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  1. 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?
  2. 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
  3. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mwcXooGSHA64oe307NYVioaFPZMYjK_H/view?usp=drivesdk https://drive.google.com/file/d/1auP6r-4k74gH7mUe5JuWx84qUgOlHyXe/view?usp=drivesdk
  4. It's kind of a hypothetical challenge lol. I'm responsible, as I don't allow hybridization or uncontrolled breeding.
  5. 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?
  6. aoikirin


    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.
  7. I have noticed these little creatures on pieces of carrot in some of my enclosures. They seem wingless and I took pictures but this site doesn't accept them. What do they look like and how can I get rid of them? Are they dangerous for my roaches? They are pets for me and I don't want any preventable harm to come to them. Btw these are not white and are larger than the grain mites I've seen online.
  8. 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
  9. 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 ?
  10. 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.
  11. Ah ok I was really worried thanks! So I don't have to kill them ?
  12. I have noticed these little creatures on pieces of carrot in some of my enclosures. They seem wingless and I took pictures but this site doesn't accept them. What do they look like and how can I get rid of them? Are they dangerous for my roaches? They are pets for me and I don't want any preventable harm to come to them.
  13. A favorite of mine has been pregnant now for a few months and was doing the usual heavy "breathing" that pregnant ladies do when they start to get large. For those of you who don't know what I mean it's a rhythmic movement every 10 seconds or so where the roach is pushing air out of her spiracles sort of "manually" because of the stress of the pregnancy. She had her hatch in the back open quite wide as well but recently in the past few days she has been comatose to the point that when I pick her up she makes no attempt to grab onto me with her legs. Hissers always do this but not she doesn't. Her legs are also kind of flat and bowed out to the point that she doesn't bend them when she does move so mobility is difficult. I'm really worried about her. I haven't seen behavior like this before. I tried to upload photos but no matter how much I cropped them the site is telling me they are too big.
  14. I'm trying to figure out the etymology of some of the scientific names of species and genera. For example I looked up aeluro and apparently it means cat in Ancient Greek so Aeluropoda means cat footed or something similar. The flat horned hisser Aeluropoda Insignis means marked cat footed. LOL!!! I found the aeluro morpheme here: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ailur- I have really tried finding the etymology of Gromphadorhina but no luck. I know it's Greek but that's it. Does anyone know what it means? Ps Periplaneta for the pest roaches means around the the planet. Pretty apropos.
  15. I have tried keeping Javanicas aka Halloweens a number of times but they seem to not flourish. As an example I got 15 nymphs in September and only 4 are alive now. A few haven't even reached adulthood. They have a heater and places to hide and get carrots and powdered roach food as well. I'm thinking they may just be more delicate ? Perhaps it's too cold for them in spite of the heater? I read that they needed 78 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. In your experience are certain species of hisser more or less hardy ? I have found Tigers and Regulars to be quite hardy. Oblongonota less so.
  16. That is higher than what the poor dears are getting. It's midnight here in California, and though it doesn't get very cold here or snow where I live as it can in England, their thermometer I bought today states that the current temp is a measly 72 degrees Fahrenheit. 28 degrees Celsius is around 82 degrees Fahrenheit so they must be cold. I read that Javanicas need a temperature of 78-85 Fahrenheit which is about 26-29 Celsius.
  17. Thanks for the response. Could you estimate the enclosure temperature for your Halloweens?
  18. aoikirin

    Gyna caffrorum

    Gyna is a genus? What do roaches of this type have in terms of longevity?
  19. Does anyone have tips for what to look for? I am familiar with how portentosa, grandidieri and oblongonota look so I'm well on my way toward looking for something that is a mix of them. I was just hoping for some clear tips. My understanding is that many hissers labeled portentosa a are actually hybrids of portentosa and grandidieri or of portentosa and oblongonota.
  20. I was thinking about whether the adults are self aware of the amount of space they occupy in captivity and will cut back on mating and reproduction if the enclosure gets too full? Alternatively would they just breed ad nauseum until they had crowded out their small space?
  21. I have two American giant pedes in a creature keeper about one foot long by six inches tall. Their substrate is coconut fiber that I keep moist by misting their enclosure twice daily. I incorporated dead oak leaves on top as well as mixed into the coconut fiber. They have a small heater. They will not burrow but stay at the surface ! When I say that don't burrow I mean like ever. I have tried experiments where I bury them half way down the substrate but they always come to the surface and remain there. By the way the substrate is about five inches deep.
  22. aoikirin

    My millipedes won't burrow

    Ok I will order some of that substrate thank you.
  23. aoikirin

    My millipedes won't burrow

    Thank you for the quick reply. Ok so I unplugged the heater. That should make them take the plunge? It was on one side of their enclosure by the way not on the bottom. So the dead oak leaves on top and interspersed throughout the substrate isn't food enough for them ? I thought they ate that no?
  24. I decided to put her in the freezer because she was suffering so. I'm going to do an autopsy and try to see if she was indeed pregnant after all Thanks again for your help
  25. :((( I'm really sad she was my favorite. Thank you for your help