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    Wood chips

    I would look for Traeger oak pellets. I usually do not find them at Lowe’s or Home Depot, but rather at places like ACE Hardware.
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    Room temp roaches.

    I was not alluding to anything in particular, but you have many amazing species. I do not know what you would be willing to trade, though, so I am not going to start asking about every species. Do you have a trade list somewhere of species you would like to trade?
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    Room temp roaches.

    I have seen some cool pictures on your website.
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    Room temp roaches.

    What about trades?
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    Room temp roaches.

    I have never seen such high densities of roaches!
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    Room temp roaches.

    My first colony of Blaberus giganteus bred fine at 72-75-degrees Fahrenheit. I do not have experience with other blaberids, but it might be worth looking into some of the smaller members of that genus, although B. giganteus is also fine as a feeder.
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    What would you find?

    I do not know much about it, but I would want to see Polyzosteria mitchelli.
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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?

    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.