No, praying mantises don’t spit, so you don’t need to worry about your pet praying mantis spitting at you. But this does not mean that they do not produce saliva as they do produce saliva for easier ingestion of their prey. But even that saliva is harmless and doesn’t contain any kind of venom that you need to be worried about. However, praying mantises can sometimes pinch humans, though this is quite rare as they don’t usually perceive humans as threats. But in case they feel threatened they can use their front thorned legs to pinch and this too as we said is highly unlikely, and is only probable when you actually hurt the praying mantis.
To elaborate on this subject a bit more, the best way to describe how a praying mantis views humans is like a ” moving tree” and hence this is not something that it concerns itself with as it doesn’t have the ability to perceive us as food or anything of that sort.
Despite all this, it is recommended nonetheless, for you to wash your hands after you handle or feed a praying mantis
Is Praying Mantis Saliva Poisonous?
No, Praying Mantis saliva is not harmful at all, it does however contain enzymes to help with the digestion but it doesn’t contain any kind of poison as the main two weapons that a praying mantis uses while hunting are its front two legs that have sharp thorn-like structures on them and its mouth
How Does A Praying Mantis Mouth Work?
Surprisingly enough, praying mantises don’t use their mouth for breathing, rather they breathe through their skin. Their breathing process is completely independent of other functions of their body. This is basically done through very small pores on their skin called stigmata, and this air is then passed to the tracheae branch.
Other than this they have a mouth that is similar to many other insects, they have mandibles, which triangular in shape more than other insects. The breathing is independent of any organ through a series of small pores called spiracles ou stigmatas, and from which the tracheae branch to form the respiratory system.
When they capture their prey and are ready to eat, they open their jaws and the sharp parts of their mouth bites and rips off the flesh while the rest of the mouth moves back and forth forcing the food inside the body so to be digested
Do Praying Mantises Bite Humans?
It is very rare for a praying mantis to bite humans as they don’t consider us a threat of any sort and even if they feel highly threatened they will use their front two legs to pinch, but again this too is very highly unlikely and not something that happens, as praying mantises are quite harmless when it comes to humans. This usually only happens when they are hurt by humans and take a defensive stance for anything moving near them
Do Praying Mantises Bite And Eat Plants?
No, Praying mantises don’t eat plants as they are carnivores, and their usual diet consists of other insects and living things roaming around in their habitat. However, plants do act as a great camouflage for most praying mantis due to the color of their skin. Most of the praying mantises’ species are overwhelmed by the colors: brown and green and both of these colors can be quite helpful in camouflaging whilst hunting as with a couple of leaves around they just look like another leaf unless they actually show themselves and attack.
Does A Praying Matnis Fly?
Yes, most species of Praying Mantises do have the ability to fly and they do often use it when they feel the need to. But this isn’t usually done to their convenience as it usually leads to unnecessary exhaustion and requires quite a lot of energy from the Praying Mantis’ side. The Praying Mantises also aren’t able to fly unless they have become full adults
Dancing Praying Mantises
Praying mantises can also sometimes be seen to do something looking similar to a dance, they move around their bodily happily, sometimes, but what does this mean? This basically is one of the ways a male praying mantis invites a female praying mantis to mate
The Praying Mantis is also cannibalistic in nature, which means that it doesn’t mind eating its own species. A recent study found that female mantises end up eating their mates after copulation around 13 to 28 percent of the times
Normal Habitat Of Praying Mantises
The Praying Mantises are usually found to live in a wide variety of places. For example shrubs, stems, tree trunks e.t.c. The Praying Mantis usually prefers a warm temperature of around 70°F and 85°F which is nearly the normal room temperature, so you don’t need to worry about much regarding this aspect if you are thinking of buying one as a pet.
At night the praying mantises don’t mind a bit of a drop in the temperature but it shouldn’t be dropped too much. To elaborate, the temperatures can be as low as 18°C for the praying mantis to stay comfortable. And note that any temperature lower than 10°C can be fatal for a praying mantis. The immunity to temperatures can vary a bit depending on the species but it doesn’t vary much and all fo them work the same way as we are discussing
When it comes to humidity, Praying Mantises are quite laid back on this end too as it doesn’t care much for the water and prefers dry air better. But the Praying Mantis does need water to drink though not much, so if you are keeping a Praying Mantis as a pet, you should spray some water through a bottle once a week, as the Chinese Praying Mantis would happily drink the droplets from the leaves. This means that you don’t need to keep a special Petri dish for it to drink from. If you want to look more into how to take care of a Chinese Praying Mantis, Wikihow has a great article on this very topic, so do give it a look if you are interested. “°How to Take Care of a Praying Mantis“
Hopefully, this article was helpful in answering some of your insects’ related questions. If you want to go through an article on what insects eat, we have a great article on that too, so do give it a look if you’re interested “What Do Insects Eat?“