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  1. That is higher than what the poor dears are getting. It's midnight here in California, and though it doesn't get very cold here or snow where I live as it can in England, their thermometer I bought today states that the current temp is a measly 72 degrees Fahrenheit. 28 degrees Celsius is around 82 degrees Fahrenheit so they must be cold. I read that Javanicas need a temperature of 78-85 Fahrenheit which is about 26-29 Celsius.
  2. Thanks for the response. Could you estimate the enclosure temperature for your Halloweens?
  3. I have tried keeping Javanicas aka Halloweens a number of times but they seem to not flourish. As an example I got 15 nymphs in September and only 4 are alive now. A few haven't even reached adulthood. They have a heater and places to hide and get carrots and powdered roach food as well. I'm thinking they may just be more delicate ? Perhaps it's too cold for them in spite of the heater? I read that they needed 78 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. In your experience are certain species of hisser more or less hardy ? I have found Tigers and Regulars to be quite hardy. Oblongonota less so.
  4. I'm trying to figure out the etymology of some of the scientific names of species and genera. For example I looked up aeluro and apparently it means cat in Ancient Greek so Aeluropoda means cat footed or something similar. The flat horned hisser Aeluropoda Insignis means marked cat footed. LOL!!! I found the aeluro morpheme here: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ailur- I have really tried finding the etymology of Gromphadorhina but no luck. I know it's Greek but that's it. Does anyone know what it means? Ps Periplaneta for the pest roaches means around the the planet. Pretty apropos.
  5. aoikirin

    Gyna caffrorum

    Gyna is a genus? What do roaches of this type have in terms of longevity?
  6. Does anyone have tips for what to look for? I am familiar with how portentosa, grandidieri and oblongonota look so I'm well on my way toward looking for something that is a mix of them. I was just hoping for some clear tips. My understanding is that many hissers labeled portentosa a are actually hybrids of portentosa and grandidieri or of portentosa and oblongonota.
  7. I was thinking about whether the adults are self aware of the amount of space they occupy in captivity and will cut back on mating and reproduction if the enclosure gets too full? Alternatively would they just breed ad nauseum until they had crowded out their small space?
  8. aoikirin

    My millipedes won't burrow

    Ok I will order some of that substrate thank you.
  9. aoikirin

    My millipedes won't burrow

    Thank you for the quick reply. Ok so I unplugged the heater. That should make them take the plunge? It was on one side of their enclosure by the way not on the bottom. So the dead oak leaves on top and interspersed throughout the substrate isn't food enough for them ? I thought they ate that no?
  10. I have two American giant pedes in a creature keeper about one foot long by six inches tall. Their substrate is coconut fiber that I keep moist by misting their enclosure twice daily. I incorporated dead oak leaves on top as well as mixed into the coconut fiber. They have a small heater. They will not burrow but stay at the surface ! When I say that don't burrow I mean like ever. I have tried experiments where I bury them half way down the substrate but they always come to the surface and remain there. By the way the substrate is about five inches deep.
  11. I decided to put her in the freezer because she was suffering so. I'm going to do an autopsy and try to see if she was indeed pregnant after all Thanks again for your help
  12. :((( I'm really sad she was my favorite. Thank you for your help
  13. I haven't had any behavior like this in my colony on the part of anyone else. If it were pesticide wouldn't others exhibit this behavior too? I have experience with pesticide death when I gave a male Oblongonota some apple. It was peeled and washed but he ended up having convulsions, dark liquid fluid coming out of his bum that may have been diarrhea and then of course ultimately death. That happened much faster and my girl here has had no convulsions or discharge. I think this is pregnancy related ?
  14. Thank you ! I took a video of her and uploaded it so you can see how she has difficulty moving. Her joints don't work in her legs.
  15. I thought I would add one more symptom I have noticed. She feels limp when I pick her up as if she can't use any of her muscles kind of like a rag doll. This ends up making her feel rather soft to the touch instead of more firm the way they usually feel. As I said she does move her legs and antennae somewhat so she isn't paralysed and she does move across the enclosure. Her movement is just slow and labored. This particular girl isn't old and she has all of her tarsi on her legs.