Hisserdude

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  • Birthday 03/13/2000

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    Idaho, USA.
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    Keeping inverts, including cockroaches! Also gardening, reading, playing Monster Hunter and watching My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and Doctor Who.

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  1. They are pretty cool, I've found most species relatively easy to care for, and most are rather laid back, unless you sufficiently disturb them.
  2. They are pretty fast just in general, most of the Parcoblatta species I've kept have been pretty calm when I open their enclosures and check up on them, but these guys went freaking insane when I opened their lid, with the adults all racing to the top. Definitely not a fun species to deal with, it's part of the reason I sold mine off, (that, and they were so prolific, and I just didn't have anything to feed them to).
  3. I've had this species, and I've never seen the males fly, I know they can though. They are very good climbers as adults however, and are very fast, so prepare for that lol!
  4. Yeah, the females are SO picky, but my males are all doing amazing still... I'll probably be getting more females from Alan this spring, will be sure not to keep them with males for too long, and will be sure to keep them very well ventilated.
  5. Well I really hope you are successful in breeding them, keep us updated! I'm particularly interested to know their specific dietary needs, and any information on getting the oothecae to hatch successfully would be an amazing contribution to the hobby! Oh, so just mealworm pupa would work? I was under the impression they ate more active prey, like flies or other cockroaches. That's really good to know!
  6. Those look nice, however the only Periplaneta species I have any interest in breeding are P.japonica and P.americana "White-Eye x Black". Even those I'm doubtful of keeping though, my mom would go BALLISTIC if we had a roach infestation, that's the one restriction on roaches she's given me, nothing that infests houses. And I wouldn't be too thrilled about an infestation either TBH. To be fair, the chance of getting a Periplaneta infestation in Idaho is probably nonexistent, I've never seen any up here, probably too arid. But I'm not sure it's worth the risk...
  7. No, never! I have Dorylaea orini, the adults of that species look very much like shorter, stouter P.australasiae to be fair!
  8. So beautiful! @wizentrop thinks they may need live prey in their diet, as he's seen one eat a prey item himself, from what I can tell no one has ever actually bred these successfully though. Seems the main problem is getting oothecae to hatch, like their relatives, Megaloblatta and Nyctibora, along with a lack of knowledge about their dietary needs. Keep us updated on yours, would be great if they could thrive on a fruit diet!
  9. Very nice, I need to get this variation one day! The female looks so cute!
  10. Well, my last female is dying, probably only has a few hours left, and I'm really not sure why. I put a male back in with her, then after a few days I saw that she was gravid, so I removed him. Now, about a week later, I just found her in between a leaf and the enclosure wall, moving very sluggishly, half of her legs aren't working, and unfortunately it looks like she's still carrying her eggs, and they are too underdeveloped to hatch. The ONLY thing that's changed in the past couple days is that I put her enclosure under two others, and it used to be on top. So maybe covering the lid ventilation did her in, even though the enclosure has cross ventilation too. If that's the case, then I'm gonna be SO furious at myself, because that means I've single handedly killed all of my females due to stupid mistakes... Very sad right now, these are my favorite isopods ever, was really hoping I'd do a better job at keeping them.
  11. Most of the species currently in the hobby come in on just single imports, and were started with just a handful of individuals, and have been inbred over many generations, with no ill effect. So not only would you not be able to increase genetic diversity much by introducing new members to your colony, (on account of them all sharing the same ancestors), but it also seems like inbreeding doesn't affect roaches negatively, so long as you cull deformed or weak individuals and try to limit your colonies to healthy individuals only of course.
  12. LOL! Also, that's pretty gross, did he not smell the turkey lmao? I mean, if the flies can find their way out of the oven, so should the odor of rotting flesh...
  13. Hey hey, Periplaneta americana used to be my favorite animals on this planet, and I still love how they look! I just don't want to keep them, that's all.
  14. Very nice pictures man!