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Reptiles, Amphibians and Inverts A lot of aquarists also dabble in keeping reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. Why not have a place to chat about them? :D

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Old 06-05-2020, 11:15 PM   #1
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I am looking to keep some pet mantises, and or moth and butterflies. I don't see anyone selling mantises on this side of the border, are they banned here?
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I don't know about all mantises, but it's definitely legal to sell some of them because I've seen them sold for pest control purposes at garden centres in the past.

Here's a list of exotic pets banned in Toronto -- no insects are on the list.

Here's a government list of pest species that it's illegal to keep -- no mantises are on the list.
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You can buy native mantis egg cases from home depot and Costco.
https://www.homedepot.ca/product/pra...ase/1000700318
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