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  1. 5 hours ago, Hisserdude said:

    Nah, many breeders feed their Macropanesthia a staple diet of dog food, supplemented by the dead leaves, too much protein isn't the issue here. 

    It would have to be one heck of a mold to affect them, most of the grey or white mold growth on food and on enclosure decor isn't harmful to them, unless they are tiny and get tangled up in the strands. If anything moldy leaves and such would add some nutrients to their diet, not kill them. 

    Do you wash your produce and leaves well before offering them to your Macropanesthia? Because there's always a chance of poisoning them via pesticides through unwashed fruits and dead leaves. 

    I wash everything I give all my roaches, and also freeze the leaves.

    EDIT: forgot to mention the second one was on its back the when I found it having issues. I don't know how long it had been like that as I'd been gone a couple days. 


  2. 1 hour ago, Hisserdude said:

    Nah, many breeders feed their Macropanesthia a staple diet of dog food, supplemented by the dead leaves, too much protein isn't the issue here. 

    It would have to be one heck of a mold to affect them, most of the grey or white mold growth on food and on enclosure decor isn't harmful to them, unless they are tiny and get tangled up in the strands. If anything moldy leaves and such would add some nutrients to their diet, not kill them. 

    Do you wash your produce and leaves well before offering them to your Macropanesthia? Because there's always a chance of poisoning them via pesticides through unwashed fruits and dead leaves. 

    I wash everything I give all my roaches, and also freeze the leaves.


  3. 1 minute ago, Hisserdude said:

    Hmm, temps seem to be good, I know anything above 82F° has been reported as fatal for this species. 

    Soil seems a bit deep, but they died on the surface so that rules out death by mismolts under loose substrate... Does the cork bark provide them adequate cover? 

    You say you only occasionally feed them protein based foods like fish food? I'd personally up that to a couple times a week, feed them like you would any other roach, just in smaller amounts and make sure they always have leaf litter available as well. 

    Really not sure why those two died so suddenly, nothing in your husbandry sounds particularly harmful. I'd shrug the first death off as a fluke, but two deaths within such a short period of time is definitely not normal for this species... It's quite a head scratcher for sure. The substrate didn't dry out or anything did it? 

    I'd actually fed them more fish flakes in the past few weeks. Not a super huge amount more but a bit more. The though had crossed my mind that too much protein might've hurt them but idk. 

    I always keep the substrate moist, it didn't dry out.

    The cork bark actually had a small bit of white mold on it, and a couple days ago some fish flakes had gotten moldy (I removed them when I found them). The mold is my best guess as to what killed them, but moldy food has happened once or twice before with no ill effect. 

    Only other thing I can think is that there might be been mold in my fridge that got on the oak leaves (I keep them in the freezer).

    I live in an apartment complex so the possibility that a neighbor sprayed pesticides exists, but none of my other bugs have been effected. 


  4. 56 minutes ago, Hisserdude said:

    How warm are you keeping them? Are they dying up on the surface of the substrate or are they buried when you find them? A full setup description would be helpful. 

    Both were on the surface when I found them. I keep them at room temperature which is currently 70 something. 

    Setup was a large critter keeper with about two inches of organic soil and a piece of cork bark. The setup has been the same since I got them.


  5. Another one died in similar circumstances (though it fought hard for over a day instead of succumbing in a few hours). Beyond devistating. I've moved the last one to a different enclosure and keeping my fingers crossed.

    Does anyone have any insight? Also who all sells rhino roaches?


  6. Any Pokemon fans here? Sun and Moon finally gave us a roach pokemon with Pheromosa and it instantly became one of my favorite Pokemon. I love how not only is it powerful, but is also portrayed as beautiful and clean! It reminds me of a Blaberus sp. in particular, especially the coloring on the shiny version. 

    I want to cosplay a humanized/gijinka Pheromosa and do a photoshoot with some of my caves.

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  7. One of my rhino roach nymphs died today. Last night it was squirming like it was going to molt so I misted the enclosure a couple times, but it later died without molting. My other two appear to be ok though I've been keeping an eye on them. 

    I haven't changed husbandry recently so I'm not sure what happened, other than maybe a random death or something was wrong with the roach. Theyre all about four to five years old but the one that passed was noticably smaller than the others and had been for a while, which makes me think maybe something was wrong with it. 

    Does anyone have any clue what might've happened and how to prevent it? I've never fed them eucalyptus btw, so I know it wasn't poisoning from that (I feed them oak, produce, and occasionally fish flakes). 


  8. Yeah, I've had some pretty tiny boys as well. One of the neat things about hissers is seeing how much they vary individually.

    As for starting a colony, I started out with a few not sure if I wanted a colony, but honestly the descicion to start a colony was one I don't regret at all. Just make sure to separate the male and females when you have a decent amount of each (mine hover around 20-30 of each, plus the nymphs that I keep with my girls).

    They're pretty fun to have around and watch/listen to, not to mention are a decent way to dispose of overripe produce. Males are definitely more boustrus than females, though females are better for handling IMHO due to being calmer.

    Welcome to the hobby, and good luck with your hissers! :)


  9. I was looking for roaches in rotting logs, but found these neat guys instead. I apologize for the crappy pic:

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    I collected about four or five and some of the wood and soil they were in as substrate. Anyone know what species they are and how to care for them? I looked around a bit and think they might be Euryurus leachii, but I'm not certain.

    If it helps they were collected in a rotting log near a creek about 20 minutes north of Atlanta, GA, USA. Thanks.

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