Bred invertebrate myself
Posted Apr 21, 2015
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