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URGENT PRAYING MANTIS HELP

Hi this is quite urgent. I’ve had my female giant Asian praying mantis for about 18 months now and she’s been doing really well. She has just laid her eggs for the first time and now she only sits on the floor. After a few days I noticed that her arms weren’t quite there. Sorry because I don’t know the technical name but the part that grips is gone. She can’t walk or anything. I’m really worried because I know she is old. Any help is appreciated.

Many female mantids lose their tarsi (feet) as they age...
It will mean that they cannot climb as well, but they often survive for quite a few weeks after this occurs. You're going to want to make sure she has horizontal space to walk around. Older mantids also tend to drink more water than usual. If she cannot catch food on her own, you can cut up mealworms or crickets and try hand feeding. 18 months is a pretty long time and most mantids do not live much longer than that anyway.

 
Thanks for your advice. She h
Thanks for your advice. She has managed to climb up her stick to the side of her enclosure so maybe she has adapted to the change.

I'm not an expert....
…but 18 months seems like a very long good life for a stick insect. You obviously took good care of her.

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