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Totally forgot I used to make compilation videos of my different mantis species. The is one of my favorites, the wandering violin. They are one of the few species that can live communally, won't eat each other unless really starving.

 
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Very dangerous transition for mantids. I've lost several as a result of a bad molt. Their exoskeleton is very soft right after and if they fall it hardens in the position they land. It's pretty horrific and sad.
 

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what "pet" means in Australia

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I have a false widow spider living behind my toilet, very fast and hides in a small opening between the pipe and the wall. Sometimes it comes out and hangs out on the web it made just outside the pipe. It gets plenty of water from the shower condensation and is probably living off the occasional escapee cricket for feeding my other critters.

It's a little too fast for me to trap it and release it. So I just let it stay. If it was a real widow spider it would be one of the few times I don't practice live and let live. We all have our limits.
 

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It's a little too fast for me to trap it and release it. So I just let it stay. If it was a real widow spider it would be one of the few times I don't practice live and let live. We all have our limits.

Huntsman spiders are considerably faster (and more interesting).
 
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One of the things that keeps me away from most tarantulas is flicking their abdominal hairs which you can see at about 0:37. Apparently it's very irritating and you can imagine why. The cat was not a fan.
 
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