweller 2.4% works well
Substrate: HabiStat Spider Bedding
Water: Use a spray bottle
Praying Mantises are a diurnal species and require a suitable light and heat gradient in their Glass Terrarium. The species could be kept without an external heat source should the room temperature remain within
the suggested range. If this is not achievable, use a Heat Mat on an outside wall of the Glass Terrarium running in conjunction with a Mat Stat. This can be on 24/7, or just used overnight if there is a chance the required temperatures could drop below the recommended range.Mat thermostats are designed to regulate temperatures using a thermostat probe (also known as a sensor). Correct placement of the probe is critical to avoid overheating and injury to the Praying Mantis. Check temperatures regularly, using a reliable dual thermometer and hygrometer to ensure that there are no extreme fluctuations.
Use an Arcadia Pro T5 UVB Kit ShadeDweller Arboreal 2.4% works best on top of the mesh of the Glass Terrarium. The Arcadia JungleDawn LED Bar will aid plant growth, as well as overall Glass Terrarium illumination
and day/night cycle. Ensure that lighting is fitted correctly and within the
manufacturers recommended distances
Substrates & Decoration
Personal choice will dictate how you decorate your Glass Terrarium, but we recommend the following as examples:
Bedding that is suitable for Spiders and (Wood/branches/Cork bark for climbing on, hiding, and sleeping on/under. Live or artificial plant decoration.
Diet & Water
Praying Mantises are an insect-eating species; they should be fed a varied range of insects during the daytime when it is most active. The size of feeder will be determined by the size of the Praying Mantis. Small Mantis will eat Fruit Fly and Pinhead Crickets; larger Mantis will eat suitably
sized Crickets, Roaches, Calci-Worm, and Locust. Misting the Glass Terrarium foliage will help maintain the required humidity levels and provide hydration for the Praying Mantis.
Leaf Insects do not need any additional supplementation within their diet.
Most Praying Mantis species live in tropical/dry areas but are still found worldwide. Praying Mantis have a very flexible joint between the head and prothorax that enables them to swivel their heads 180⁰.
Health & Hygiene
We recommend the following cleaning routine to keep your Praying Mantis healthy and happy.
Water should be changed each day, with their enclosure being spot cleaned. Check the vents on enclosures are not blocked and allow air to pass through freely.
Once a week you should Disinfect the water bowl or dish, agitate the substrate to prevent any bacterial build up and to allow any dirty bedding to be removed. Wipe down the glass and walls with a reptile safe disinfectant.
On a monthly basis take out old substrate or half and replace with new substrate. Wipe down inside the enclosure and disinfect decor with a reptile safe disinfectant.
Always wash your hands, surfaces and equipment with warm water and disinfectant immediately before and after handling or feeding your Bearded Dragon, their food, enclosure and any other equipment.
The Five Animal Welfare Needs
The Animal Welfare Act 2006 means all pet owners have a legal duty of care to their pets. Anyone who is cruel to an animal or is found not to be providing the five animal welfare needs, as listed below, can be fined and sent to prison.
Environment: Pets should be given the correct housing according to its size, this includes shelter, space to exercise.
Diet: Pets should be offered the correct type and volume of food to cover all their nutritional needs alongside access to clean, fresh water and a secure, comfortable place to rest.
Behaviour: All pets should be allowed to exhibit normal behaviour patterns and should be provided with the facilities to do so.
Health: All animals should be protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease, and given veterinary treatment if they become sick or injured.
Company: Some animals require the company of their own kind, whilst others should be kept on their own.