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  1. Ozymandias

    Cryptocercus wrighti

    just got theses babies from Peter Clausen and i must say i'm quite taken with them i'm hoping thay do well with me.
  2. ok so how do people ship roaches? specifically how do people ship large quantities of roaches? say about 200 to 100 of them?
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    Blue roach

    haven't been on much (life got really busey) but saw this recentlly and though of your guys. thereptilereport.com/the-blue-roach/
  4. ok i've been working on this for a while, with help from Zephyr, for Geckos unlimited one of the reptiles forums i'm active on. it's only supposed to be a general care sheet but i wanted to include a relatively expansive list of feeder roaches that are available our there. i also would like to hear what other people on here think and what thay would do to improve it. Feeder Roach: Care and Breeding Tropical Roaches are a great alternative the crickets and meal worms. They are more nutritious, easier to keep, easy breed and don’t smell the way crickets do. Because of this I feel they make a superior feeder and the ease of which they can be breed makes them vary affordable. In this we will go through the general care and high light some species that make good feeder roaches. Housing: Housing for most roaches is relatively simple, a standard aquarium or other containers works well for all non-climbing species. For climbing species smearing a layer of Vaseline around the top 2-3 inches of the container keeps any from escaping. I find that Sterilite 56qt containers are ideal for larger colonies while the 16qt containers work well for my smaller colonies. For extra surface area for the roaches to climb on use egg flats, it helps if you stand them up vertical so the fras (poop) falls to the ground. I do not use substrate for most my roaches; I find it’s easier to maintain them without it, but there are a few that do benefit from the use of substrate. Food & Water: Water crystals are the best options for watering many species of roaches. For those who don’t know water crystals are a synthetic material that absorbs water so that it looks like a crystal but feels like a gel substance. Because of these properties roaches can’t drown in it in it, I have even found baby dubia nymphs hiding it in at times. For actual water container you can use a deli cup with slits cut in the sides or use a low bowl so roaches can reach the crystals. Food is also pretty simple and there are a lot of options open on what to feed, but because these are feeder roaches and thus going to eaten by your animals the main diet should be a good quality gutload. It is also important to give these guys fresh fruit and vegetables. I tend to use a lot of bananas, apples, oranges and carrots but you can use others. For food bowls you can be anything just make sure that the roaches can get in and out of it. Another option for gutload is to separate the nymphs or full grow adults you are planning to use in a given week and gutload them there. Heat & Humidity: Because these species come from warmer climates temperature and humidity is very important. The optimal temperature range for most of these roaches is from 80-95 degrees with humidity usually above 50%, High temps = more breeding. They will stop breeding though below 78 degrees and will start dieing off below 60 degrees, so heat is very important. Non-climbing or flying species: Blatta Lateralis: Common names are Turkish roach or rusty red roach. These guys are smaller than dubia and discoid, adults are the size of a large crickets and nymphs can be as small as 1/8 of an inch. These guys are faster than dubia roaches but nowhere near as fast as some people make them out to be. Also unlike dubia they are egg layers and will scatter eggs everywhere. Just leave them alone and eventually they will hatch after a month or so. Blaptica dubia: Another name for these guys is Guyana spotted roach they are one of the more popular species of feeder roaches. Adult are 1 ½ to 2 inches while baby are around ¼ of an inch when born. These are also one of the easier species to sex with males having wings and females no having wings. These guys are livebearers so no need to worry about egg sacks (ooths), and each female will have around 20-30 young every month or so. Top: Female on left Male on right Warning: b. dubia are illegal in Florida but because discoid roaches are native to Florida and are legal there and thus a good option for Florida residence. Blaberus discoidalis: Discoid roach and false death head are two common names for these guys. These are similar to B. dubia with one major difference; both males and females have full wings. An easy way to sex these guys is by looking at their underbelly, males have light and dark striping while females are almost entirely dark. Also like b. dubia these guys are livebearers and give birth to 20-30 roaches. Eublaberus prosticus: Otherwise known as the Orange Head, this is a new species for me to star rising but quite happy with them so far. Both male and female have wings and are a nice rusty orange brown color and nymphs are deep orange red. Size wise adults are usually around 2” wile nymphs usually start out with 1/4'”. With these guys, heat is important and should be keep in the 90’s to get optimal breeding and humidity should be kept relatively high. Also Orange are notorious wing bitter so a source of protein should be available at all times. If these requirements are met they are one of the faster breeding species of the larger bodied roaches. Photo by Zephyr (Kyle) from All Pet Roaches Forum Climbing and flying species: Naupheta cinerea: Lobster roaches are one of the more popular climbing species out there. They are relatively small species reaching around 1¼" as adults and around 3/16” when born. These guys are glass climbers but not all that great at it so a 3 or so of barrier of Vaseline around the top of the enclosure should keep them in. also they seem to be a bit more cold tolerant than others but breed vary regularly, probably one of the easier roach to breed which makes them a good feeder. Photo by Zephyr (Kyle) from All Pet Roaches Forum Phoetalia pallida + Oxyhaloa duesta (Pallid and Red Head Roach) Housing: Small container (compared to colony size) with lots of egg crates; coconut fiber for substrate is recommended to keep humidity levels buffered. A barrier must be applied since both species climb. Size: P. pallida are usually .7" to 1"while O. duesta tend to be 0.5"to 0.9" P. pallida grows larger and has smaller newborn nymphs, while O. duesta grows smaller but has larger newborns. Temperature: Optimal reproduction will occur from 78-85 degrees Fahrenheit. Humidity: Fairly high; both species dry out quickly. Ventilation is necessary, though. Other notes: Very easy to culture. For larger cultures, I recommend introducing a colony of Alphitobius diaperinus which will eat dead roaches and scraps. Reproduction: O. duesta; Females will give live birth to babies every 3 weeks or so. This species has a "reproductive trend" where a lot of babies pop up at once but for a bit after only a few will. P. pallida; Females will give birth every 3 weeks to a month. This species reproduces steadily. Oxyhaloa duasta “Red Head Roach” Phoetallia pallada “Pallid Roach” Photo and info on P. pallada and O. duasta by Zephyr (Kyle) from All Pet Roaches Forum Panchlora nivea (Green Banana Roach) Housing: Small container (compared to colony size) with a good 2"-3" of substrate. Coconut fiber with sphagnum moss for aeration is ideal. Egg crates or bark can be used on top of this. A barrier must be used since the adults can climb and fly. The nymphs cannot. Size: .5"-.9" The newborns are incredibly tiny; Roughly 1/2 a millimeter. Temperature: 78-88 degrees Fahrenheit. Humidity: HIGH. This species will die very quickly if it dries out. One side of the container (at least!) should be soaking wet. A small ventilation hole is necessary, though. Other notes: Fairly easy to culture. For larger cultures, I recommend introducing a colony of Alphitobius diaperinus which will eat dead roaches and scraps. A tight fitting lid is vital for preventing escapes. Reproduction: The females will give birth every 2 week-1 month depending on temperature. This species is live-bearing. Photo and info on P. pallada and O. duasta by Zephyr (Kyle) from All Pet Roaches Forum
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    cat food ,dog food,fish food

