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  1. I don't mean because of having a huge number of them in a small container with rotting dead. I mean more which species have a smell in general even with a clean enclosure. The only species I have where I've noticed an odor is my container of male Aeuluropoda Insignis a.k.a. flat horn hissers. Their enclosure has a strong smell. I won't say it's horrible, but it's definitely musty. I have females of the species in a different enclosure and I don't find they smell at all. Weird right.
  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 noticed that the nymphs are especially squirrely and hide all the time! Not every roach species is like that. Aeuluropoda Insignis for example are out all the time and hardly ever hide, not even the babies.
  4. Omg they bite you ? Wow. They're hella fast so I can't imagine holding them. They're squirrelly and run all over. I think they are the only species I have that I can't hold for fear of dropping and losing them.. I'm happy to hear they have some longevity. You said they are sensitive to overcrowding...how crowded were they? How did you know that they were adversely affected by this? Is gestation the typical 2 to 3 months?
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. 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.
  9. aoikirin

    My millipede chewed on my wrist!

    A saltwater what?
  10. 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 ?
  11. 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
  12. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mwcXooGSHA64oe307NYVioaFPZMYjK_H/view?usp=drivesdk https://drive.google.com/file/d/1auP6r-4k74gH7mUe5JuWx84qUgOlHyXe/view?usp=drivesdk
  13. 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?
  14. It's kind of a hypothetical challenge lol. I'm responsible, as I don't allow hybridization or uncontrolled breeding.
  15. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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 ?
  20. 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.
  21. Ah ok I was really worried thanks! So I don't have to kill them ?
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.