Definitely! I have a bunch of pet mantids right now, actually! They’re “safe” from the standpoint that they’re non-venomous and are generally non-aggressive if they don’t perceive you as a threat (though temperaments can vary from species to species), so they’re safe (and fun) to handle and observe. It’s really fascinating to let them wander over your hands and climb around on houseplants and the like, and watch how they interact with their environment.
The ones I have are four Hierodula majuscula nymphs, which is a very large tropical species from northern Australia. They’re very hearty and huge as adults, but there are also tons and tons of other species you can raise. You can also just catch them in the wild to raise, if they’re native to your climate, or you can often buy a mantis ootheca (egg sac) from your local nursery and hatch it and raise a few! 
I’d recommend checking out Mantidforum.net, where there are tons of posts about mantis care and even a forum for buying and selling them through the post (which is where I got mine - the little guys ship remarkably well if the weather is fair and they’re packaged well.)
Also, a really good summary of the basics of mantis care can be read here! I’d recommend anyone interested in raising mantids to check it out. :D
~Mimblex

Definitely! I have a bunch of pet mantids right now, actually! They’re “safe” from the standpoint that they’re non-venomous and are generally non-aggressive if they don’t perceive you as a threat (though temperaments can vary from species to species), so they’re safe (and fun) to handle and observe. It’s really fascinating to let them wander over your hands and climb around on houseplants and the like, and watch how they interact with their environment.

The ones I have are four Hierodula majuscula nymphs, which is a very large tropical species from northern Australia. They’re very hearty and huge as adults, but there are also tons and tons of other species you can raise. You can also just catch them in the wild to raise, if they’re native to your climate, or you can often buy a mantis ootheca (egg sac) from your local nursery and hatch it and raise a few! 

I’d recommend checking out Mantidforum.net, where there are tons of posts about mantis care and even a forum for buying and selling them through the post (which is where I got mine - the little guys ship remarkably well if the weather is fair and they’re packaged well.)

Also, a really good summary of the basics of mantis care can be read here! I’d recommend anyone interested in raising mantids to check it out. :D

~Mimblex

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    I so want pet mantids someday *_*
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