    and i'm sorry i just cant agree with you there especially when it comes to my geckos. i'm a ferm believe that all of my animals evolved to cope with certain condition in the wild and if those conditions, especially in diet, varry to wildly there bodies cant deal with it well. hell this is why i use RO water with my A. Felinus because thay cant handle the heavy mineral content in normal tap water and if i did use tap water on them i would kill them prematurely if used over long term. Also I'm not saying you cant use dog food or such to feed you pet roaches because i could care less. I'm just saying know the dietary requirement of your reptiles and go from there on what you feed to your feeder roaches. Edit: also high levels of uric acid aren't great even in animals (such as humans) who can excrete excess uric acid which most roaches cant as i understand it so it build up in the body over long term.
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    The Pefect Feeder Roach?

    ok i've been constantly looking for a good feeder species for a while and was talking to a guy on a gecko forum about orange heads and there use as feeders and he mentioned that he would love to find a roach that in his words "was a non-climber large species with the size of dubia but also the reproductive rate and activity of lats or lobsters that would be the perfect roach." currently i'm keeping Eurycotis floridana (Florida Skunk Roach) for the fun of it and to see if my tokay will eat them once my colony is big enough. i love there size and movement especially for animals that need that quick move ment to stimulate there feeding response. no i was thinking are there any species of Eurycotis that don't climb smooth and are thay a similar size to the skunk roaches?
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    cat food ,dog food,fish food

