This updated mantis habitat kit includes the following products as pictured (but does not include a mantis or food for the mantis).
This Mantis Habitat Kit includes everything you’ll need to successfully raise a young mantis nymph to maturity. The early instars (L1 to L4) are the critical growing stages between molts where difficulties sometimes arise for the novice keeper. Most of these issues are attributed to three factors: (1) Inappropriate sized cage (the mantis isn’t near to its food), (2) Lack of humidity/hydration (the mantis has difficulty shedding/molting its skin). (3) Insufficient molting surfaces (for when they shed their skin to grow).
This product bundle will take the guesswork out of setting up your first mantis pet’s enclosure by dealing with these problem areas. First, it is the correct size for a cage for young mantises in the sense that both young and older mantises can be kept in this “Goldilocks” sized cage. Pre-punched holes on the cup provide helpful cross-ventilation so that the air inside does not stagnate and become a refuge for dangerous bacteria/mold.
We have glued a strip of mesh to the underside of the lid to provide a textured surface for your mantis to molt from. We ship two “cuttings” of fake flowers for you to decorate the habitat with. We don’t guarantee any particular color to be in stock and ship random colors in general. However, you are welcome to ask for a particular color if you would like to.
Substrate is a very critical component of your pet’s cage because it not only provides a natural looking ground layer that helps to disguise the presence of tiny bits of frass (insect excrement), but more importantly it helps to maintain humidity in the cage. Coconut fiber packs down fairly densely and feeder insects are less likely to have small nooks to hide in than some other substrates. We ship enough to line the bottom of your cage twice over. This allows you to change the substrate if you wish to. And remember to wet down the substrate 2 or 3 times per week, or as needed. Not dripping wet but enough to raise the humidity in the container a little bit. This is more important if your mantis has not shed its skin in a while, and less important if it has very recently.
Pet Mantis Care video below featuring the older version of our mantis habitat kit (smaller 32 oz container).
Coconut Fiber, Sphagnum Moss
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