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  1. These guys are much more active and faster moving that my L subcincta, so I could not get them to "pose" on a proper background....
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    Any hot lovers here?

    I got rid of all mine when my daughter was born a few years ago, but still have a few photos. Most of mine were nearly the entire Agkistrodon complex, and then a few others: ...I'll have to dig around my old CD's to see where I stored other photos...
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    How much is too much?

    I had never heard of "being careful not to give roaches too much protein".... sounds like a wives tale of sorts. For example, my orangeheads for some consecutive years were only fed dead and/or gutted mice and nothing else until a few years ago. (Thier food was a by-product of captive breeding many, many snakes which I no longer have). Similarly, I had hissers that went a few years with almost zero protein in thier diet and only vegetables for food. I eventually grew to feeding everything the same stuff because it got easier that way. Pelleted fish food. Carrots/apples, some mixed veggies or occasional other fruits. Water once a week or two. What causes your interest in specific protein levels in dubia feed? What do you believe happens with too much or too little? Maybe that could get you a better answer from the Forum...
  4. I had once seen someone take a wire-rack shelving unit and enclose it with 3/4 inch foamboard from a hardware store like Home Depot. This board has foil on one side that goes on the 'inside', and is available in 4 foot by 8 foot pieces which are very easy to cut with a razor blade. It is also VERY inexpensive ($10 a sheet?) and was attacked to the shelving with cable ties punched through the foam. It made for an insulated "cabinet" of sorts that you can fasion to whatever size or needs you might have and worked pretty well to keep the heat in. Personally I have a room I can keep in the 80-90'F range year 'round and don't use heating elements of any sort on individual bins.
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    Deropeltis sp. "Jinka"

    I had only known D. eurythrocephala to be all jet black as an adult and about the same size as the ornate velvets (D.paulinoi).... but that was a long while back.
  6. I have never ground up food, nor used ground up food. As deterivores in nature, they are designed to eat what is in front of them efficiently enough and grinding food only makes more work for the keeper in a couple of ways.
  7. They live 20 to 60 days, reaching full grown size in a 10 day or so period. This species is both male and female, but other species are heterosexual. They reproduce in fair numbers, cannibalize one another (unless REALLY well fed) until you have a half-dozen or so, and the process starts all over. You can also put the culture on "hold", by draining the tank and let the sand dry out in the bottom. Eggs remain in stasis for years or until they get wet again. Eggs hatch in 18-30 hours and they start all over again. Easy to keep them for an eternity. Mine are warm temp species T. longicaudatus, but you can get a larger species that does well at room temp Triops cancriformis.
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    Supplier of Oak Leaves?

    @ Alex- when I have been in the tropics and have seen a papaya or guava tree, there are always lots of insects in the dead leaves below and always some type of roach or more.
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    mite problem?getting worse

    Most mites are not a problem, and some can be beneficial. If in doubt, most countries have suppliers of Hypoaspis miles, a species of mite that eats other mites. They wont rid you of the commensurate mite that lives maturally on hisser roaches, but will reduce the number of them and consume grain mites and cellulose mite, among others. You be thankful of you are talking about commensurate mites on hissers. This is naturally occurring and I can't imagine why someone would want to get rid of them.
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    Supplier of Oak Leaves?

    I have oak leaves available year-round, freshest in November (dead/dry) but otherwise perfect for bugs. They come from a 'wild' area not close to anyones house, field, or runoff.
  11. Well, don't be too disuaded. Panesthia are desireable and interesting roaches to keep. I wish I could get some, but they are not available in the USA. There are several species to admire. Since they are inexpensive maybe you try out a small order. Or given where you live, there are Panesthia collectors in the Phillipines that might be able to supply you with some. Just a thought.
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    G. oblongonata vs M. rhinoceros

    Are yoiu sure that is a fully mature male rhino? Mine were nearly 3 and 7/8ths inches, and my females were 4 to 1/4.... thought I posted a female photo a long while back....
  13. I hate to point this out, but it is EXTREMELY common in Asia to refer to Panesthia sp. as 'rhino roach', which is a term we generally know as MACROpanesthia. Panesthia are very common throughout asia and look just like those pics, where Marcopanesthia only come from eastern Australia. What you have and based on the price I would be pretty sure are a Panesthia species, not actual Rhino roaches.
  14. You said "caught them locally"..... where are you ?
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    E. javanica death.

