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  1. Can anyone provide a link to the actual laws governing cockroach ownership in Tennessee and Florida? What government agency prohibits it? I am putting together a powerpoint presentation on the cockroach hobby for my turtle club and would like to include that information. Also, if you have a link to the actual law regarding the legality of shipping cockroaches through the mail, I'd like to include that. If anyone knows of other states that have restrictions and knows where to find the law, let me know. Thanks!
  2. I uploaded this to youtube so you all could see it. I noticed an expelled ootheca in my Madagascan Hissing Cockroach enclosure and was about to discard it when I saw something move. To my surprise, there was a nymph wiggling a little bit so I grabbed my camera and started recording. I don't know how long the ootheca had been sitting there before I noticed it...probably only a few minutes I would guess. Hope this link works...it's my first time on youtube... https://www.youtube....Qk&feature=plcp
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    Peter, if you click on someone's name to see their profile, the top half of the screen still contains all those weird characters, at least on my computer. I'm glad you got the rest of the problem fixed
  4. Yes, I just like it to be even - kinda OCD that way, I guess
  5. This is what I do: I apply the vaseline with a 2-inch wide foam brush that I got at Home Depot for less than $1. It allows you to spread it very thin and uniformly - the perfect barrier to climbing roaches.
  6. Found 2 of these in my backyard. One of them is already laying eggs in the container I caught it in. Any idea what they are?
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    Can anyone identify? In my backyard...

    Thank you so much, Likebugs! I just read about them on the web - doesn't sound like anything I want to keep One landed on my son's shoe and he totally freaked and froze! ("Get it off !!!!! Get it off !!!!") LOL
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    Hello :D

    Welcome to the addiction! There is a ton of good information on this site so dive in and start the journey
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    Welcome to the forum, David! Now that you found this place I predict you will have many more species by the end of the year As far as my favorite roach, I would say Gromphadorhina portentosa (Madagascar Hisser) is my favorite for ease of care and ease of handling. I have about 9 Therea petiveriana (Domino) and they are a close second. Then again I love the expressions of my Archimandrita tesselata (Peppered) when they groom... Hard to choose Out of the 9 species I have those would probably be my top 3. If you have school-aged kids then you just HAVE to get some Madagascars so your kids can take them to school for show-n-tell. I have loaned out small colonies of them to various elementary school classrooms for a few weeks at a time and they are always a hit. This is a great community to learn from. Peter from bugsincyberspace.com and Kyle from roachcrossing.com are members and I have found them to be very helpful and knowledgeable. When I first got into roaches I spent HOURS on this site!
  10. One mother with 50 nymphs born this morning. I plan to take weekly photos and then post them later to show growth rate. Next time I'll try to remember to put a quarter in there for relative size. For now, the food dish is a contact lens case lid. Fifty nymphs seems like a rather large litter - has anyone seen a larger one?
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    50 nymphs in Hisser litter

    Update at 4 & 1/2 months: Hisser mother and 46 of her offspring are still alive and have been kept completely separate from the rest of my colony since the March 22nd birth. There is an extraordinary range of sizes. While the largest of them are mostly males, the smallest members of the litter include both males and females. I took inventory today and sexed them to the best of my ability: 1 mother (on the dollar bill) 27 males 14 females 5 undetermined (too small) Today I will put them back in with the rest of their colony. This is a G.portentosa colony for the most part, but might have some G.oblongonota genes accidentally mixed in.
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    Archimandrita tesselata

    Absolutely beautiful set-up and the fresh molt photo will be a great entry for the calendar photo contest if we have it again next year! What did you just feed them to make them swarm like that? Mine are usually so shy I only see them around 11pm and they never gather around the food dish like that...
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    Pine Chip Mulch

    Definitely do not use pine anything... Like satchellwk said only use hardwoods.
  14. Last night I caught my Hisser molting from start to finish. Even before the first split I knew something was up - he was breathing heavy and stretching and jerking for 30 minutes. The process from the first split to the end took 45 minutes. It started out looking like a female, but ended up looking like a male. Do the horns show up only on the mature molt? Here is a close-up of the hisser's mites (*gag*)
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    Lucihormetica subcincta as feeders?

    Interesting! Where do you find the bio-luminescent fungi?
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    Lucihormetica subcincta as feeders?

    In my opinion, L. subsinctas are way too expensive and way too beautiful to be used as feeders. The roaches cost anywhere from $4 to $8 apiece and I believe they have a very slow growth rate and the gestation period is 3 to 5 months. I think it would take way too long to develop a sustainable feeder colony.
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    50 nymphs in Hisser litter

    They are at different instars at this point. The first molt happened within a 5-day-period for all of them, but now they don't molt as a group so I have lost track of instars... It will be interesting to see if they all reach the same general size as adults. I am also interested in seeing the male/female ratio eventually.
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    50 nymphs in Hisser litter

    Update on 5/28/12: Now have only 48 nymphs. Here are 3 photos showing the nymphs on the day they were born (3/22/12), one of the nymphs at about 1 month (4/19/12), and the mother with 3 of the nymphs at about 2 months (5/28/12). I can't believe the size variation! This mother and this litter have been kept segregated from my other hissers since before the birth. I witnessed the mother making another ootheca about a month ago. I'm not sure if this species can store sperm from one mating to be used later, so if this egg sac produces nymphs then I will know they can (she has not come into contact with an adult male since before the birth). I read about it somewhere but just can't remember at the moment...
  19. Instead of changing brands of food, you might try adding something like oatmeal or baby oatmeal cereal to the mix. I have also added bee pollen and spirulina(just open capsules and dump on food). Sometimes it just takes one new ingredient to stimulate their appetites.
  20. Just thought this was a cool view of a molt and wanted to share
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    cockroach chewing own antennas

    I imagine you are talking about normal grooming behavior. What species?
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    Wanted paper egg cartons/crates

    I have some that I can part with as long as you live in the United States. Your profile doesn't mention your location, so if you PM me we can discuss further.
  23. Today I went down near the Rio Grande and picked up some dead cottonwood pieces. I boiled them and then baked them at 300 degrees for an hour. I put them in with my Domino roaches and hissers and A. tesselata. My question is: After this extensive heat treatment, is the wood still beneficial for the roaches? Or is it now just a pretty decoration ?