For hypercorp executives seeking to emphasize their competitiveness and "predatory instincts," smart mantises are the trend pet of choice, kept in the office and fed mice during tough negotiations. The mantises are spliced together from many members of the order mantodea, and range from hand to head sized. Like smart roaches, they are often engineered with bright colors and patterns.
Mantises are also used in underground gambling and blood sports, with bets taken on how many smart roaches the mantis can devour in a set amount of time, or fights between mantises or other predatory insects. Some habitats have also been experimenting with using them for pest control.
Treat as space roaches with the addition of Unarmed Combat 40.