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Sphodromantis lineola L3 Giant African Mantis

Sphodromantis lineola L3 Giant African Mantis

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Sphodromantis lineola , common name African mantis or African praying mantis, is a species of praying mantis from Africa sometimes raised in captivity. It may be distinguished from Sphodromantis baccettii by the absence of blue-black spots on its forearms.

The Giant African Mantis, or Bush Mantis, is one of the most popular species of pet mantises. They range from 6-8 cm long and are bright green to dull brown. They are very easy to keep in captivity, provided correct food and shelter.

Care

Habitat

These aggressive mantises live in a woodland environment, one of the simplest terrarium types to create and maintain. They need a box-like terrarium (all sides are the same length), with a minimum of 5 gallons and a maximum of about 10. A substrate of soil or mulch covered by a layer of bark will be the perfect ground cover for these simple arthropods. Many branches will provide climbing opportunities, and dense foliage will decrease stress. A small heat mat will provide adequate temperatures, about 80 degrees. The humidity should stay about 60%, provided by light misting.

Food and Water

Giant African Mantises eat many different insects, including crickets, roaches, moths and locusts. They will also eat pinkie mice. Misting will provide drinking water for these insects.

THIS NEXT CARE SHEET WAS MADE BY AN OWNER OF A GIANT ASIAN MANTIS!

GIANT AFRICAN MANTIS

Humidity: 60%-70%

 

Temperature: 20f-30f however species of mantis does do well at room temperature.

The higher the temperature is the faster it will shed/grow and shorten its lifespan but if you keep them at the room temperature; they will live longer!

 

Feeding: The abdomen needs to be round and plump - the amount of food will vary depending on the size etc. I would say as a general rule, feed at least 2-3 times a week on a few small insects. An owner of this mantis species said, "just feed it until it is full then feed it again a few days later". 

 

Terrarium size: The Terrarium needs to be three times the length of the mantis and needs to be at least 30cm tall. For a giant African mantis nymph to instar 6 mantis, you should use an exo terra tall nano terrarium, and for an adult mantis you should use an exo terra 30cm x 30cm x 30cm terrarium or the 30cm x 30cm x 45cm terrarium.

 

Lifespan: The giant Asian mantis will live for 3-6 months of kept at a warmer temperature and will live for 6-9 months if kept at room temperature.

Giant African Mantis

The Giant African Mantis, or Bush Mantis, is one of the most popular species of pet mantises. They range from 6-8 cm long and are bright green to dull brown. They are very easy to keep in captivity, provided correct food and shelter.

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