What to do with an unexpected Mantis religiosa sac!??!!

MrsHaas

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Ladies and Gentlemen,
My son found a full grown female Mantis religiosa and brought it home...
Two days later she laid a sac (2 weeks ago)...!!
What are my options? How long do I have before they hatch? How much are they worth individually? Etc.
I want to know everything about hatching them bc I think I might actually do it...
I have ZERO experience with mantis’ so I’m a bit over my head!
My options are 1)free food for my tarantulas; 2)selling in bulk 3)selling individually, etc...
I don’t know... I want to know everything I need to know if I decide to go thru with hatching the sac... I’m still on the fence. Either way I need the knowledge to feel ok with the decision I make.
Any answers welcome!! Thank you!!
 
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rosenkrieger

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They have to have a cold period before they hatch. If it's a native species, I'd just put the egg case back outside. mount it to a vertical surface like a wall or fence and let it over-winter and hatch outside.
 

MrsHaas

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Hi again everyone,
I have some bad news.
Sammy (my kid named the Mantis religiosa) has died...

Her egg sac hasn’t hatched yet. I’m totally inexperienced- any advice welcome!
 

MrGhostMantis

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Keep it in a 32oz deli cup if you want to keep babies, AKA hot glue the underside of the ooth to a fabric lid and mist every 2-3 days with bottled water. Keep it in the fridge for 1-2 months and it should hatch a few weeks after you take it out if it’s fertile.
 

MrsHaas

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I’ve heard of nymphs being used as feeders, and opinions in that?
 
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