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What is the life span of a praying mantis?

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Although different species of praying mantis have varied life spans, they generally only live up to one year. Of this year, only six months are spent as an adult.

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What is the life span of a praying mantis?
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Over 2000 species of praying mantis are found around the world, and they vary in size from 1 to 6 inches long. Praying mantises also have many different looks, including some that feature elaborate camouflage for protection. Mantises can be kept as pets and do not take up much room, needing only a small enclosure. They are carnivores that eat other smaller insects, and they molt regularly as they grow larger.

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    What does a baby praying mantis eat?

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    Baby praying mantises eat prey that is similar to those eaten by adult praying mantises, including insects and other invertebrates. However, because the hatchlings are much smaller than the adults are, they must concentrate on much smaller prey species. Common prey for the youngsters include flies, mosquitoes, spiders, small larvae and grasshoppers.

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    What is the meaning of "praying mantis"?

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    A praying mantis is so named because of the way the front legs are positioned; these legs appear to be held like hands in prayer. Most mantises belong to the mantidae family of insects and are found in warm or tropical climates.

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    What is the biggest type of praying mantis?

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    The largest praying mantis species are the Chinese mantis, Tenodera sinensis, and the African mantis, Sphodromantis viridis. The Chinese mantis is the longer, reaching up to 4.3 inches in length. The African mantis is slightly shorter but is not quite as slender.

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    Can a praying mantis be kept as a pet?

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    A praying mantis can be kept as a pet and is considered an easy pet to care for, especially for beginners, according to KeepingInsects.com There are over 2,000 praying mantis species and many, such as the African praying mantis, are available in the commercial pet trade.

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