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Live Pet Chinese Praying Mantis

By: on August 11, 2016
Live Chinese Praying Mantis
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The praying mantis. As fascinating and educational as a moon jelly, but even more fun to keep as a pet because it will "tolerate handling." Especially if you let it suck some of your blood.

Indoors, the adorable carnivore lives best in a terrarium and would appreciate regular access to small insects, such as the container of 100 fruit flies* included with this live praying mantis purchase. You can also let it loose in your garden to fend for itself, and help keep you plants safe from leaf predators. Beware though: an adult female might also go after your hummingbirds.

The praying mantis kit includes a live specimen up to 1-1/2" in length, shipped overnight along with:

  • A 32-ounce vented container
  • Coconut fiber
  • A wooden perch
  • A branch to add foliage to the mantis' home
  • The 100 fruit flies

*Does anyone experiencing a hot summer and even one single tiny speck of food left on their counter join in my disbelief that anyone would ever willingly bring 100 fruit flies into their home? At this point, I'm ready to order 100 praying mantises to get rid of the 10,000 fruit flies born overnight in mine.