What kinds of pets do you have, and why it is you haven't discovered how cool and fun a praying mantis as a pet is yet?
They're easy to take care of, low maintenance, they're cool as fuck, chicks dig 'em, and you can take them out and play with them.
I have a pygmy hedgehog
Pic is her
Yeah, there's only two ways a pet mantis will die prematurely and it's too much humidity growing mold, or having a bad molt.
You can solve both of those, or at least reduce them, but making sure you have a habitat that works best for the species.
i got like 7 cats atm, but most of them are the children of this whore
ill mail someone a kitten its to much
I guess its cool. Nothing beats a dog for me though. It's high maintenance, but I feel like he adds a lot of value to my life (go on runs, bitches love him, guards house, etc.)
You nailed it. They're such an amazing insect, and it's incredible how they've evolved.
It's like, in the insect world it's this extreme chemical warfare, with stinging, poison, acid, webbing, sucking out brains, laying eggs inside of stuff, it's all incredibly sick.
Mantis are born as cute, tiny little mantis versions of themselves, then hunt prey like tigers. They're so much more baller than any other bug.
They also look you in the eyes, and can learn tricks. They're easy to condition to trust you. They also like watching screens and monitors, so they'll watch you play video games.
My mate used to breed them for a few years.
They're such fucking cool insects to sit and watch when you've just smoked for a few hours.
He never had any really exotic kinds but they were still cool.
So what can you do with a praying mantis aside from look at it and try not to accidentally smush it? You can't bond with something that's only programmed to hunt and eat other bugs, mate, and then die.
OP that mantis looks awesome. Will consider getting one and not feeding it to my Indonesian blue tongued skink.
BTW, don't get a skink. These things are assholes. Their jaws are crazy strong. The skinks used them for breaking open eggs in the wild and my skink almost broke open my fingernail.
Orchid mantis is really amazing to look at. If it wasn't for the males and females being such different sizes, with the males being much smaller, and their ooths hatching only a dozen offspring, they'd be much more common pets.
Got me a pretty large snake collection, ranging from like $500-4k a piece. Green tree pythons, amazon basin ETBS, amazon tree boas, albino olive pythons, a few of the uroplatus genus, and boiga D. Latifasciata. Sweet mantis though I've been wanting some for a while!
In the pet trade the most expensive are probably orchids at maybe $35 each, wandering violin mantis $35, or devil's flower mantis, which could run up to $75 for a single bug.
The more common ones like native species or the giant Asians are under ten bucks. A lot of people also swear by ghost mantis, because they're cool looking, easy to keep, and not more than maybe $12 each.
You feed them flightless fruit flies when they're small, and then crickets when they're bigger. You can buy either at any pet store.
This is phil. Found him when he was a baby, lying on the sidewalk. No mother came to get him so I took him home and hes been a massive pain in the ass every since. Always fucking eating, bites the shit out of my hands, cant hold still for a fucking second, and he pisses and shits everywhere. But other than the mess and the cost of the cage hes pretty easy to care for.
This is my dumbo eared rat, Tala. Her colors are cinnamon and white, only cinnamon spot she has is her mask. <3
I also have two dogs and a cat.
I would get a ghost mantis if you want something neat looking and easy to keep.
If you want something big you can play with, it's kind of like having a tiny cat, get a big native species like the Chinese or order one of the giant Asian species.
Room temperature is fine for most species, and you just spray them with a water bottle, right into their habitat, maybe once every couple days.
They're arboreal, so they don't need a whole lot of space, and a paper towel a the bottom of a mason jar with a stick and a mesh lid is all they need.
It's not that huge, it's mostly due to the shitty close-up quality and because it's behind a glass. It's about 10-12 cm long
I mostly feed it special pellets, they smell like shit but he's crazy about them and seems healthy so..
I get mine as babies. So a normal mason jar is fine, then I upgrade them to a much larger one later as adults.
They don't need a whole lot of space because they're ambush predators, and prefer a small range. It also means the feeder insects like flies and crickets are more likely to go to them.
if he was hand raised since he was a baby he is no longer wild.
Derped and gave me the low res version
Ants make are great pets, cheap, low maintenance and interesting to watch!
How do you condition them properly?
My copper axolotl sorry it's kinda dark in my house
Heres another from when he was younger.
You do the treadmill with your hands, and get them used to walking on your hands, hand over hand. You can also feed them honey as a treat, and they get conditioned for it.
If you keep going, and they trust you. You can hold your hands apart once they're adults, and have them fly over the gap. You can see it in OP's video.
You just put it on the end of a stick, or get honey sticks and just cut the tip open.
It's funny, because they won't trust it at first, but if you just put it up to their face they'll start eating it, and if you pull it away slowly they'll stretch out as far as they can then start walking all stretched out to keep eating.
Mantis also like ripe fruit. But you don't want to overdo it, their main diet should be insects.
Jesus Christ that's so cute please give her many kisses.
Cool pet! are they soft to the touch?
Kisses to all your animals anon, you sound like you love your rat, she's very pretty.
Phil looks soft.
