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  1. Sorry to revive this older topic again, but I got good news! Today one of my other female nymphs molted into adulthood without problems I was afraid I had to little vertical climbing space in their box (which they never seem to use that much anyway and rather molt hidden away), but now my mind's at ease!
  2. Yeah, I was surprised she got stuck, as I never had a problem with bad molts in the 8 month I've had my roaches :/ I just feel like there was something I could've done or provided to her to help her molt properly...
  3. Thank you for your reply Alas, I have no photo, as I went to bed after making my post (it was 5 am in Germany) and when I woke up today, she was still alive, but partially eaten. So I send her over the rainbow bridge I was feeling like something was off with her quite early into her molting process. I don't know what it was exactly, but she just seemed to do worse than the others. The humidity is generally adequate, I'd say I didn't have any troubles with molting before. I had misted shortly before she started... Well, I guess you win some, you lose some (even if I had hoped to win this one and am quite sad)...
  4. Hey guys, long time no see Guys, I am a bit worried about one of my female A. tesselata nymphs. She is in the process of her final molt, but it's taking quite some time (I believe). She's been at it for about 9 hours now. Is this an "acceptable" duration or should I be worried (they usually molt when I am asleep or at university, so I don't know how long it takes them). My other problem is that she tore of the old skin almost completely. All that's left now are her head and her legs. Are the roaches capable of freeing their head/legs with the rest of the old skin almost completely gone? I also think her intestines are poking through one point of her right side (of her abdomen). I am really scared of losing her and honestly... I don't have much hope for her Thank you in advance~
  5. Hey, you guys I have a question that is probably a stupid one. I noticed on several occasions wet spots on the egg cartons that I have in my enclosues. Now, I know roaches don't really pee but defecate their waste out. I mostly saw the wet spots after the dominant male had chased away a contender and where the dominant male was sitting before (before attacking). Is this some kind of dominance behaviour or to mark a territory? Thank you in advance and sorry for such a dumb question
  6. Thank you for your reply The coconut fibre substrate is more small-particled than chunky and pretty soft, so I think my mother got the right thing by accident! I was worried that the coco fibre is too soft and without enough space for the little nymphs to squeeze through But I guess the mixed-in bark substrate takes care of that.
  7. Hi guys So I am planning on setting up new boxes for my roaches. The old boxes need cleaning! My mother bought me some of those blocks that make substrate when put in water. They are coco fibre/chips blocks and I used one of them experimentally. Now I am unsure if the coco fibre is suited for my smaller Archimandrita nymphs (some not molted at all, meaning they are tiny). They need to be able to hide away in the substrate to be happy roaches, I read. Would you guys recommend coco fibre for little burrowing nymphs? I intended to mix the coco fibre with bark substrate that I also used in the old boxes Thank you in advance
  8. Hello! I am sorry if this is the incorrect section for my question, but since it kinda has to do with molting I thought to try my luck here Anyway, two days ago a male nymph [Norbert] molted into adulthood and is still not completely colored in (he's very light brown as of right now). On several occasions I caught my currently dominant male [Ulrich], who's usually rather aggressive towards other males, sitting together with the new male and inspecting him with his antennae and mouth-thingies. Overall dominant Ulrich is peaceful towards newbie Norbert. The other males in the box are still attacked on notice, basically. Might this be because Norbert is still too "new" and thus doesn't give off male scent signals, yet? (My english is bad today, I am so sorry)
  9. I actually do not know how old she is. She already was an adult when I got my roaches, though - they've been with me for about 6 months now.
  10. Sorry to butt into this post Is that a general sign if an aging roach? Because one of my Archimandrita females randomly lost a few of her tarsae (she gets around with her 3 remaining feet but limps quite a bit), one of her five legs is unmoving and her mouth cannot chew "solid" food (I feed her baby food only now), not even a softer zucchini. I'd be relieved if it was just her age showing, she's really giving me a heartache.
  11. Long time no see... I was actually gonna make a post stating how well my once prolapsed female developed. While I did not see her defecate, she was mobile and energetic. But now she's done it again :/ This prolapse is about the same size as the first one. There was what looked like a deformed, flat ootheca stuck to the little bubble, like she was trying to get rid of that and accidentally shat out her inner organs again. I hope she can manage the miracle again and survive, but my hopes are slim.
  12. I'll keep that in mind, thank you How can I deduce if she's defecating properly? Are there any signs to watch out for?
  13. I've got another update on her and good news (I think?) The bubble is gone completely and her abdominal opening looks like before too, nothing stuck in there (the other female had visible...residue stuck in her opening). The bubble started to shrink down after a few days. She is active and eats well! So I am optimistic!
  14. I have a sad update to make. I think the prolapse has gotten bigger and maybe even ruptured? I did find a little "puddle" of yellow-ish secrete at one point of the box (where she likes to hang out). So... I think I might be losing her soon
  15. Thank you for your very quick reply I'll have to see how she is faring in a few days. Her bubble looks still intact, the prolapse of the other roach was rather big and seemed "leaky". I guess I can only hope for the best and prepare for the worst. And yes, I do have other females in my colony. Both adults and nymphs So we'll all be fine if she's out of baby-business.