    ok with the harm to reptiles at least with geckos (who need a different diet then say monitors or other lizards) is it can lead to liver problems and gout. So you want to a gutload that is lower in protein, 18% and lower is best for all the geckos species i know of. this probably differs in other lizards as i mentioned, monitors will probably need a different diet then say bearded dragons . if youre just keeping them as pets go a head and feed what every you want but if you are using them as a feeder i would defantlly do some research on what the animal you plan to feed them to need in terms there diet and go from there on what you feed the roach. also i remember reading some where that most roaches cant really expel uric acid which can accumulate in there bodies and lead to a premature death if feed long term. http://www.store.repashy.com/can-feeder-insect-diets-contribute-to-gout-in-reptiles.html now this is from repashy so he is trying to sell his gutload but he is pretty respectable when it comes to his research on things.
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    Parrot pallets anyone?

    i would think it would be fine as long as you offer them some other water source
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    Things roaches in general won't eat:

    ya i never have a problem with cucumber all of my roaches seam to like it
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    Archimandrita tesselata

    god dam it now youre making me whan to set up a naturalistic tank, did you use layering for the substrate, drainage layer separated from the substrate with landscaping cloth or window screen?
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    The Pefect Feeder Roach?

    lol sorry i was just think of the perfect feeder roach, lat are good but i'm convinced by this point there is ether strain being sold that is cold resistant (or a completely different species being sold as them) because i've heard a number of people who clame that thay have breed in there house for them especially with last winter being so freaky. the discoid along with the dubia (and most other feeder like them) are good but if you have an animal that doesn't respond to something that hunker down after a while there just not as useful. it was why i was wondering if there is a non climbing species of Eurycotis because thay have a really good size to them and are really active.
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    The Pefect Feeder Roach?

    lol i actually have them but thay breed a little two easily in lower temps for my taste.
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    some new invert: :)

    well two weeks ago at the Hamburg reptile show i picked up some millipedes and man are thay cool. first up is what i believe is Orthoporus ornatus Texas Banded pair Male Female there enclosure Chicobolus spingerus Florida Ivory Millipedes - i actually got these off fauna classifieds (i ordered 5 but got 8 ) i also got some Bumblebee Millipedes (Anadenobolus monilicornis) and some baby African Giant Black millipedes (Archispirostreptus gigas) but there so small and there in with two of my isopod colony so i don't really have photos of them. and today i picked up Rose Hair from work because will i'm a little freaked out by T's so figure this would be the a way to get over that
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    heat tape on plastic shelves

    there usually used for reptiles like this this is what i do with heat tape thought
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    heat tape on plastic shelves

    if you use heat tape make sure you have it on a thermostat or rheostat so it doesn't over heat and you should be fine. though if your not breeding it may be a bit over kill as heat tape is usually more used in a rack system.
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    Composting roach frass with red worms

    ya like a tea, and well it's not doing any harm but i cant tell you how well it helps (i've always had good luck with plants)
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    Composting roach frass with red worms

    i use it like i use bat guano, i'll ether mix a little when i plant something or i'll dilute it with water and water my plants with it.
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    Drooling All Around

    na we just have to figure out how to get export/import papers and such then all go down there and go roach hunting
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    Drooling All Around

    hell i would settle for more of the roach from central and south America and i imagine they must be easier to import than from Australia
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    Leopard Gecko Refusing Dubias

    honestly some leos are like that you might try lateralis, i had a rescue gecko who refused to eat dubias (not enough movement to stimulate there feeding respons) so i mostly fed her lateralis.
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    Things roaches in general won't eat:

    When do feed my roaches dog food I usally use solid gold holistique blenz because that's what I use on with my dogs, and honestly it depends more on the species when it comes to who likes it and who doesn't. The one fruit I've found thay like the least is Cantiloup that just didn't seem that interested I to it.
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    Crossbreed check

    you should be ok
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    new florida ivory millipede

    lol no, go to the bottom of the page and click add reply, when it open in a new window there should be a second called attchments, under that click browse and go to the folder that you are keeping the picture in and select it then click open. and you should be good from there on out you can type in what ever you whan in the reply section and hit add reply at the bottom
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    new florida ivory millipede

    in the reply area (when you click add reply) there is a section for attachments where you can upload images directly to the site. or you could upload them to a service like photobucket (what i use) then paste the IMG code in the reply like this. this is a what it will look like (with out the *) when you put it in the reply [img*]http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z209/dogska/Bugs/DSCN5717.jpg[/img*] and it will come out like this (those are one of my ivories thay really are neat)
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    actually they will eat dog food (at least mine do)