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  1. I find this topic interesting, as I have occasionally found a dead roach in one of my enclosures who has been nibbled on. I generally find dead roaches intact, but when I don't it's usually an adult who has lived its life. I find two feeding patterns. The first tends to be that the presumably soft fleshy head has been consumed. The other pattern seems to be eating starting into the butt region. I find it interesting that dead ones tend to not be touched at all, but when they are it tends to be either their head or butt consumed but not both. Ever. I always provide oranges, carrots, water, powdered dubia food and dried cat food. Is it normal to see nibbling on the dead? I've never seen it in action. Live cannibalism would be considered in its own category and I assume is rare? I have only witnessed live cannibalism once on a male Chopardi adult who was near death and on his back. I don't know how he got that way but when I discovered him they had eaten into his bottom and the poor dear was still alive. That was horrifying and fortunately seems to be the exception. I say he was near death because he was slowing down as roaches do when they are near death and begin to hardly move or eat. I had noticed it earlier in the week as all my roaches are pets and are in glass enclosures.
  2. So I know this roach is extinct in the wild and was found in a single cave system in west Africa, that they grow to up to nearly two inches, that they are livebearers like hissers, but what else is out there about them? I had my first reach adulthood today and I'm thrilled. He is lovely. One thing I haven't seen anything about is their longevity. They take about 8 months to reach adulthood? But then do they die quickly afterwards like some species such as Dominos. I have Orin's roach book and have read the Simandoa section but I'm curious what other info even anecdotes you might have. Thanks.
  3. I've yet to have any species of roach bite me, but I only have about 15 to 20 different species, none from the genus Eurycotis for example.
  4. aoikirin

    My millipede chewed on my wrist!

    A saltwater what?
  5. aoikirin

    My millipede chewed on my wrist!

    That's very informative thank you !! The one in question. I looked it up and it's an andornatus ornatus? Is that a proper species ?
  6. I read somewhere that some species with the genus Blaberus can bite people is this true? Any idea why they would? Are there any other genera known for biting?
  7. I picked it up and it started eating me ! It didn't hurt but I could feel it. I let it nibble for a while and placed it back. Why would it do that ? It has carrots and millipede substrate. But I guess it needed some human flesh lol.
  8. It's kind of a hypothetical challenge lol. I'm responsible, as I don't allow hybridization or uncontrolled breeding.
  9. I ordered two of these and they came in the mail about a week ago. One is going strong but I found the other dead. They have dead leaves, carrots, a heater, kibbled cat biscuit, water crystals and a partridge in a pear tree. They are about an inch long. I'm feeling guilty of course for his death, but also would like to avoid a similar fate for the survivor. Any ideas? Act of God?
  10. I've gotten better with identifying nymphs by genus, so I can usually tell if it's Gromphadorhina, Elliptorhina, etc, but do you have any tips on identifying within the genus? For example, will the black strain of Grandidieri be solid black as nymphs? How about any tips on distinguishing between Chopardi and Javanica nymphs? And Princisia nymphs, they seem so similar to Gromphadorhina nymphs. How to distinguish? Thanks
  11. Dominos, orange domino, question marks... I know the rule is usually that species of the same genus MUST be kept separate to avoid interbreeding. Is hybridization possible within Therea?
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    I don't understand that either:) but hey take it as a compliment that she wants to be closer to you. As to the sage and roaches I'm not sure at all. I use an electric air freshener in my room where I keep my roaches and they don't seem to have seen any I'll effects.
  13. I was hoping someone might have a shot of a swath of either or both of these species as nymphs of various instars because I'm curious to see how the coloration progressively comes in. I'm not looking for a perfect instar by instar kind of photo just a mixed group. The Javanica nymph photos I've seen are all either of newborns who look nearly solid black or of maybe 6th instar nymphs that are one molt away from adulthood and look almost like adults. I'm interested in the middle ground between those extremes. Thanks
  14. I use glass tanks to hold my roaches and display them but there are hard water stains from misting their enclosure that make watching them less enjoyable. I heard using lemon juice works but I have to say it's not very effective. I don't want to use soap because I don't want to hurt them. Basically I'm looking for a roach-safe windex / window glass cleaner that I'm sure doesn't exist.
  15. I've noticed sometimes that pregnant female hissers of all types sometimes sway back and forth rhythmically every eight to fifteen seconds. The movement is very slight but if you keep your head still and watch for it you'll see it. Has anyone else noticed this? Is it common knowledge ?