Mantis fell while molting

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I had a juvenile cat eye mantis arrive yesterday in the mail and I just came out to see her laying on the bottom of her cup with her lower legs and arms still stuck in shed. I stuck the legs of the shed back through the mesh on the lid so she’s upside down. I also added some damp paper towel to the bottom. I’m new to mantis’s will she get through this on her own? And if not how long do I wait before trying to help?
 

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I got his legs out but he’s badly deformed


Yes they did fall completely. I got them out of their shed but both legs and front arms are deformed. He’s still moving and wants to stand but his head is still curled into molt position.
Unless it can still grip with its legs it's a lost cause. If it can still grip then you can try hand feeding but it would still be a very remote chance of survival.
 

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Unless it can still grip with its legs it's a lost cause. If it can still grip then you can try hand feeding but it would still be a very remote chance of survival.
He has spunk and tries to grip but he can’t coordinate his legs well and his head being curled in makes it harder. will this kill him or is he stuck deformed till he starves to death?
 

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He has spunk and tries to grip but he can’t coordinate his legs well and his head being curled in makes it harder. will this kill him or is he stuck deformed till he starves to death?
It'll be stuck that way until it dies unfortunately. The way they molt is by gripping the top and stretching down. If it does not have use of the legs it's sadly not a positive outlook.
 

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It'll be stuck that way until it dies unfortunately. The way they molt is by gripping the top and stretching down. If it does not have use of the legs it's sadly not a positive outlook.
That’s really sad to hear I hate just watching things die. He has the same amount of energy as before his shed. I can get him to latch onto things with his legs but not on his own or very good because his curled in head gets in the way. If He accepts hand feeding will he still die?
 

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That’s really sad to hear I hate just watching things die. He has the same amount of energy as before his shed. I can get him to latch onto things with his legs but not on his own or very good because his curled in head gets in the way. If He accepts hand feeding will he still die?
It won't die if you can hand feed it. But if it can't molt it'll eventually die anyway. But at least it won't starve to death.
 

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It won't die if you can hand feed it. But if it can't molt it'll eventually die anyway. But at least it won't starve to death.
I don’t think he’ll be able to do another molt. Is it more humane to leave him be till he passes? And how long does it take to pass from a missmolt. I don’t know what to do it sucks seeing him unable to do anything
 

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I don’t think he’ll be able to do another molt. Is it more humane to leave him be till he passes? And how long does it take to pass from a missmolt. I don’t know what to do it sucks seeing him unable to do anything
I usually euthanize.
 

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What’s the best way to euthanize?
I do the smash method if I have to. But either way it's unfortunate when that happens.
I had one once that attempted to molt during transit and ended up in a similar situation to yours. There was sadly no hope.
 
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