March 2012 I aquired Spike from a local reptile shop. This is my first Mantid, but she seems fairly well settled into her exo terra tank.

The speed she catches her prey is unbelievable! Chomping on small locust right now.

Spike / mantis with Ootheca
Settled enough she's laid a bundle of eggs (Ootheca). She was very protective over this for a few days. I don't expect to see any youngsters hatch from this one though.