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    My own take on a protein heavy diet for roaches

    I would stay away from the calcium supplements myself. I think I remember reading or hearing somewhere that arthopods don't need very much calcium, and if they get too much it will make their exoskeleton brittle, for a hisser a brittle exo could be fatal if they fall off the wall of their enclosure, I would think it would increase the chance of a rupture. Chris
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    Nasty scorpion...but pretty!

    The reason I said Tityus sp. is the extra spike on the telson.
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    Nasty scorpion...but pretty!

    I can't help much, I'm not very familiar with the genus, but I'm 99% positive its a Tityus sp. no clue what species though, maybe someone else can help with a more specific ID.
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    Roach food recipes.

    What does everyone use? This is a mix that I have found to produce more offspring, and the roaches seem to grow a little faster but then again, I only pay really close attention to them in the warmer months, the rest of the time, I just feed and water them, spot clean and cover them back up. I suppose it's not really a recipe, because I don't have the quantities on some ingredients. Roach Food Cheap dollar store cat food 3-4 coffee grinders full Dry oatmeal 3-4 coffee grinders full 3-4 oak leaves I grind everything in a coffee grinder, I usually mix the oak leaves in with the cat food so it grinds a little finer. I also add any cereal that goes stale in the kitchen too, and some dog food every now and again, but it's oily and it cakes up in the grinder and I don't use it very often. Anyone else got a recipe they like? or something else alltogether? I'm interested.
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    Feeding leaves

    From what I have read, yes. Any acorn bearing tree. I have several types of oak tree in my back yard, red oak, white oak, post oak, water oak and sawtooth oak. I am using these for my domino roaches.
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    Beef jerky. :P

    Fish are very high in protein, I would avoid using goldfish though unless they are frozen while they are still alive. When they die they secrete something, I can't remember what, but it's harmful to snakes, not sure about roaches but better safe than sorry I guess.
  7. I would like to see pics of your Domino Roach setups if you don't mind sharing a pic or two.
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    Unique female widow

    I'll be posting here, arachnoboards, and venomlist, I don't have the time to raise, or even try to raise all the slings, but I want as many of them to be raised to adulthood to see if this trait will breed true in the offspring, so I want to spread them out among widow keepers with experience raising widow slings. On a side note, I am looking for a mature male Latrodectus menavodi and Latrodectus geometricus if anyone reading this has one or both available for breeding loan, or just wants give one away to a good cause. Or I could trade WC L. mactans of any size you desire, gravid females also available. Chris
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    Unique female widow

    One of my female red widows (Latrodectus bishopi) has no pattern whatsoever on her abdomen, I don't have any pics of the normal ones, but you can google it. Here are some pics of the lady with the unique abdomen.
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    Here I am....

    Welcome. 42 species, wow, thats a nice collection, which 42 species?
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    Welcome to the forum, not a bad selection you have there. Had any thoughts about your next species?
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    Veggie treats

    Anyone else feed veggies with any regularity? I am currently down to 2 species, B. lateralis and B. dubia, and I have found that they seem to breed a bit better on a higher protien dry food, and citrus fruits once a week or so. However I tried giving them some yellow squash and cucumber(my mom has extras from her garden), and I saw an even bigger increase in the numbers of both species. I never saw much of a population explosion when I was using carrots. Anyone else tried squash and/or cucumber? Did you notice a big difference? Anything else that seems to affect the population explosion in the same way? Chris
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    How old is your discoid colony? Could possibly be one that was mixed in as a tiny nymph when you got your discoids, or a number of things really. Hissers are sneaky lil critters.
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    Unique female widow

    I am planning to breed her with a male from the same source I got her from so hopefully I can produce more of these. The males should be maturing within the next month. Chris
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    Anyone here from Arachnoboards?

    I am on arachnoboards as well, people over there know me as ScorpDemon.
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    What are your other pets besides roaches?

