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Springbok Mantis - Miomantis caffra

Springbok Mantis - Miomantis caffra


Miomantis caffra is easy to take care of and is a middle size mantis, making it a popular species for beginners.

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Springbok Mantis - Miomantis caffra

We offer strong Nymphs of Miomantis caffra from L2 to L6. The nymphs are unsexed!


South African mantis, or more scientifically Miomantis caffra.


The color of the South African mantis is usually green, but there are also brown.
Miomantis caffra is a middle size mantis species that is successfully kept in captivity. Adult females are about 2 inches long (5 cm), the males are with their 1,5 inches (4 cm) a bit smaller. The males are also much thinner than the females. The wings of a male extend to just past the abdomen. The adult females are bigger and bulkier than the males, with wings that extend just to the abdomen.


Moimantis caffra is a fierce kind of praying mantis. This species will actively hunt its prey once it spots it. They are not the sit-and-wait kind of predators. A large prey insect does not scare a Miomantis caffra, it will attack anything its own body size or smaller. It won’t attack you though and can be handled easily. It will not be stressed out from having its enclosure close to people or pets.


Adult South African Mantises are no picky eaters, they eat almost anything. When adult they can easily grab adult crickets, locusts and cockroaches. Miomantis caffra newborn L1 nymphs eat all species of fruit fly, and when older will eat small crickets, flies and young crickets. They will hunt for their food and are not easily intimidated by their prey.

Environmental conditions

The ideal temperature for Miomantis caffra is about 24 ° C, but room temperature will also do (20 ° C). At night it can be cooler than daytime but at least 18 ° C.
This species does not have high demands concerning humidity, but it is important to spray with water every other day to allow the mantis to drink. A target air humidity is about 40 to 65%. Too high air humidity is a leading cause of death for this species of mantis!
As with all species of praying mantis, this species needs a cage that is at least 3 times the length of the animal height, and at least 2x the width of the animal. For an adult this means is at least 20 cm in height and 15 cm in width. A nice size for a terrarium would be 30 x 20 x 20 cm, so there is room for lots of fake plants and perches.

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