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Finland
05/04/2017, 06:22 AM
I was wondering how often mantis molt? I have had a peacock mantis for 6 months and it has molted once. At least I am assuming it molted. It closed up his den for a week and wouldn't come out. before closing the den up, it went on a killing spree to rid the tank of all crabs and snails. after the week holed up, it was hesitant to come out for a few days, but then went back to normal. Never did see a molt, though.

nmotz
05/04/2017, 12:15 PM
Depends on their age/size. If they are near full grown they molt less frequently. Mine was a couple years old and molted every 4 months. You won't always see an old molt skin because the mantis usually eats it. Sometimes they'll bury it. My Peacock always consumed her old exoskeleton in its entirety.

But yeah that behavior you described is typical of a mantis prior to a molt. They're very aggressive and kill everything then they hole up and don't come out for a week or so.