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    ACS Special Publication Article Request

    Whats the deadline again...or did I miss that post?
  2. ***Just a thought. There ought to be some way to centralize a list of what species are actually in U.S. domestic cultures, and which ones may be available. Not that everyone needs to chime in with thier own inventory list, but if there was some way to add species to a community list, even anonymously, so that we can all see what is actualy "out there" in present day. This way we know what is in domestic culture, and if you wanted to obtain a species you could post in a way where individuals supply listed dealers, and then anyone can buy whatever from the dealer. I dunno. Just me thinking out loud. Pros and Cons to this I am sure..... P.s.- By the way, you could post on here how many species/varieties you have if we all wanted to get an idea of who does what.
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    African Bullet Roaches!

    Funny... I once was thrilled to get them. Cultured them forever as they are VERY easy and multiply quickly with slight neglect. Decided I was done with them though and froze the whole bin a few days ago. Keep them going though! One day the may be in big demand (the ones I get rid of bite my backside that way....)
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    Periplaneta question

    I dislike the Periplaneta, as they are all pests near my home. In the summer at night they can be easily found in small quantities. Mostly P. fuliginosa.
  5. So a couple weeks ago, I realized that my G.oblongonota colony was overcrowded. Instead of burning them as usual, I skimmed some out into a seperate container and palced the bulk of them outside. The colony is in an escape-proof bin, and the temps outside were 20-34'F. My thought was they would freeze and I'd pop them into the fire when I could in the next day or two. My pond froze over, all standing water in anything froze solid 2" plus. A container with some water in it on top of the coloy froze solid. The colony remains were in shade during the day so no solar gain would wamr the inside, plus it is ventilated and there is no place for them to huddle together in any mass at all inside. Today temps warmed into the mid 50's so I went to clean out the bin- never ever had a 'get around to it' thing going, normally I toast them immediately. opened the bin to scoop out what may be smelly remains, and to my suprise- a majority of them survived the week plus of freezing. Moving VERY slowly, but alive. Brought one in to warm up and its as good as new. Now they are all disposed of, but was suprised to see a group of hissers, a tropical species, able to live through freezing weather. Who would have thought it? HAte to say it, but the US government may have some justification after all.....
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    Believe it or not:

    For me, its more a case where if I ran an ad, sold what ever the community would buy that week or two, then I am still stuck with a couple hundred leftovers after the sale. Shipping a few or a couple dozen is one thing, but shipping a hundred or two large hissers in a box is problematic in getting them good ventilation, and not having someone in the shipping company freak out over a hissing box. So if I sold everyone who could buy them small, shippable quantities, I'm left with still overpopulation to destroy. If someone in an easy drive distance from me wanted them, they could have them... for cheap.
  7. Found this while going through some older paperwork today. Its the receipt from when I had to pay 1000 for having 14 bugs in my luggage returning from Costa Rica. And Costa Rican soil still on the soles of my hiking boots. ..So for anyone who thinks the fines are made up, think again. This could happen to anyone "bringing in bugs" from another country to the USA- and this is just the first-time offense charge. Was it worth it? No. The strip-search in the process made it less amusing to remember...
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    In case you were wondering:

    Well as it was explained to me (as they see it), the tendancy for someone wanting to import 'unusual or atypical' livestock is to also have other types of livestock that are requiring permits or not allowed at all; so when someone is wanting to import something like a cockroach the likelihood of them having unauthorized exotics at home is pretty high, and/or being associated with someone who is involved with livestock smuggling. While I know this is generally not the case, thier records indicate otherwise.
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    In case you were wondering:

    NOT sympathetic in any stretch of imagination at all. Very harsh, raised voices, shoving, angry sounding always, highly aggressive. Even had me spend nearly a hour in a holding cell. Way overboard with the rudeness to the point of being rediculous. Horrible experience in almost every way. Probably the only thing that kep me out of jail was the two officers that days later came to my house to inspect what I own, and they were very impressed with the cleanliness of it all. Thank god for that.... something to be said for clean, uniform caging and lots of clean white formica shelving and counter tops...... also had almost no phorid flies that day too. *Whew*
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    Matt's Roach Cultures

