Posted Dec 02, 2013
The praying mantis is fun to play with, fun to feed, but does not need to be kept in a cage for long periods. I have had many of these as pets over the years, but would only keep for a few days at a time. While I was very successful at keeping them as pets, the praying mantis truly belongs outside, in the garden.
A simple cage with a top works fine. I would always throw in a small branch with some leaves for them to walk around on. They will eat practically any insect, from crickets and grasshoppers to aphids and ladybugs. It is fun to watch the mantis kill and eat his prey. I also enjoyed letting them walk up and down my arm, because their little feet tickle.
The praying mantis is fun to keep for a day or two, especially for children. But ultimately, they need to be let go outdoors where they can be a great help to any garden.