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PostSubject: woo hoo got my mantis :)   9/15/2011, 7:56 am

got these gorgeous little fellas off of ebay they arrived today am so happy with them Smile some of the pics are a bit rubbish one kept moving lol Smile will add a little video later when it finally loads lol Smile

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PostSubject: Re: woo hoo got my mantis :)   9/15/2011, 8:07 am

awwww!
you know, legally, if you buy them through ebay you have to feed them to your scorps.... Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: woo hoo got my mantis :)   9/15/2011, 8:20 am

well i just been reading that the larger mantis you can get and i quote.....
Mantises are exclusively predatory. Insects form the primary diet, but larger species have been known to prey on small scorpions, lizards, frogs, birds, snakes, fish, and even rodents; they will prey upon any species small enough to successfully capture and devour.
wow i never knew that one could take a scorpion lol Smile

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PostSubject: Re: woo hoo got my mantis :)   9/15/2011, 8:47 am

oh yeah, they can kill most things smaller than them.
when i had a chinese mantis ooth hatch i fed them fruit flies and a couple of big bluebottle fly things. they would grab the bluebottles which were probably 10times their size and would hold on trying to eat them while the fly was flying around.
fearless little killers, and they always have a look in their eyes that suggests they know a lot more than you...

you going to keep yours communally? if so give them room to get away from eachotther if they want to. they arent always communal...
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PostSubject: Re: woo hoo got my mantis :)   9/15/2011, 8:50 am

im going to disagree with birds, fish and small mammals though. i cant think of any of these a mantis would catch...
oh, perhaps fish actually...
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PostSubject: Re: woo hoo got my mantis :)   9/15/2011, 8:53 am

yup, they eat fish when the fish is trapped in a pint glass.. (youtube it, im not putting a link to it up).
it shows they could actually catch fish though...
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PostSubject: Re: woo hoo got my mantis :)   9/15/2011, 9:00 am

dammit! now i have to get some!
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PostSubject: Re: woo hoo got my mantis :)   9/15/2011, 9:06 am

nah got them seperate Smile

lol i saw a pic of one taking a dead goldfish out of a goldfish bowl lol Smile

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PostSubject: Re: woo hoo got my mantis :)   9/15/2011, 9:31 am

Grats! Smile

I would give them better ventilation in the enclosure if I were you. Some of mine have died probably because of too low ventilation.

Cut out a big hole in the lid and replace it with mesh. Its preferable to also cut one or more big holes in the sides of the container and replace that with mesh too Smile


Also, they are very communal so you can have them together in the same enclosure with no problem. As long as they have enough space and food it wont bother them too much Smile
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PostSubject: Re: woo hoo got my mantis :)   9/15/2011, 10:39 am

Just saw your vid.. funny little creature. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: woo hoo got my mantis :)   9/15/2011, 10:57 am

They are indeed awesome!
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PostSubject: Re: woo hoo got my mantis :)   9/15/2011, 11:03 am

A friend of mine has something similar, they're huge though, maybe aroung 10cm. Not sure if they're 100% the same, got to ask.
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PostSubject: Re: woo hoo got my mantis :)   9/15/2011, 11:09 am

thanx Smile

they have mesh over the top the lids were just put on to stop the fly from getting out. lids are off again now lol Smile

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PostSubject: Re: woo hoo got my mantis :)   9/15/2011, 11:09 am

oh yeah the vid......

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PostSubject: Re: woo hoo got my mantis :)   9/15/2011, 11:44 am

I do like their looks, looking very alienlike. It was alread snapping at something. Does it snap at your fingers too?
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PostSubject: Re: woo hoo got my mantis :)   9/15/2011, 11:45 am

Although they look freakish..........................and mantises scare me............how adorable & tiny with his little praying hands Smile

Curious guys. How do you sex these things?
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PostSubject: Re: woo hoo got my mantis :)   9/15/2011, 12:01 pm

tell the sex by the segmants, 8 segments for the male, and 6 or 7 for the female. didnt snap at my finger sam no lol Smile

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PostSubject: Re: woo hoo got my mantis :)   9/15/2011, 12:04 pm

Segments.

Do you mean their body?
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PostSubject: Re: woo hoo got my mantis :)   9/15/2011, 12:08 pm

yeah abdominal segments. females are larger than males, Males are shorter and narrower, Males can also be distinguished from females due to their long antennae and almost transparent wings Smile

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PostSubject: Re: woo hoo got my mantis :)   9/15/2011, 12:09 pm

Ah!

Very cool Smile
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PostSubject: Re: woo hoo got my mantis :)   9/15/2011, 12:21 pm

The males often have more evolved wings too, and they are longer.

DolbyR- Ghost mantids only reach 5 cm so it has to be another sp:)
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PostSubject: Re: woo hoo got my mantis :)   9/15/2011, 1:29 pm

where did you get these bex, i cant find any!
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PostSubject: Re: woo hoo got my mantis :)   9/15/2011, 1:38 pm

awesome little things
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PostSubject: Re: woo hoo got my mantis :)   9/15/2011, 1:43 pm

eBay Smile

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PostSubject: Re: woo hoo got my mantis :)   9/15/2011, 3:09 pm

you must have got the last ones... i just bought 10 off of bugzuk anyway. i have no idea what 2 of the species are like, and the third i only got one of so its fine.
oh and while i was there i got a H. cyaneus because i want to see how blue they really are...

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