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    Ventilation Questions

    It depends which species you have. My hissers have had ventilation on only the lid for many months and do fine.
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    Arizona Inverts

    I wanted to go out for the TITAG IECC conference, but it did not work out this year. I really want to find D. granti.
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    Beetle lover turned roach fan!

    Grubs can be fun to hold, too! It has become my job to bathe the Goliathus grubs at the local insectarium where I volunteer, and they are so much fun to hold. If only their poop was not so much stinkier than that of wood-feeding grubs! For roaches, I would suggest Archimandrita based on what I have read about them. They sound like a version of my B. giganteus that can figure out how to sit peacefully.
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    Feeding Tea Leaves to Isopods

    I saw something today from an isopod breeder on Instagram that showed the use of a dried produce medley intended for pet reptiles in an enclosure. Theoretically, many herbal teas would work just as well.
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    Simandoa Conserfariam behaving weird

    May I suggest you move them to a different type of bin? The extinct roach is deemed to require containment by the USDA as I learned when I applied for the permit for that species. I have some of the containers that you are currently using, and I would not feel comfortable about keeping Simandoa conserfariam, at least not young nymphs, in one of them.
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    Any hope for the deregulation of millipedes?

    CITES and ESA also restrict some species, but none of these are the cause of the APHIS regulations. I guess I did word that way too broadly.
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    Any hope for the deregulation of millipedes?

    Yes
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    Any hope for the deregulation of millipedes?

    I meant arthropod, and I changed it to prevent any confusion. I live in a family of six. It is not an issue.
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    Any hope for the deregulation of millipedes?

    First, as far as I know, the Lacey Act has never been used to regulate pet arthropods. It is the Plant Protection Act. I have the permits for many exotic millipede species, even imported individuals. Naturalized, and of course native species, are not regulated within the Continental US. I have been trying to encourage the USDA to allow commercial biological supply permits for Thyropygus, as it has been replacing Archispirostreptus in museums.
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    Need advice, contemplating Blaberus giganteus enclosure

    Thank you for pointing that out, @Axolotl. I have since acquired a colony because of the deregulation. Also, since that post, I have also realized that a flat substrate would not work well long term. These things will breed out of control, and vertical surface area seems to be quite helpful. @Betta132, I know this is quite old, and you may have an enclosure already. If you do not, then would you be open to making the theme of the enclosure the inside of a hollowed-out tree? B. giganteus love cork bark.
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    Need help with rescued emperor scorpion!

    In the second picture, it looks fairly chubby. It may have been trying to eat all it could after its period of neglect and then realized that the food is just going to keep coming. I think scorpions need a finer substrate, such as ground coconut fiber, in order to burrow. My Heterometrus sp. was quite busy rearranging her substrate for a few weeks, and then I found baby scorpions. I pasted the picture below, but I have never tried doing it this way. Hopefully, it works.
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    Where to find these species-

    The lights were very popular with the Ectobius in Vermont. They only came to the lights that were near the field, so they must not travel much. I have found C. wrighti in fairly small logs. I think the more important thing is hardwood logs.
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    LIttle kenyan roaches as feeders

    Most US native insects are regulated. Only strict carnivores or detritivores are not regulated. I have even been told that I cannot get the permits for Stenopelmatus without a containment facility.
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    Nauphoeta cinerea as feeders

    I just confirmed that Paratropes lateralis is synonymous with Blatta lateralis on the list.
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    LIttle kenyan roaches as feeders

    P. nivea does not require permits, and they are the only roach I have ever had that comes close to my lobster roaches in breeding rate! I think the roach Hisserdude mentioned is regulated. As I understand it, all roaches require permits by default.
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    LIttle kenyan roaches as feeders

    Probably lobsters, bananas, or porcelains
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    Cryptocercus wrighti

    I found two logs full (out of about six logs I chose to look under) near Asheville, NC. I collected two adults and a number of nymphs. One of the adults was alone. The other adult was with some nymphs, but I think the nymphs were old enough to not need parental care. One of the adults One of the nymphs
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    Nauphoeta cinerea as feeders

    I don’t consider myself anywhere near a roach expert, but maybe I should help curate. I have already become top identifier in some random taxa.
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    LIttle kenyan roaches as feeders

    These roaches are still regulated, and lobsters will provide plenty of small nymphs.
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    Nauphoeta cinerea as feeders

    I had thought iNaturalist was reliable, at least with the basics.
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    Nauphoeta cinerea as feeders

    I did notice something weird on iNaturalist’s taxonomy. B. lateralis was mentioned within genus Paratropes.
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    Nauphoeta cinerea as feeders

    Guess I will be bugging my USDA entomology contact again tomorrow. This is like the third time this week!
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    How do I breed Red Runners (Shelfordella lateralis)

    I am thinking about setting some up in my attic. Can they handle temperatures in excess of 100 to 110-degrees Fahrenheit (those are estimates but likely pretty accurate)?
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    Nauphoeta cinerea as feeders

    Red runners are legal. The USDA list just has a different synonym for Blatta lateralis. They call it Paratropes lateralis. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/Taxonomy/Browser/wwwtax.cgi?id=36981 For lobsters, I would start with a small Sterilite gasket bin. I have found that Tupperware containers sometimes take a bit of force to open, and that is not something I like in a roach bin. I started with 30 from Josh’s Frogs (they have been legally selling them for at least a year), and I now have a ton. I agree with @All About Arthropods on substrate, and I personally use coconut fiber. Regardless, these things are virtually indestructible.
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    A Cryptocercus Question for the Experts

    I just posted photos of some of my newly collected Cryptocercus wrighti roaches. Before collecting them, I read a guide put together by Roach Crossing that said they can be reared on cellulose powder and was planning to use that. I realized, though, that coconut fiber is primarily cellulose. It resists mold, which might be beneficial, unless it makes it harder for the roaches' symbiotic microbes to digest the material. It seems likely that someone has already tried it, but could sterilized coconut fiber be an inexpensive medium for rearing hooded roaches? Another idea I had was using Traeger oak pellets. The guide said that failure may come from microorganisms in wild-collected wood out-competing the roaches, but the pellets should be sterile. It might even be worth trying the fermented flake soil used for beetle larvae. Do any of these ideas sound like good sources of cellulose for the roaches, or should I stick to the powder?
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