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  2. Longhorn1234

    Rotting wood

    How should rotting wood feel to the touch? I've read on other forums that good rotting wood should be white to pale yellow and easily crumble. I found a log that meet those requirements but it also feels "spongy" and soft. Is that normal or should it be hard to the touch but still crumble?
  3. I just purchased a 2 1/2' retired ''STUD'' 'dragon who eats his fruits & veggies ok but loves his bugs. Crickets, horned worms super worms I just bought some dubias to try. The employee warned me about them playing opossum when they sense danger. I hope he takes to them, any movement he pounces! Our 1yr. old male veiled cham devours anything moving near him. I'm assuming the dubias will need to be tong fed due to lack of movement.
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  5. Arthroverts

    New Invertebrate Club in Southern California!

    O.K everyone, the next meeting is going to be on April 27th (Saturday), 10:00 to 11:00-11:30 AM at the Arlington Garden in Pasadena, 275 Arlington Dr, Pasadena, CA 91105. I look forward to seeing whoever can make it! Thanks, Arthroverts
  6. and here is what I'm currently seeing in the container:
  7. Hey all! I've been raising these two Simandoa nymphs for a couple months now and I've noticed some weird behavior. They tend to hide up on the sides of the lid (don't worry, I only unlocked the lid in the picture to get a good picture of what it was doing) instead of in the substrate/leaves. I catch one of them doing this at least 2-3 times a week. I currently don't have bark in the container, but I've heard they do enjoy that. Is this just simply a preference or is this a behavior that is concerning? They've been doing this for a long while, before I added the leaves. I was hoping that the leaves would get their attention but it hasn't worked thaaat well yet. If they're not hiding up by the lid, they're hiding behind/under their food bowl. I took out their bowl for a couple days to see if they were venture into the leaves more and they both decided to hang up near the lid. So, I put their bowl back and I can currently see one hiding behind it while I'm typing. I know this could just be a preference for them but I am just paranoid that they don't enjoy their environment. Thanks for any advice!
  8. Shinylarvitar97

    Need help with Simandoa Conserfariam

    Yeah i can confirm they really appreciate apples. Also for sure like you said the first clutch took my females forever and now I did notice they've been having more nymphs. They also seem to grow at a nice rate.
  9. Hisserdude

    Need help with Simandoa Conserfariam

    Well I think they sell pretty well, so it shouldn't be too much of a problem controlling their numbers, you could always keep them unheated for a while to slow down reproduction, or use them as occasional feeders...
  10. Sounds like the best makeup trend ever lol, Now if only we could figure out how to hatch their ooths... 😅
  11. oh wow this is good to know. I thought I had read a while back that Simandoas give relatively smaller littlers. but 30+ is a lot! Now I'm nervous about breeding mine once they mature haha
  12. Ah, well then the abstract painting can be on your face! It's the hot new makeup trend; live and unrestrained roaches.
  13. Hisserdude

    Need help with Simandoa Conserfariam

    Yup, pretty long gestation period, but after that first one they give birth more frequently, and to a LOT of nymphs! (About three dozen nymphs per litter).
  14. aoikirin

    Need help with Simandoa Conserfariam

    Wow so they have a really long gestation?
  15. Hisserdude

    Need help with Simandoa Conserfariam

    According to "For The Love Of Cockroaches", this is normal, males will sometimes die off before the females give birth, roughly four to five months after maturing. I'd offer a wider variety of fruits though, just in case, as Orin mentions that makes up like 90% of their diet in captivity, they like fruits way more than veggies, kibble, etc. I have a feeling they'll especially like apples, probably better for them since it's less acidic than citrus fruits...
  16. Yeah, Paratropes are gorgeous, but they aren't the type of roach you'd find under bark... More like the type that'll fly out of the enclosure as soon as you open up the lid, they are aboreal after all! 😛
  17. I've had an adult male and female together now for many months and I've yet to see any babies. I changed their substrate today and verified the lack of babies. They get carrots, oranges, dried cat food, water crystals, and powered dubia food. They have a heater. I don't want to breed them to sell or anything, I would just like to have some when my two adults die. What am I doing wrong ?
  18. Oh, that's too bad. The Paratropes roaches in particular are gorgeous. Imagine a bin where you flip over a piece of bark and there's 20 of those under it! LIke some kind of weird abstract painting.
  19. A Nyctiborinae species nymph, likely Nyctibora or Paratropes, but without rearing it to adulthood there's no way to be sure... Neither are being cultured in the hobby, and no one's ever gotten their oothecae to hatch...
  20. PuppyMintMocha

    I Need Help/Advice, Dying Halloween Hissers

    Alright, little update. I had initially doubted mites could be the cause because I rarely ever notice any mites by glancing around at individuals, but this morning I was staring at one for a while and noticed a good cluster of mites on its head/neck area?! I've checked all three of the bodies so far for mites and never found any, do mites immediately abandon the dead bodies? I'm fairly confident I've found all the bodies within hours of the time of death. Also, even if mites aren't the cause of deaths for the others, should I be concerned for the poor guy with them on his face? What can I do for him?
  21. This pic was on Pinterest without a name. It came up on Google when I was looking up "rough bark roach" to show someone photos of those. What is this cutie and where can I get some?
  22. BlattaAnglicana

    I Need Help/Advice, Dying Halloween Hissers

    OK that just looks like she has died and been partially eaten, it’s not a prolapse. She might have been the one who gave birth but I wouldn’t say the two events were necessarily connected - it’s just as likely that another female gave birth to the nymphs and this one happened to have died on the same night. in my experience E. javanica live about two years, they don’t seem to live as long as the other hisser species, although to be fair my javanica colony is more crowded than my other hisser colonies so that may also be a factor.
  23. Shinylarvitar97

    Simandoa Conserfariam leaf litter

    Magnolia leaves will work fine as a leaf litter. I have oak in my enclosure, but that's just what i have available. As for food they don't seem to be too picky. I feed mine a mixture of fruit/vegetables like apples, bananas, orange, and carrots. They seem to favor apples, but that's what i feed mainly anyway. They also really like fish flakes I offer every few feedings. They usually take what they can get.
  24. Hey everyone! I have two baby Simandoas and I just got them some magnolia leaves for their enclosure. Does anyone have any recommendations on if there are better leaves to use for them? They're still nymphs. one shed once but that's it. Any general advice on what to feed growing Simandoas?
  25. Longhorn1234

    Hello from Indy

    Welcome! What species do you keep?
  26. Longhorn1234

    Suggest me a species!

    These are based on species I keep, but my favorites are Eublaberus sp. "Ivory" and Blaberus craniifer (which you already have) for non-climbing species. Climbing species I like Panchlora nivea and Gina centurio. Although p. nivea adults are escape artists, but nothing that a gasket bin can't fix.
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