    Age? Anything else in the bin like dermestid beetles? Temperature? etc.
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    Things roaches in general won't eat:

    It's never too late to add a reply to a thread like this. It is interesting to note that a colony is reported to have eaten a small pine.
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    Eucalyptus species

    Just for the record, when I see "What" reply to anything I posted, I don't even bother to read it. Historically its full of rationalizations and talking in circles like a great politician or religious cult leader. I still challenge anyone to find a eucalyptus in the USA that you can feed to roaches that does not kill said roaches within a few weeks time. Fact: You wont find one, which is what this thread topic is about.
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    Eucalyptus species

    @ WHat- you are known for misleading arguments, or starting arguments when there are none, so please don't do either on this forum.... several of us would appreciate it. As for Eucalyptus in the USA being toxic- anyone who has roaches which will eat leaves is welcome to attempt to feed them eucalyptus leaves. They may or may not eat the leaves. If they eat the leaves the likelihood of those leaves being toxic as not is very high, high enough to be able to generalize that all eucalypts in the USA are toxic to roaches that eat leaves. You could potentially stumble across one of the species that is not, and if you are willing to lose a portion or all of a roach culture for that discovery- be my guest. It is rediculous to try to agrue that some are toxic and some are not unless more than one of anyone reading this has no life at all and all the resources to experiment with a trivial point in roach culture as this is considering the numerous hardwood leaves in the USA that are very much more accessable to everyone, and likely to be a healthy choice for the roaches that happen to consume dead foliage. Since there is no definitive way to test a eucalyptus species for "compatability" to any given species diet..... Good grief. ...and "What", it's even worse when you take thing out of context (again), as my observation of tortoise beetles feeding on a vine known to be toxic to other endemic insects- which has nothing to do with the point you were making other than to illustrate how some species can accept a food item that others cannot - 'fallacious'....please.
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    Eucalyptus species

    In Costa Rica I have seen some really neat looking tortoise beetles that fed exclusively on a vine known to be very toxic to other bugs like katydids and catepillars.... just an observation.
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    Eucalyptus species

    If you are in the USA, all eucalyptus are toxic to insects. They all originated as imported landscape varieties known to be resistant to insect infestation or consumption. Non-toxic varieties can only be found in Australia. I lost quite a few roaches learning that the hard way....
  21. While I have rarely had any escape, it has ordinarily been my fault.... Apparantly my wife does not find it nearly as humorous as I do that we can be watching TV in the late evening and have a Panchlora nivea come fluttering into the living room and land on the TV screen.... I thought it was pretty funny for some reason but her tone was very stern. Tight fitting screen top, Vaseline barrier, but I opened the lid to toss in a couple apple cores after "lights out" and one (or more?) must have flown the coup when I had the lid open briefly... wondering if anyone had tried to devise a small "airlock" or similar chamber for use on a tighly closed container before.
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    Monster Bug Wars

    I hate that show !! 1. Sound effects are horrible and aid in demonizing bugs, not making them more familiar to people in general. 2. Staging. All of the seemingly natural (supposed to look natural) are so staged it amazes me I dont see the glipse of forceps in the edge of a screen shot along the way. 3. Incorrectly named bug(s), though its still hard for me to get past spiders that roar like lions..... 4. forgot what reason 4 is already because I get so worked up over how it makes bugs look more scary to people who know nothing about them in the first place. Grrrr, Grrrrr !!!
  23. I have had four molt recently, and this is the second one I've caught just after the process. Nice color! They must eat thier molt, because I have never ever seen any sign of the shed in the whole time I've had rhinos. ?? !!
  24. These seem to be rarely seen in this condition- it always happens only when I'm asleep....