Hi there! A bit about me...
I bought my first mantis at the age of 15, she was a Sphodromantis species called Delilah. That little green predatory bug introduced me to the wonderful world of mantis and I've been hooked ever since. I dabbled in breeding a handful of species as a hobbyist for years until deciding to go bigger with my passion. And so in April 2018...The Cheeky Mantis was born.
My aim is to produce healthy, ethically raised Captive-bred mantis and help others discover the wonders of mantis keeping.
I live in Essex and trade at Invertebrate and Reptile Shows all across the UK. Check out the Shows section to find out when and where the next shows are happening. Thank you for reading and hope to see you soon Cheekies!
*Delivery Update 7th February 2021*
The weather forecast for the week commencing 8th February looks rather cold with temperatures as low as Minus 5 in some areas of the UK.
With the safety of our mantis in mind, I will not be posting out any mantis until Monday 15th February. On the 14th February I will re-check temperatures on the weather websites and make another judgement call as to the safest next dispatch date. All buyers will be updated via email and my Facebook Page.
Delivery in Winter/Spring
**** If the temperature is below 0c I will be postponing dispatches until the weather improves. The extremely low temperature will be too risky to the safety of our mantis, even with a heat pack. I will contact all buyers the night before your orders are due out if I feel the need of a delayed dispatch is the safest course of action. February can be very wintery and postponed sends outs are likely, so please take this into consideration before purchase. Thankyou.***
All Cheeky Mantis orders are sent out via Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed by 1pm *The guaranteed arrival time aspect of this service is Royal Mail responsibility.*
Due to the Coronavirus I am only sending out on Mondays and Wednesdays to keep my exposure to the Post Office at a minimum. All orders placed before 12 noon on a Sunday will be sent out the following day. I will need all orders received by 5pm on a Tuesday to be sent out for the Wednesday dispatch. Any orders placed after this time will be sent out on the following Monday.
During the colder months I use heat-packs which will help your mantis feel nice and snug on their journey to you.
Unfortunately I only ship to the UK.
When temperatures are soaring above 26c I may postpone sending out your order due to the risk of your mantis overheating in the post. Welfare of the mantis comes first and will always keep you updated as to an alternative send out date during heat waves.
All orders made intended for delivery outside of the UK will be Cancelled. I only feel comfortable using Royal Mail Special Delivery as I can track where your mantis is in the post and the service is very quick and reliable for the most part.
Pickups from Shows and my home in Basildon, Essex are most welcome ;)
Feel free to contact me anytime. I’m here to help and I need no excuse to mantis-chat. However please be patient if I don’t get back to you right away. I’m probably busy picking fruit flies off my carpet or cooing over my newest hatch but I WILL get back to you as soon as I can.