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-African Cat-eye Mantis-

Heterochaeta orientalis 


-An interesting species of 'twig mimic', these long, thin insects are fascinating mantids to keep and care for. Ranging across much of tropical sub-Saharan Africa. They grow large and benefit from spacious, well ventilated habitats as they grow and screen enclosures often work best for later instars and adults. 


-These mantids are frequently found in dry scrub forests, thorny grassland, and dense, tall grass clusters. Like all mantids, success can be increased by providing vertically oriented enclosures with a textured lid to allow molt anchoring, good air flow, frequent light misting, and frequent feeding. These mantids mature large, so size appropriate habitats are necessary as they grow.


-These are large and 'long' mantids and mature adults will measure 4-5" in length. 

African Cat-eye Mantis

  • All sizes are approximations, as these are living creatures some variables will occur. For mantids, the current range of instars (molt periods) will be listed. The reflected size varies quite a bit and is influenced by the adult size of the organism. Please contact us for more detailed information and ideal prey sizes. 

  • All live orders are shipped via FedEx priority overnight. All animals are guaranteed to arrive alive and in good health. For residential or business deliveries you are required to receive the package at first delivery attempt. For orders held for pick-up at shipping centers, you are required to claim the package by end of day. Otherwise the Live arrival guarantee is voided.

    In the event of a DOA I request photographic documentation of such, and notification within an hour of receiving the package. A refund of the animals purchase price will be issued or a replacement specimen scheduled for shipping. No refund of shipping costs is available. 

    Orders will be shipped in insulated shipping containers and when appropriate, will be shipped with either heating or cooling packs. 

    If you wish to combine live orders and merchandise in a single package please contact us via email to work out details regarding your order and the safest method to accomplish such. 

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