Acquired: Bred invertebrate myself
2090, South Africa
Posted Apr 14, 2013
The Praying Mantis! Odd creature, humbling in nature nonetheless. I'd had insect pets before so I used an old fish tank I had previously used to house my Spiny Leaf.
It was fun and rather profound having this insect as a pet - I don't want to sound too zen but if you would notice the Mantis about its daily business (mine was mostly hanging from a branch and sometimes swaying back and forth) you'd see a guru in a ceaseless meditation, haha so I called mine Master, just - Master.
It was also pretty zen doing something I've done before with other insects that didn't seem zen back then which was misting the soil/grass/substrate on the bottom of the tank. It seemed like raindrops in slow motion, and the Master was unmoved in his meditation..
It truly is a cool pet to have, provided you have the time and patience to take good care of it by monitoring the enclosure, feeding it (it also eats live food, this I found interesting - bugs will do!) and generally spending some time watching it go about it's way, you'll truly learn something profound.