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  1. It appears that's not a 'giant'. This is a normal sized Aeluropoda (within normal size range). You've been jumping to some conclusions in a few posts now and then withouit doing any research to find out if the info is correct first, and this can mislead someone who is new or does not know about a particular species. Fact check then publish, not vice versa.
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    Blaberus colloseus

    If you got some from James, they are likely from me too. Or Orin. Would be interesting to know why they are that color. I'll try to post a photo here later....
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    Species I.D. Help

    Thanks Orin! I could not tell for sure.
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    Blaberus colloseus

    Mine are a solid uniform color, amber, and the body is not clearly visible through the wings and somewhat more elongate overall. If you got yours from him and his came from mine, then either: a) its husbandry related and would be interesting to know what caused that. they were accidently hybridized between the two of you somehow. c) they did not originate from me. Mine came from one of two sources that brought them in directly, but I could not say for sure what country they originated from as I did not ask at the time, which was a great while back now.
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    Species I.D. Help

    Narceus americanus.
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    Blaberus colloseus

    That sure does not look like B. colloseus. Mislabeled?
  7. I have photos of 3 sizes of enclosures I use on this site somehwere if you search my posts. All containers were purchased at Target (or Target online), the Container Store, and a few from a local pet store though those aren't in use so much now. Search link is here and info is around the middle of the first page: Enclosure examples (link)
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    Jet-Black Blaberus fusca!

    It could VERY easily have been a B.craniifer nymph got into the mix along the way, and that's what that is...... no question in my mind.
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    Funny how I have periodically gotten PM's or emails regarding someone wanting to obtain "new bloodlines" of a roach species. As far as I know, roaches are more or less built for inbreeding and do it to maintain a colony. Most species in the USA all started from the same original colony anyway, so new genes are highly unlikely. It may even be that roaches can go for thousands of years without any introduction from a new colony. If inbreeding were an issue, I doubt any one colony would last more than a year or two without dramatic changes- I have one colony that is 14 years old and started from 5 or 6 individuals I bought at a pet shop that is still 'normal' withoiut introduction of any 'new' genes..... Commments?
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    Tokay Geckos

    Mine live in a cage, and two days ago I found two small hatchlings running around (did not even know the female laid eggs). All on a diet of roaches.
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    Collecting Oak wood

    The best thing to do is to put it somewhere that it can just dry out for a while, like in a garage. You could cover it in foil and bake it at 300'F for an hour or so, but really thats not necessary. Most anything you will find on the wood will not harm the roaches if your roaches are cared for properly in the first place. I used to bake found wood, but gave up and still no problems other than having too many roaches....
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    Are these stunners in cultre?

    There are a number of extremely colorful species endemic to Australia that are not in culture anywhere in the world- unfortunately. There are some worth dreaming about, and several are Polyzostera.
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    Hibernating Phidippus audax?

    I have them living in my house year 'round in a room where the average temp is 83'F. Never hibernate, and they keep reproducing. Not sure where most of them depart to... normally I just find a few mediums/adults or a dozen or so tiny ones. They feed on any roach they can grab from an open bin.... thought I posted a photo at some point.
  14. I hate to say it, but those don't look like the parabolicus I had..... wish I had some better photos around here (and might) somewhere.......
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    'Giant' hissers?

    Looks like one in general, and it may or may not be fully grown either. Ive had them appear like that only to molt again and have larger 'horns'. How long is that one in the photo?
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    'Giant' hissers?

    You may not have oblongonotas. Or have hybrids. True ones (at least in my purebred colony) normally get 3"-3.5" plus. 5 inches has never been recorded, and so far the worlds largest roach I believe is a new species found in central China that get to be 4.7 inches.
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    Therea olegrandjeani eggs

    Mites are not a problem for the egg cases (ootheca). The eggs are sealed in the case and the mites cannot get through. Keep them fairly dry most of the time.
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    Spiders preying on roaches..

    You mean like this one? Its not a problem, but I do have several free-roaming to take care of any 'loose' bugs... (Phippidus audax on the door frame, with a freshly napped roach from a bin I left the top off of - just dove in, took it, and jumped out.)
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    Roach ID : )

    Those things run wild around here, its one of the few I kill on sight and put out poison for lest the overrun the place.
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    Compromised colony - input appreciated.

    Nothing a good bin cleaning and TLC can't fix!
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    Compromised colony - input appreciated.

    Ditto. I use a couple inches of cypress mulch and several (enough to fill the bin one third full) egg cartons. I feed them fresh produce, and sometimes pelleted fish food I buy in bulk (Purina AquaMax or something similar from the feed store). If you want them gone, buy some Hypoaspis miles for Evergreen Growers Supply over the internet. One container sprinkled in the bin and you soon wont see any mite of any kind for a while. Eventually cellulose mites may move back in but those are harmless, and will get eaten to some degree too. I swear by them. Also, they sell a 'fly control' or 'fly parasite' which is a micro-wasp that feeds on flies and gnats, if those are ever a problem for you too.
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    Any tips for a vacation?

    What I do: Slightly overwater and over feed, then hope for the best. Turn temps down a little (10' -15'). I've left them 2 weeks and they were happy to see me feeding /watering when I returned.
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    Masked Assassin Bug Eggs

    I mist them once a week-ish. When I bothered to take eggs from the adult assassin cage, I put them in a 16 oz. deli cup with a fabric lid, and the cup is half full of coconut fiber that is barely moist, and that gets to dry out in between re-moistening.
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    Blaberus sp. pronotum dents

    ...except that it varies from one culture to another, and has no real discernable consistancy to the pattern species-wide. This is why for the most part roach species are classified by thier genitalia and not so much outward appearance. Its almost like trying to classify G.portentosa by color.
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    General Blattodea Discussion

    As far as these three: You might try misting / moistening the decipiens and giganteus a bit more than the other species, particularly the decipiens. In thier native habitat it gets really moist/wet for a third of the year (rains almost every day). My giganteus just seem to prefer very high humidity though they do get dry from time to time. Give the decipiens less dry food and more firm fruits. As for the Lucihormetica- starting a colony takes alot of patience, they are very slow to get going. Once they do though they are consistant (just not fast by any definition).