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  2. The conservation issue is a big one with no wild specimens being allowed to leave Madagascar what we have is all we got and habitat loss is significant there. There's maybe 2-3 reliable sources of pure stock. Even my "pure" widehorns might not be there no way to know. I can be fairly sure on my e javanica. It's the same with a lot of tarantulas to. Just something that happens and it's unfortunate.
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  4. Hello fellow roach lovers. I was wondering if anyone would want to buy any Epilampra maya, also known as the maya roach. This is a species that will "swim." It will really climb on the bottom of the water on the rocks. It is approximately 30 millimeters long, and adults of both sexes can fly and climb.
  5. I wonder if the gender that hatches from the ooths can be swayed by temperature like some reptiles.
  6. I feel like hybridization in captivity is only a problem as it relates to conservation. It's important that pure strains remain or the different species within the genuses start getting muddy. As others on this forum have pointed out, as long as you're indicating to your buyers (even if they're just the local pet shop) that your roaches are hybrids, it shouldn't be an issue. The purists still have plenty of places to get their stock. As far as US stock and Euro stock vs. original wild stock being different, that's all a natural process. Whether through an inadvertent introduction of a hybrid, selectively breeding for a specific trait, or perhaps even a dominant male skewing the gene pool in a given colony, isolated populations of anything will undergo changes from generation to generation. Take a look at the English budgerigar, for example, or the American Bull Terrier. The best thing to do when trying to avoid hybrids (at least, in the case of roaches) is wait until your new additions are adults before introducing them to your existing colony. If you still can't tell which species they are, don't mix them in.
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  8. This is a topic that always drove me crazy cause everyone says they are different and hybrids are bad but there's no definitive way to tell them apart. US pure stock looks different from European pure stock compared to wild pics from Madagascar. I kinda gave up on hopeing I could tell them apart. Some people say that there's a intention on the thorax that helps it them some say it doesn't matter. Life is a mystery lol
  9. Sorry didn't want to quote it The only reason why I don't want substrate just to save money wise but we will see once I get a colony going
  10. The only thing I am worried about is getting sick from keeping them I had really bad asthma as a kid and allergies so yeah but I also weld as my career so hopefully it won't bother me
  11. Thanks! Not that big, a little bigger than your average P.scaber, at least that's how big all of mine are, they may have some growing to do though, who knows?
  12. Good luck with them. How big are they compared to other isopods?
  13. I plug my heat cable in to a rheostat, which is basically a lamp dimmer. Then I zig zag the heat cable under 1/3 or 1/2 of the tub and use masking tape to tape down the cables, although foil tape might be a better alternative.
  14. See, you probably wouldn't want to keep lesser mealworms with red runners, as I'm sure they'd eat their oothecae. Beetles and isopods should only be kept with live bearers, as both can eat roach oothecae occasionally, springtails are OK for egg layers though, however I'm having a lot of trouble with Sinella curviseta, in certain cages (namely those of slow breeding/growing roach species), they are stressing out even my larger roaches... Yeah you are supposed to just leave the egg cases with the adult lats wherever they land, if they are well fed they shouldn't cannibalize the ooths.
  15. I've been working towards teaching bearded dragon owners keeping their roaches with substrate and cleaner crews to help with lessening the "allergic" reactions. For red runners I haven't started substrate yet, do have lesser mealworms on hand. Do you leave the egg cases where they fall? I have about 14 egg cases so far and have been putting them in a deli cup with substrate to keep their humidity better.
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  17. Just got some of these really cool Spanish isopods, they are easier to breed but have almost the same care requirements as the rarer Spanish species like P.bolivari and P.magnificus, hope they do well for me! They have a grey and and and orange morph, unfortunately the coloration seems to be random and apparently can't be isolated.
  18. I've recently been looking into carnivorous plants also. They use the insects as fertilizer, and think about how often you give plants fertilizer, not too often. I'm defiantly going to get one, not sure which one is the hardiest yet....
  19. Nice little mini zoo! I just got my first tarantula(Brachypelma vagans), I've got so many roaches and so little to feed them too...
  20. Well then, sounds like it should work out just fine!
  21. I think Gromphadorhina and Elliptorhina nymphs look pretty similar, and would be hard to tell apart, Aeluropoda nymphs are flatter though, (I think), TBH I'm not sure of a good way to tell nymphs of all the genera apart. BTW, "Princisia" is likely an invalid genus, and the sole member of that genus almost certainly belongs in Gromphadorhina, and can hybridize with them too...
  22. I have only two roach species now, so I don't think that will be a problem
  23. Yeah, large pitchers would be able to eat large roach nymphs, and I've fed smaller roaches to my Venus flytrap, seems to like them a lot. Only thing is, I think you'd need a lot of plants to keep all your colonies under control, they are pretty slow eaters compared to reptiles or amphibians for example.
  24. I think on using pitcher plants for the larger roaches, and use venus flytraps for the tiny nymphs.
  25. I think you'd have to kill the roach first, since none of the carnivorous plants I know of (at least, not the ones we can keep as houseplants) are strong enough to hold onto a roach unless it's a tiny nymph.
  26. Idea for population control I do not mean to do this for fun, but only for controling my pet roach population. So I am sorry in advance if someone is disgusted by this... When my cockroaches will get many more than the few I have now, I will try an "experiment". Becuase I do not want to have too many, I am gonna feed them to carnivorous plants. I do not see how this is different from feeding cockroaches to scorpions or tarantulas.
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  28. Glad you were able to get them out, sorry to hear about the one with the missing leg though. It should grow the leg back over a molt or two, so by the time it's mature it should have all six legs again.
  29. So; until recently I was one of those people who thought a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach was it; I now know that there are not only different types of hissers but there are even a couple different Genus of them as well. So after some research I have found Gromphadorhina, Ellipthorhina, Aeluropoda, and Princisia; I also hear that the genus will not hybridize with each other. I regularly travel between the 7 or so shops in my area that sell hissers to pick and choose specimen to add into my colony for new blood and color variation; there have been several times I have come across individual specimen of questionable genus. Is there a trait that can be used to tell the Genus from one another or would it always just be a crap shoot? The main one I'd like to identify is Gromphadorhina since I do not want to waste time with one that will not breed with my colony.
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