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  1. Nope. People not in the US have tried keeping them a handful of times, but getting them to drop ooths and getting said ooths to hatch is really difficult and I'm not sure if anyone has gotten ooths to hatch consistently (or at all). Be nice to get them in the US hobby though!
  2. I'll poke around a bit and see what I can find. Unfortunately there might not be a ton out there on him because most of his species descriptions are from quite a ways back, meaning the actual pubs might be near impossible to track down. Hopefully I can at least find the first name though.
  3. Whoa, very neat! Good luck with them!
  4. The adults are insane, I got to see them in person at the Tinley Park NARBC show while I helped Kyle vend. I ended up getting three ooths and almost an adult pair, but Kyle wanted to keep them to continue bolstering his colony since they didn't sell. I have a ton of little nymphs running around now that I probably need to upgrade this weekend.
  5. Yeah I definitely need to get this species again at some point. My colony totally crashed and none of the ooths would hatch. I have a better setup idea though, so that should greatly help.
  6. Not sure how many of you pin roaches for a collection, but I've noticed a rather bizarre issue with a few of mine. After I get them pinned up and am letting them dry for a few days, I've had a few cases where the wings curl. I'd relax the specimen and try to press the wings down, but it would still happen. I don't think Barber's fluid will work here because that's more for relaxing joints, whereas the wings themselves are what are curling. Has anyone else had this issue before and if so, how did you go about fixing it? It's definitely not a consistent thing with mine. I'll pin up a set of one species and only have one roach out of 4 or 5 that wing curls. It has only happened with half a dozen or so specimens, but it'd be nice to have 0 doing that.
  7. Fair enough! I'd guess your 3 females probably are hybrids, but there's a small chance they could be pure line. I think it'd be really neat to get selectively bred giant oblongonota!
  8. I feed all of mine once a week. That includes protein and produce. My schedule is a little too hectic to feed more than once a week, so I've made it work by making sure everyone has leaves and wood to munch on if they need a snack. If I do a quick check and see mold I remove the food. Feeding once a week doesn't seem to hurt any of my colonies because they're all reproducing very readily and I haven't had any issues with growth.
  9. I'd use a clean up crew of some sort. Buffalo beetles seem to be the go to for drier enclosures. I'd knock the egg crates a few times in the bins and that should take care of the extra nymphs hanging on. Then you can replace them or spot clean them as you see fit.
  10. Gyna lurida or G. caffrorum are great pet roaches that can be used as feeders when their populations get too large. Adults should be about the right size for those herps too. Panchlora is a good genus of pet/feeder roaches too, though they may be too small unless you get Panchlora sp. "giant". Corydiids make for super easy pets and I agree stanislas that they're quite handsome, but you'd be much better off selling the nymphs once you have a good sized colony (that will be well down the road because they are slow growing/reproducing). Members of that family go for a pretty good price nowadays, whereas the more common blaberids Gyna and Panchlora are quite cheap and grow quickly.
  11. Very neat species! Love the white at the ends of the antennae. Sadly I can't help you with ID though.
  12. Please don't hybridize them, that genus is already a mess. You could try selecting for the largest individuals in your colony and breeding those lines though. You should be able to get some pretty good sized hissers that way and you don't have to worry about potential low quality hybrid vigor.
  13. That should be pretty secure. I'd be feeding them off anyway because they reproduce very quickly.
  14. I had about a 4 inch band of vaseline and kept them in a gasket sealed box. Pretty much the only way I was able to keep them in lol. Any other way and they would just keep getting out.
  15. You'll be fine with leaf litter. I kept mine with a thin layer of substrate mainly to help maintain humidity and then added egg crate for hiding places. Breeding was out of control in no time.