I was attending a reptile show in Bloomington Minnesota in early December. I wasn’t looking for reptiles this time. I was looking for assassin bugs and scorpions.
Reptile shows can be a great place to pick up insects and arachnids and meet local breeders. You also save on shipping and actually get to see your pet in person.
Well I got lucky when I met Shane from Sheets Zoo. They breed several species of praying mantis and cockroachs. They also breed assassin bugs so I was able to purchase 4 white spotted assassin bugs.
I took a photo of Sheets Zoo price list and the species they generally breed below. I’m sorry about the quality of the picture.
Giant Golden Mantis (Hierodula sp Golden) $15.00
Ghost Mantis (Phyllocrania paradoxa) $25.00
Orchid mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) $30.00
Giant Rain forest Mantis (Hierodula majuscule) $25.00
It’s so nice to have a local breeder who you can trust and share information about breeding and husbandry techniques. So I encourage you to go to a reptile show or exotic pet show in your area and meet the breeders or search on Facebook.
That’s how I met Shane and I look forward to doing a lot more business with them in the future. Please check out their Facebook page to see the other varieties of insects they breed and some great photographs. Here is their page Sheets Zoo