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African Twig Mantis

Popa spurca


-This is a smaller species of mantis found across sub-Saharan Africa. As their name implies, they demonstrate a 'stick' like appearance and camouflage quite well when perching on tree branches, shrubs, or thorny plants. This species demonstrate limited communal tolerance and care should always be taken when co-habitating predatory species. 


-Native to a wide range of environments. Tropical woodland, sub-tropical dry forests, thorny scrub, grasslands and marshes can all host these dimunitive predators. Provide these animals with vertically oriented enclosures, good ventilation, regular mistings and prey offerings. 


-Females are slightly larger than males, and 2-3" is fairly common for twigs. 

African Twig 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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