    Well I have several, here's the list. Reptiles 1 Male Bearded Dragon 1 Male Solomon Island Ground Boa 1 Male Black Mexican Kingsnake 1 Female Pueblan Milksnake 1 Female Timber Rattlesnake 1 Female Southern Copperhead 2 Ball Pythons (breeding pair male is 100% het. piebald) 2 Redtail Boa Constrictors (breeding pair, male is double het. albino and anerythristic) 2 Stimson's Pythons (breeding pair) Amphibians 2 Pacman frogs (1 albino 1 red) Tarantulas 1 Poecilotheria metallica (Gooty Ornamental) 1 Grammostola aureostriata (Chaco Goldenknee) 1 Aphonopelma anax (Texas Tan) 1 Grammostola pulchra (Brazilian Black) 1 Acanthoscuria geniculata (Giant Whiteknee) 7 Avicularia avicularia (Common Pinktoe) I recently downsized my tarantula collection, 3 weeks ago I had over 60 of them Scorpions 1 Babycurus jacksoni 1 Smeringurus mesaensis (Dune Scorpion) 1 Parabuthus leiosoma (Black Tipped Fat Tail) 1 Leiurus quinquestriatus (Deathstalker) 3 Pandinus imperator (Emperor Scorpion) True Spiders 5 Latrodectus bishopi (Red Widow) females 1 Latrodectus geometricus (Brown Widow) female 1 Latrodectus menavodi (Madagascan Black widow) female 2 Latrodectus mactans (Southern Black Widow) Other 1 Medicinal Leech (Hirudo medicinalis) There was more a while back, but I downsized a bit, in the process of remodeling to make more space so I can get more goodies. Chris
  17. I know there are many different reasons to keep roaches, for me it started as a way to reduce my feeding bill for my other insectivorious pets. It turned into pure fascination in a matter of months. I enjoy them, I check on them every time I have a chance and it never ceases to amaze me how easy they are to care for, and I love to watch the numbers increase. I'd be interested in seeing what other peoples reasons for keeping these awesome animals are. Chris
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    water crystals

    The brands I have used are.. Soil Moist, cant remember who makes it though and Shultz Moisture Plus I used 2 containers of the Moisture Plus, then had to switch to the Moisture Plus and have used nearly 3 gallons of it with no problems at all. Chris
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    Spiders Anyone??

    The one in the first photo is some type of jumping spider, cool little spiders. the last photo, I found some like that a couple of years ago, I kept her for a while and she laid an eggsac on a branch in her enclosure, then camoflauged it with some greenish brown webbing that was thicker and tougher with a different texture than normal. Very cool spiders, all of them.
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    Hey Brian, ScorpDemon from arachnoboards here. Welcome to the forum. Are you still keeping your copperhead? I still haven't taken mine outdoor for a photo session, time is running out for this year too.
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    My Potential Tank

    Nice looking setup you have there. I've only been creative and naturalistic with one enclosure, and it's not in use anymore. I really want to set up a couple of display tanks for my 2 favorite tarantulas, I just don't have the space right now. When I get ready to do that, I might have to borrow some of your ideas.
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    Hello! (mini-book)

    I grew up around farms and ranch type settings myself, so I can relate to parents not understanding your fascinations with roaches, spiders, and other creepy crawly critters. Exotic pets in the state of Alabama usually consist of iguanas, and ball pythons, I went outside the norm when I started keeping scorpions, then branched out to tarantulas, roaches, cornsnakes, assorted boas and pythons, assasin bugs, widow spiders, and a couple of native venomous snakes. My mom won't enter my house for long at a time, but she is starting to understand why I love these awesome animals, but still thinks I'm crazy. Welcome to the addiction that is keeping invertebrates, enjoy the ride. Chris
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    Tityus asthenes (Peru)

    Your setup looks pretty cool, yet simple. Doesn't look too far off from other Tityus setups I've seen pics of, haven't seen any setups for this particular species, however. I have never kept any Tityus, however if I can ever find the time to go out and do some roach hunting, I should have a breeding pair of T. falconensis soon after.
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    Isopods in roach habitat...

    I've used them in tarantula and scorpion enclosures, and I gotta say I was 100% pleased with the janitorial staff.
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    Just lppkin!

    Welcome aboard. If you're into mantids, it shouldn't take much to get you into roaches. Much less demanding, some are much more beautiful. They are a very diverse invert much like mantids. Take a look around, I'm sure you can find a few species that interest you. Chris