    OBJ- I have around 100 different cultures to oversee myself, and I work from home and take care of my 2 year old daughter and can still explain th particulars of what each of the roaches are doing in the day or in the night. I look in on them a few times each day, though it may be a week inbetween when I view one colony and when I see it again. Withy better time management I could probably take care of more but I would say I am at my own personal limit, and some colonies that I don't care about as much as others do suffer from time to time. I only find a need to clean out any roach bin every year or 18 months, though it has been 2 years for some of them.... I PM'd Peter about the text codes and he does not see it on his computer, so I tried to explain what I and apparantly you are seeing too.
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    Matt's Roach Cultures

    I meant to add before that I have since reduced my collection down to a reasonable level= 35 roach cultures, 20 Tarantula (though two have sacs incubating), 4 assorted bugs, whipspiders, superworms, around 50 geckos and lizards, a dozen snakes, 3 chickens, 2 cats, and partridge in a pear tree..... back to work!
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    In case you were wondering:

    I just had roaches only. For vertebrates it starts at 10,000 I believe per my conversation (now three years ago) with them.
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    Eublaberus sp. Comparison!

    Excellent photos, particularly of the last two of the gentitalia. Very clear and concise. Eublaberus = the original 'giant cave roach' I think. Can't recall the reference right off hand though, but no doubt Zephyr can and will find it someplace...
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    Matt's Roach Cultures

    WHY can I not read any of this thread? All I see is the original post....
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    Blaberus "peruvianus"

    Are you 100% sure they are not just a smaller B. giganteus? You know any roach can come in cultures that are somewhat larger or smaller than someone elses culture..... For example, the Kansas City Zoo has had some B.giganteus in the past that were so large it was not believable, and at the same thime there are some people with giganteus cultures that are significantly smaller (maybe by 2 cm) than what they had. I also see in my own culture of any species that when they have been too crowded for too long they are consistantly smaller (you have to consider individual husbandry techniques are a factor too) they way I keep them. I would compare the genitalia to other Blaberus to be certain.... and post some photos on this forum if you can!
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    Blaberus "peruvianus"

    Ha hah ha ha ha.... Oh Lord, help them with what they think they know, so that they figure out what they really don't. :/
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    A few pics of my roaches

    Hemithyrsocera lateralis adults and subadult nymphs I would love to have someday....
  18. This one is very small....MAYBE a quarter of an inch (6mm max length)
  19. Not to mention: Aren't they parthenogenetic?
  20. They all breed fast if cared for properly. As for surinames- why do you need adults? Nypmhs mature quickly and the adults will reproduce quickly- faster than most species. If you can get a couple hundred, then you already have a colony.
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    Male to female ratio

    It really does not matter. However, it does help if you are trying to ensure the sustainabilty or growth of a colony to keep as many females as possible for reproduction. So if you need to feed off a larger nymph or adult sized roach the males are best as first to go in that scenario.
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    legal questions

    Basically all of your questions are questions that have no real answers. The laws are for the most part very ambiguous and discressionary so that regional officers can enforce them or not as they choose in general or on a case-by-case basis. This is because pests are only "pests" in some areas and not others, so its not possible to write a federal law that is different for every county in every state. The whole bug hobby exists in a grey area of laws where its not illegal, but is in some places, and where all of our roaches are really "feeder" roaches for lizards, amphibians, and other invertebrates, but these feeders are sometimes kept just for keeping and not feeding off to anything. There is no concrete law that blakets the hobby too as the officers have bigger problems with thousands of illegal importations to work on and not enough employees to work on it instead of worrying about joe blow shipping roaches from Michigan to California, or any other A to B.
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    Patchwork Roach

    They are pretty neat-o, and more lavender /purplish in person than in a photo. The three available Gyna sp. are all neat really.
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    Mold problems - Help!

    Dont worry about mold. If you let the bin dry out the mold will die off and eventually dissappear from roach activity. Don't bother grinding up food- that's what roaches do. Put the substrate back in the bin and leave it alone. The mold is from overwatering your roaches- that's all. Instead of misting them daily which is very unnecessary, water them once or twice a week by pouring water allover one half of the bin and let it dry out THEN add water again. Easy and less maintenance, which is how roaches are kept. If you have to do too much maintenace/care, then you are doing something wrong. I have more roaches than I can know what to do with. I use substrate in every bin 2 inches or so deep. Some bins are just cypress mulch and some are coco-fiber, and some are a mix of the two with oak leaves added. Substrate ultimately keeps the roaches cleaner and healthier and better controls your humidity level, which you are having problems with now.....
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