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  1. Crazy Bug Lady

    What makes a Princisia "Tricolor" a "Tricolor?

    So, what does your average "Princisia" look like? I'm asking for a verbal description, not a picture as I won't be able to see the picture. I just got a pair and my family insists my male is brown. Could a "Princisia" appear brown?
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    Hisser pregnancy

    Update: There haven't been any nymphs. My apartment stays below 70F, so I am guessing this is the reason, being that several of my females have to be adults. I'm very happy none of my girls have given birth, I do not plan to breed them. Thanks for the temperature tip, Hisserdude.
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    Faerie Garden Enclosure

    Yes, it would be difficult to carry outside and I certainly do not want steemed hissers! The only problem with the automated light settings is that they are probably not useable to someone like me who doesn't have enough sight to see the controls. I could ask someone to help me set it up, perhaps. But yes, I am having fun. I wasn't aware that moss needed so much light!! The decorations I would use would be on the large side to provent any bugs from getting stuck and to make it relatively easy for me to catch them.
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    Faerie Garden Enclosure

    What is a t5 lighting system/ Or, how would you suggest setting up the light. I would imagine I would need to shut the lights off at night, to give the hissers some dark time. I could also just bring the cage outside during the day and let it have sunlight, then bring it back indoors for the night. Hopefully I can get this set up in the next week or so and can post pictures!
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    Faerie Garden Enclosure

    I'm hoping to create a hisser habitat in the form of a glass-enclosed faerie garden. Faerie gardens are mad up of tiny plants, little houses and other faerie sized furniture. I thought the bugs could hide in the little houses and amung the plants. My substrate is a composit of conut fiber, small wood chunks and other organic material. I think plants would grow fine on it. I also think many types of moss would grow fine. My question is, are there plants I shouldn't have in there because they are dangerous to either hissers or millipedes?
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    So, according to the video, they are on their way to becoming completely separate species, but they still recognize each other and produce fertile offspring. So in many, many more generations maybe they wouldn't? If I'm understanding this right anyway.
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    Thank you! This helped a lot. As was said earlier, the fact that they can't fly would make it easier for new types to form. I guess my next question is, are hybrid offspring of say a g,oblongonota and a g,portentosa infertile? Like the offspring of a horse and donkey. I feel like I'm still missing a step here, but maybe that's because it's been four years since universiy biology. There are also subspieces, right? And they can breed and produce fertile offspring.
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    Hisser pregnancy

    If I get her an enclosed cage and a heating mat do you think she would be alright? And by alright I mean able to successfully give birth. Is there anything else I can do for her? Any way to tell how far along she might be? SOrry for all the questions.
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    Hisser pregnancy

    I mean, I don't want to hurt her or her nymphs really. But my apartment is always 70 or lower. I don't know for sure that she was with males, I could ask the breeder. She is by far the largest roach of my new ones. And, thankfully, most of the new females are nymphs. No way she is a nymph though, she is a really big girl. But yeah, she's way fatter than the other adult female of the same breed that came with her.
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    Hisser pregnancy

    I just bought several female hissers. One of them is very fat. I'm worried she is pregnant. Is there a way I can tell? Or would one of you be able to tell if I got a picture of her? My roaches are in critter keepers, so if she gave birth, the nymphs would be able to get out through the ventalation slits. If she is pregnant, I want to get her into a better enclosure. I'm pretty worried about this, so thanks in advance for your help.
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    Yes, I am very curious. I also wonder what happened to the common ansester. Also, Madagascar isn't all that large, I wonder what keeps the types separated from one another. Geographically I mean. I'm hoping we can get some more information!
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    o, let me start by saying I'm not hybridizing my roaches, not now and not in the future, but I do have something I was thinking about related to hybridizatione. I am referring to hissers of madagascar such as g,portentosa, g,oblongonota and others in this post spacifically, since that is the genus I have as pets. Since all of these roaches are all from madagascar, isn't there some natural hybridization? Or is it like domestic dogs where there are breeds in captivity that don't occur in wild canines. For example, you aren't going to see a wolf that looks like a golden retriever. I feel like this example is way off the mark, but I'm not sure how else to explain what I am asking. Do not g,oblongonotas exist in the wild? And, if their are, couldn't they interbreed with tiger hissers or any other madagascar hisser of that genus. I'm just curious how all that works. I am interested in the genes and evolution of this type of roach in general as well. Thanks for your patience with my questions, I know this can be a heated topic, but I'm honestly not sure how all these things work and hope to learn from other roach enthusiasts.
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    Hisser advice?

    I didn't know they would eat egg shells! I'm going to try that.
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    Help me name some Roaches!

    Just in case you didn't have enough hissers to help me name. I'm now awaiting a shipment of a few more females! When I get them I can describe them as well. I love your name ideas!
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    Help me name some Roaches!

    I named my millipede Freya. Although being she's a desert millipede and that's a norse goddes that may have been a little off on my part!