I rescue pit bulls I have 2 right now. After some hard work they're awesome
Yeah great dog but he's a bit of a challenge, his prey drive is off the charts. The family decided to introduce chickens into the back yard without introducing them to the dog first or letting me know or even supervising for at least 10 minutes... dog chased a 7 down in their coop and decided to bring me one when he was done....
A year old, I have her in a 75 gallon for now and yeah she'll eat the shit out of anything that touches the water
She's gotten me twice so far but she's too little to fuck up my finger or anything
They require proper training. They get a bad wrap because they're abused so much. If you're alpha with them and set barriers there's no issue. Don't be a beta cuck and you'll be ok sweetie.
No I know the point I was getting at was they're not terrifying and don't deserve the bad rap they get if my big ass dummy of a boxer got the better of them. The dog I don't trust and wouldn't mess around with are akitas those thing are fucking huge and have a really nasty temperament
I agree with you, when I was a kid my neighbor had a chow, I would always take a hotdog with me before school to throw at him so I could skate off before he attacked. They're bad ass
Not necessarily, all the boxers I've had have been chill they're just very much like a young child. Smart but dumb and always overly excited to see you, the white husky I posted up there is fucking super energetic regardless of how long of a walk or hold long we play... dude always ready to go
I must have just had a wild one. I still love the boxer face. The pits I have now are so sweat I just had to break the male. It's hard cause you can't physically hit them when they've been abused so I have to tackle them and hold them down usually 30-60 mins and you can feel them release. Once they've submitted to you you just had to be a hard ass about what's ok and what's not for them to do.
But i prefer them without the ears clipped
>his name was Bleve
Died of old age/heart attack when i was like 14
My sweet lil doggo, no abnormal training or shows of dominance necessary. Trained her with only positive reinforcement, loves to do tricks and do w/e i'm doing
Great thread till Edgar the club foot and his asshole breed of autistic bred shit dogs had to show up and ruin it.
You're not cool and no one likes you or your wastes of animals.
So don't be a nigger while you own one and you should be good.
Beautiful doggo, but purebred?
I've watch Mangnum P.I., so I'm a bit of an expert.
Just as I thought typical pit/doberman owner. You're over weight, underwhelming and make poor life choices. I hope your shit dogs take a chunk out of you or someone you care about, especially when they get older and impatient
Do free range spiders count as pets?
cause, there's a bunch of them in my house...
I dunno anon I got my college payed for and played long enough in the league that I draw a pension. Got to fuck two and three women at a time because they love the football dick. Opened a despensary in Las Vegas and Married a lawyer. Life's pretty sweet right now.
Ive had both breeds and since Im not a nigger and train my dogs properly theyre fine. never had any problems. Simple, dont be a lazy fucking ape and your dogs will be how you want them to be. Dogs were bred and created by HUMANS. They are only as good as we treat them. Dont blame the dogs for your mistakes you fucking trash.
>The stories and information posted here are artistic works of fiction and falsehood.
>Only a fool would take anything posted here as fact.
Gonna need your lawyer husband to bail you out when your dog Jamal bites someone
And you have to learn that you are the minority. No one trusts and likes your dog unless it's their pit. Think about it dipshit. You aren't cool, tough, or OG.
You're just another asshole people like to avoid, and so is your shit dog
I don't own my dog for other people, you dickless faggot. I don't mistreat my animals like you obviously do otherwise you wouldn't be so very terrified of them turning on you. Why are you so scared?
This is my pet, you can pat them when they are still caterpillars. then they fly away and leave you, only to repeat the cycle next year.
maintenance = room to plant milkweed/swan-plant
Remind you of another animal that is the minority yet makes up the majority of violent attacks in the US? You pro pitbull idiots are in denial. They are a genetically retarded breed
Um, you don't also have deaths head moth, do you?
I saw one of those things on the roof of a parked car once doing security rounds at night.
Creeped me out. It's the only insect I can think of that actively looks back at you when you look at it.
Mantids are cool, I used to raise them when I was in elementary school. I have a parrot now, pic related.
Not even close to being true if you're an even remotely humane dog owner.
Pits like chows wolfs dobies etc.. are strong and instinctive but the biggest factor is always the owner. My dog in particular has had 2 yr olds pinching her ears and crap and just licked and loved them incessantly. I am a hugely critical thinker and I have no doubt in my mind that even on a "bad day" she would NEVER attack a human.
> Saltwater Tank
> 2 English Bulldogs
> A wife
If you read the story for each victim theyre all abusive on drugs in jail have a pack of dogs you name it... its all from trash homes... be remotely organized and drug and violence free and gyess what.. you no longer have deaths from pits... this basically just proves theyre awesome .
Between my girlfriend and I we have a Dog Pitbull/American Bulldog, Leucistic Ball Python, 5 variations of Tarantula, a love bird (hate the fucking thing), 2 rats, a jackson Chameleon, and 2 iguanas. Just ordered an Indian Flower mantis for my GF for her birthday. it ships tomorrow.
OP, you should look into a Peacock Mantis shrimp. A bit more maintenance involved since it is a saltwater animal. But they are extremely hardy and totally badass! look up "Facts about the Mantis Shrimp"
my snake, super old pic completely updated setup now
fucking faggot trolls. lol
here is my pit. Best damn dog ever!