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    Concerned about stuck Ootheca

    This Madagascar Hisser had her ootheca extended for 24 hours and it started drying up and curling. She couldn't seem to dislodge it, so I gently tugged it with tweezers and the dried part broke off. Now she has been struggling to push out the rest for the last 12 hours. Her insides look swollen and the ootheca looks like it has adhered to her, doesn't it? I just hope she isn't in pain... I will keep you posted. Any suggestions? p.s. If you look closely you can see a mite in one of the pictures.
  2. I was going to take this picture to work, but I don't think my friends there will understand my joy My forum friends will, though!
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    Need a dictionary peoplez!!!

    (From answers.com) Culling : Removal of inferior animals from a group of breeding stock So when people say they culled their colony, it means they selected the best specimens to continue breeding and discarded (fed off or killed) the rest. And I believe you are correct about "lats".
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    Extinct in the Wild, but Present in the Hobby?

    How did you obtain such a rare species, Peter? I am also curious if there is a substitute for bat guano that would be beneficial in their captive habitat (unless you have a good source for bat guano ) How big are those adults? Really pretty!
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    Hisser molting - "Removing the Mask"

    Hahahaha! I spend a lot of time staring at my roach tanks, that's how! And my roach tanks are all in my TV room, right next to the TV...so that helps explain it.
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    Old video of my trained cockroaches

    That was pretty clever! Funny!
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    Food Preference Experiment

    I placed 1/8 teaspoonful of 6 various foods I thought roaches would find appealing in a tray. I taped the tray to the bottom of a Rubbermaid tub to prevent spillage. I added approximately 20 Madagascar hissing cockroach nymphs to the tub. After 36 hours, the FruitFestiv portion was completely gone. FruitFestiv capsules contain apple, noni, orange peel, peach, lemon peel, grape, cranberry, raspberry, cherry, acai, mango, elderberry, black currant, pomegranate, strawberry, papaya, banana, blackberry, plum, goji berry, blueberry, pineapple, prune, lactobacillus acidophilus, and an enzyme blend. I think I bought the capsules at Walmart in the vitamin section. I will post again with another picture after another 36 hours or so. Wonder what their second preference will be?
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    Hi from Connecticut

    Welcome to the addiction
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    New Madagascar Hissing babies

    I don't know how big that particular batch of babies is now because there have been a few more "litters" born since then and I have everyone together in the same enclosure.
  10. Oh my goodness - something has gone horribly wrong here. Have any of you seen anything so awful? I felt the need to document this in photos, but it certainly is gruesome. Just the other day one of my other females gave birth to 40 beautiful, healthy nymphs. And now this.... Gives me the shivers...
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    Horribly gruesome Hisser ootheca problem

    I removed most of the aborted ootheca and she disappeared into the colony. I believe she is still alive since no females in that tank have died recently.
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    White Eyed American Cockroach - pic heavy

    Definitely an entry for next year's calendar photo contest! Awesome!
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    Hisser Female in Distress

    Oh my! Your tank is absolutely stunning! What lights do you use to keep the plants so healthy? Also could you list the plants you have in there. I have a horribly brown thumb but it makes me want to try this - with one plant at least. I currently have *zero* plants in my house
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    Food Preference Experiment

    Food preference experiment #2 is underway
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    Food Preference Experiment

    Final Results: FruitFestiv the clear favorite, followed by VeggieFestiv and Spiru-Tein Banana drink mix. January 27th February 1st
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    'Ello y'all!

    Welcome to the community, Marlene! You will spend hours on this site now that you found it!
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    Roach Chow mix and "orange juice" gel

    Have you tried the orange juice method yet? I am wondering if the orange juice would go bad quickly without being refrigerated...
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    Hisser Female in Distress

    Pictures! Pictures!
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    Food Preference Experiment

    Ralph, I always have dog food and fish food available in a dish. Then I give them fruit or vegies about twice a week. They don't really get too excited about anything, except maybe canned pumpkin.
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    why wont they breed

    Female Madagascar hissers stay pregnant for 60 days, so don't give up hope yet. Can you post a picture of your females? Your temps sound perfect. My humidity stays at about 40% and mine breed steadily. Are they Madagascars?
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    Hisser Female in Distress

    Wow, it's amazing one lived! How many hissers do you have?
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    Food Preference Experiment

    Cindy, I'll put bee pollen as a choice in another experiment Is it granules or powder? What I'm planning to do is find their top 3 or so preferences and then make a custom roach chow mix. I might do a separate experiment with 6 different types of dog food and see if they have an obvious favorite. It's about 26 years too late for a high school science fair project though... hahaha!
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    Hisser Female in Distress

    That has happened in my colony several times. It sounds like at least she was able to push the whole egg case out, right? Mine had hers stuck that way for 2 days and it started drying up. I soaked her hind area in a bowl of warm water and was able to gently pry it loose and remove it with a q-tip. I don't know why it happens but more experienced people will probably chime in...
  24. Have you all seen this video on YouTube of someone who has trained their Madagascar hisser to go through an obstacle course? I really want to try this myself. Has anyone else had luck with this?