California, United States
Posted Jan 19, 2013
I found my mantis outside my house one day and just thought he was so cool I kept him. I had him for a few months and I was able to take him out from time to time. It was very cool watching him catch the food I'd put in his enclosure and he made for a neat conversational piece too.
I really dont think you need a lot for one of these. A 5 gallon tank seems perfect for keeping them in with some potting soil, and maybe a good branch with some leaves.
A light tank mist once a day so they can drink the dew
And then throw in some bugs for them to eat
I dont know if I'd recommend them for kids alone. Kids can be a bit rough and might hurt if if they try to take it out. Supervise your kids and just explain to them that they need to be careful.