Praying Mantis

The ultimate hunting machine, praying mantis can make

fascinating pets as they stalk and catch their prey…

Praying mantis are a surprisingly diverse range of insects, often perfectly adapted to camouflage in the wild. From those that look like orchids, to some that look like dead leaves, this mimicry both helps them to avoid detection by predators and prey alike.

While keeping praying mantis as pets is still quite an unusual hobby, there are ever more exotic pet keepers enjoying these most alien-like invertebrates.

If you’re looking for tips and advice on caring for praying mantis as pets then read on…

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Simply select from the following options to start learning all you need to know about keeping praying mantis as pets…


Introduction to Keeping Mantis

In one of the most detailed guides we've produced, this huge article gives a complete introduction to keeping praying mantis as pets.


Praying Mantis Housing

Find out about the best cages to use for your praying mantis, with advice on suitable sizing as well as recommended models.

Keeping praying mantis as pets can be a highly rewarding experience. This complete guide to looking after praying mantis in captivity will teach you everything you need to know.

How to Heat Praying Mantis Cages

Most praying mantids require a warm environment if they are to thrive. But how do you heat their cages, and what temperature should you aim for?


Best Praying Mantis for Beginners

Trying to decide which species of praying mantis to start with? Here's a run-down of some of the more popular species available today...


How to Breed Praying Mantis

We all know that praying mantis have a nasty habit of eating each other, so how do you breed paying mantis in captivity?


Why Do Female Mantis Eat the Males?

WOne of life's mysteries - why do female praying mantis often eat their mate's head after (or even during) mating?


How to Care for Praying Mantis Eggs

The ootheca that praying mantis lay is a wonder of nature - but how do you care for it properly so that the eggs hatch successfully?


Do Praying Mantis Bite?

Can your praying mantis do you harm? How safe are they to handle? Find out here...

Types of Praying Mantis

Got a particular species of praying mantis in mind? If so, the following care guides tell you everything you need to know…


Chinese Mantis Care Sheet

The Chinese mantis has become rightly popular among pet keepers, being easy to look after and breed, which makes them readily available and cheap to buy.


African Mantis Care Sheet

For anyone looking for a good “starter” mantis as a beginner, you could therefore do a lot worse than Sphodromantis.


European Mantis Care Sheet

Mantis religiosa, known more commonly as the European Mantis, is considered to be one of the most widely distributed mantis species of all.


Orchid Mantis Care Sheet

Famed for their unique flower-like appearance, the adult mantids vary in colour between a pure white through to rich pinks and purples.


Ghost Mantis Care Sheet

The Ghost Mantis (Phyllocrania paradoxa) is a stunning species, broadly distributed across Africa and Madagascar. The name itself means “leaf head”, and it’s hardly difficult to see why.


Dead Leaf Mantis Care Sheet

As the name suggests, this incredible insect resembles a dead, crumpled leaf as an adult, perfectly helping it to camouflage in its surroundings.