Other common names: Dead Leaf Mantis; Giant Dead Leaf Mantis
Scientific name: Deroplatys lobata
The Malaysian Dead Leaf Mantis is found throughout Malaysian Rainforests. They are found in trees disguising themselves as leaves for camouflage.
Appearance / health:
Males grow up to 5 cm long and females grow up to 9 cm long. Much like their common name suggests, they resemble a dead leaf. They have shades of brown, tan, green, and other natural foliage color throughout their body. The underside of the mantis is a dark shade, so if something was to look up at it, it looks like a shadow of a leaf.
Behavior / temperament:
Nearly all species of Mantis are docile and calm. This one is no different. Even though they are non-aggressive, handling should be avoided as they are fragile and risk the chance of being hurt. Overall, the Malaysian Dead Leaf Mantis would make an unusual pet for any style of keeper.
For all mantis species, screen cages are recommended. This allows for full ventilation as well as being healthier for them. Adults should live in a large screen cage resembling a 5-10 gallon tank size. Baby and young mantises can live in smaller, but fully screened cages. Whatever they are being housed in should have more height than floor space as they spend nearly all their time in the branches.
Temperatures should be kept between 75-80F with humidity levels around 75%. No substrate is really needed but potting soil or peat may be added. A water dish is also not needed, since the cage will need to be misted (sprayed) with water regularly to keep the humidity up. Tank décor is important and should be a variety of sticks, branches, twigs, leaves, live or fake plants, vines, etc. They also need an area where they can fully hang upside down for molting purposes.
Adults should be offered crickets, moths, flies, and other pesticide free insects. Babies will need to be offered fruit flies, pin head crickets, and other small insects that they can over power.
peat moss, small feeder roaches, pinhead crickets
Malaysian Dead Leaf Mantis
The Malaysian Dead Leaf Mantis vary in colors and can grow up to be 5 ½ inches (for females) and 3 inches (for males). The males fly and females do not. They are a very expensive and popular exotic pet which usually cost about $15 to $20 each if you buy them from a breeder. They get their name because they resemble a dead or shrived leaf.
If you’re planning to keep one, I recommend that you keep your mantis in a 10 gallon fish tank (no water), branches for climbing, peat moss (optional) for bedding and at room temperature. Select a reptile screen to fit on top of the tank with a latch. Feed your mantis live insects (about 3-5 weekly) like crickets, meal worms, small feeder roaches and grasshoppers. If you keep more than one, each mantis will need their own tank. The female can be very aggressive when mating and will either breed with her mate or have him for dinner. Her eggs (about 100) are laid in ootheca (egg sac) within 10 -20 days of mating, which are usually laid underneath a leaf or branch. The eggs will need to be kept at a temperature of 73 to 76 degrees for 30 days and lightly misted with water daily until they hatch. The babies can be kept in 32oz deli cups with insect lids and a small amount peat moss at the bottom. Their babies can be fed pinhead crickets and fruit flies.
From PGK1966 Apr 21 2015 2:34PM