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Old 01-31-2005, 02:20 AM   #11
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what are the mantis' natural predators?
Based on what I've seen, I have a pretty good idea of what they natural prey is.

I would assume that some kind of large fish might find them tasty.
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Old 01-31-2005, 08:18 AM   #12
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My first mantis was eaten by my eel. He's just a baby and could squeeze into the mantis' burrow.
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Yummm. Boiled mantis tail with some butter
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That's life. Just as you think you're the top of the food chain...you get eaten!
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I had a similar battle with one of those very same crabs.

He was blocking up the holes in the rock where my Firefish slept at night. She kept trying to get in, but ultimatly she was out in the "cold" for a couple of days.

Figureing he was becoming a bit to agressive and may even try Killing her, I knew something needed to be done.

Unfortunatly I don't have a tank with a Mantis to exercise, So I ended up dumping the crab in the toilet.

(I wanted to just kill it quickly by smashing it with a hammer, but my fiancee said that would be cruel. She wanted to flush it. )
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i know that this will sound bad, and im not a bad person, but i wonder what would happen if two mantises faced off.
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I had someone tell me the other day that they watched a pistol shrimp and a mantis duke it out....and the pistol won. I was surprised. Apparently, it was an equal weight class bout to boot.
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