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Can a praying mantis hurt humans?

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A praying mantis can bite, but its bite is not powerful enough to harm a human. The praying mantis bite is not poisonous or lethal.

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Praying mantises are insects that are sometimes kept as pets, and some individuals raise and breed them. They are not aggressive and only bite when mistaking a finger for prey.

A praying mantis must be kept in a climate-controlled area and be fed regularly. If this process is kept up throughout the life of the mantis, it can live to be slightly over 1 year old. The mantis molts several times over its lifetime and eventually gains wings, which allow it to fly around in its enclosure.

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