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Heterochaeta orientalis

African giant stick mantis

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Detailed species information in the Mantis lexicon.

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Scientific name: Heterochaeta orientalis
Common name: African giant stick mantis
Distribution: Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania
Habitat: Branches and shrubs
Size: Female up to 15 cm
Male little less
Livespan: Female up to 2 years
Male up to 1.5 years
Colour variations: None
Aggressivity: Low*
Difficulty: Middle (needs a lot of space)

*Group-keeping in all stages possible (However, cannibalism always possible! Especially adult females always feed well.

Enclosure (LxWxH):

  • Single-housing: from 30 x 30 x 40 cm
  • Group-housing: from 40 x 40 x 50 cm for 2 paires
  • Small nymphs can be reared in smaller enclosures (for moulting they need twice their body length free space downwards)

Two ventilation areas (gaze at top + front) adviced to prevent waterglogging.

Day 25 – 30 °C, night room temperature (below 18°C no problem)

Relative humidity:
Days ~ 40 – 60 %, nights higher


  • Substrate: Soil, sand, kitchen paper, gravel, coco humus etc. (animals seldom stay on the ground)
  • Branches (also horizontal/bent)
  • Living or artificial plants (Beware of pesticides!)
  • Clean with vinegar or biodegradable glass cleaner (afterwards rinse with clear water)
L1 Small fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster)
L2-L4 Big fruit flies (Drosophila hydei)
L4-L6 Greenbottle flies
L7 to adult Bluebottle flies

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