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Old 12/29/2018, 05:05 PM   #1
Hadla
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Has anyone ever had a smithii that was very interactive and not a recluse?

This is my second one and he also just seems to hide I thought he was dead if he wasnít down for a molt and finally saw him yesterday.


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Old 12/30/2018, 04:03 PM   #2
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My first peacock was like this, very reclusive.
Hos many different species do you have now?


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Old 12/31/2018, 01:13 AM   #3
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Just the smithii for now ☹️


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Old 01/02/2019, 08:25 AM   #4
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My smithii wasn't really out and about too much. If you're accustomed to keeping Peacocks or other Odontodactylids then you might be a bit disappointed. Smithii's are interactive but not like Peacocks in my experience.

A lot of conversation about mantis shrimp seems to be about making generalizations regarding the behavior of the various species. We all want to think that getting a particular species guarantees a certain level of activity and so forth but the truth seems to be that each individual mantis has a different temperament and activity level. It may be true that some species are better known than others for being active (for example, Peacocks > G. chiragra) but those generalizations do not always hold true. I once had a fairly active Chiragra and a much less active Smithii. But both of my Peacocks were active and full of personality.

Bottom line is to just try to create the most healthy tank environment for the mantis and usually they will respond positively.


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Old 01/11/2019, 02:51 PM   #5
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My first peacock was like this, very reclusive.
Hos many different species do you have now?


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So my other mantis is still alive, just donít know what species he is and itís hard for me to get a decent pic of him lol


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Old 01/24/2019, 07:51 AM   #6
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My smithii is often out and about. I have a PVC structure and lots of rubble rock for him to interact with. I've observed molts lasting for 2-3 weeks thus he can go quite awhile without being seen. Mine seems to run 2-3 months of activity, 2-3 weeks of molt.


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