Can a Praying Mantis Be Kept As a Pet?

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A praying mantis can be kept as a pet and is considered an easy pet to care for, especially for beginners, according to There are over 2,000 praying mantis species and many, such as the African praying mantis, are available in the commercial pet trade.

Depending on the species, a praying mantis lives only about a year, with some species having a shorter life span. These insects do best in individual cages that are not too large so the mantis can easily find its prey. A 12 inch by 12 inch by 12 inch tank with a mesh top is a good size for many praying mantis species.