I think it's time to switch it up and add some insects to the animal room! Till now, their presence has been virtually nonexistent in my collection. I've always been intrigued by praying mantises and figured that's where I should start. Since this is my first one, I went with a small and easy to care for species, the Ghost Mantis (Phyllocrania paradoxa).
This animal is incredible! It looks like a leaf and even bobs around to mimic their movements. I have a clip of that at the end of the video. They don't get very large and unfortunately don't live very long either (8 months max). This one is already fairly large, so it likely only has 1-2 months left. That's alright though. I'm just getting my feet wet and this is a great starting point.
Stay tuned for part 2 of this build. In that one, I'll make the background, plant the setup, and add the mantis. If you want to know anything else about the enclosure or the mantis, let me know in the comments and I'll try to address it in next week's video. Until then, enjoy!
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