Scientific name: Popa spurca
The African Twig Mantis is a species of praying mantis native to Africa. It takes its common name from its resemblance to twig from a woody plant. P. spurca is the only species in the genus Popa.
Appearance / health:
Female Popa spurca grow up to 8 centimetres (3.1 in) long, and males to 7 cm (2.8 in).
Behavior / temperament:
African Twig Mantis are usually docile and easy going. They may get aggressive while feeding. Handling is not recommended as they can fall and get injured.
Ideal enclosures would be fully ventilated and three times the size of the mantis itself. Usually a pre-made or handmade 10 gallon fully ventilated enclosure works fine. Younger specimens may be kept in similar enclosures, just smaller.
Temperatures should be kept around 70-85F with humidity levels around 60-70%. Substrate is not important but may be potting soil, coco fiber, or any soil like substrate. Tank décor is the most important and should be a variety of twigs, branches, vines, and fake (or live) plants. They also need a fully horizontal branch with room underneath it so they can hang upside down during molting.
Adults should be offered variety especially before breeding time. Offer crickets, flies, moths, and other insects. Babies should be offered fruit flies, pin head crickets, and other small insects.
African Twig Mantis - Popa spurca
The African Twig Mantis is an interesting and unusual Mantis species. They do very well in captivity and be kept in outdoor mesh cages measuring 60cm x 40cm x 40cm. They are amazing to keep and easy to feed, keep and breed. They are very active and will appreciate the extra space outdoors. This species can live for quite a long time in captivity. This is a ferocious predator and will eat any insect or invertebrate but inside the cage with it. They reach adulthood at the age of 5-6 months. They are arboreal animals and their cages need to be fitted with as many branches and plants as possible. Youngsters do very well on a diet of fruit flies and adults on a diet of crickets. A Great species of insect to keep and this is the reason why this species is so popular in captivity..
From RobWedderburn Jan 30 2016 2:56AM