Orchid Mantis - Hymenopus coronatus
The Orchid mantis is one of the most sought-after mantises in the hobby. They tend to be fairly rare, as they can be a challenging species to breed for a variety of reasons. Orchids are a tropical species native to the rainforests of Malaysia. They like higher humidity and temperatures slightly above room temperature (around 80°F). Because of their high temperature/high humidity requirements, we raise ours in PanTerra's Boxes and 12"x12"x18" glass terrariums with adequate ventilation.
Thistle Mantis - Blepharopsis mendica
The Thistle mantis is a dessert species native to North Africa and the Canary Islands. They prefer higher temperatures in the 90-100°F range during the day, and require very little water. Because of their high temperature/low humidity requirements, we raise ours in 12"x12"x12" mesh cubes for maximum ventilation, with a 60 watt incandescent bulb in a desk lamp to supply the required heat. They seem to be doing great so far, and all 9 are now at the sub-adult stage.
Carolina Mantis - Stagmomantis carolina
The Carolina mantis is native to the southeastern United States, and protects many people’s gardens from pests in the spring and summer. They mostly come in shades of green and brown to blend in with their surroundings and stalk unsuspecting prey. They can tolerate a fair range when it comes to temperature and humidity, due to the seasonal fluctuations of their natural habitat. In captivity, they should do fairly well between 70°F and 85°F, and around 60% relative humidity (RH). They can be kept in mesh cages, aquariums with a screen top, or a fully planted living vivarium.
Super Tiger Leg Monkey Tree Frog - Phyllomedusa tomopterna
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Dyeing Poison Dart Frog - Dendrobates tinctorius "Robertus"
The Robertus dart frog (also known as Dyeing Poison Dart Frog) is native to southern Suriname, and is generally found living near streams in the subtropical jungles interspersed across the region. They are diurnal, which means they are active and awake during the day. They do well in temperatures in the 65-80°F range, with 70-100% relative humidity. They do best housed in pairs as adults, with 10 gallons of aquarium per frog. They can live up to 20 years in captivity, so make sure you are ready for a long-lived pet, if you do decide to bring one of these guys into your home!