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    Males or Females?

    From what I know, if you have more than one, you will have a thousand before you know it....
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    That one is mislabelled. It is actually Archiblatta hoeveni (all females in the video). They come from Malaysia and are hard to come by.
  3. I keep getting asked how I have things set up and what substrate I use, so I will repost these all together to help resolve that... the photos woudl not all load without getting timed out so I had to divide it into 3 or 4 parts:
  4. One reason I have lids on all my bins, even non-climbers: Small 1.5 gallon container: One of several Pseudomops septentrionalis containers: inside:
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    Assorted reptiles I live with:

    A few from my colony: (and yes, they eat ALOT of roaches) There in here, but they stay under the bromiliads quite a bit (about half the day, and all night):
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    Assorted reptiles I live with:

    Anolis baracoae 'blue phase' - very, very rare. Breeding pair and they have been layng eggs already for this season. Abronia- I have a colony of them. Also have some Abronia deppei.
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    Assorted reptiles I live with:

    Abronia graminea.
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    G. oblongonata gestation

    Or some Barry White, oysters, and candles.... They should be reproducing... maybe Orin can answer this question. He is the one I would ask about it.....
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    Humidity Level For E. decipiens

    Once every 33.721 days at 600 feet above sea level, assuming they are each consuming at least 5.94 grams of fruit and vegetables and the temperature is stable. Seriously, I see questions regularly on "how often does this or that roach lay eggs at whatever temperature", "how fast do they grow", "etc." and it makes me koo koo! Roach keeping is a hobby, not an exact science. There are alot of variables in everyones home and husbandry habits that throw off- sometimes way off- whatever cycle a roach may "normally" have. For some people its frequent, and others not so much- its all relative. Let me repeat that in other threads too- Its All Relative. There is not really any study of a single male and female roach in a clear featureless container that studies (times) when a female lays an ootheca to the time it hatches, or when she lays another. In my bin, there are numerous roaches in alot of egg cartons with hiding places, and I don't watch them all day and night, nor do I go in and count how many ootheca there are every day to compare numbers and get an estimate on a rate, so I could not directly answer that question with anything other than "more frequently than other roaches I have". My chickens, for example, may lay one egg each per day, maybe none, maybe three. In the winter its more likely to be one every other day and in the summer more likely to be two a day, but no one knows for sure depending on what I feed, how often I feed, and if they free range lately or not, and more importantly- not until an egg is actually laid. So the moral is roaches are not predictable machines of nature- you may get one ootheca for E.decipiens every 3 months, you may get 4 or 5 every three weeks, all things depending. So to answer the question finally- How many are you getting from your roaches? That is the rate they lay ootheca.
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    G. oblongonata gestation

    So they were in a setup exactly like what I have only smaller it sounds like, and now they are in something different. Hmm... remember things can look dry and still be humid... How lone were they in the other setup befoer you changed it?
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    G. oblongonata gestation

    6 months !?!? I would have given them 60-120 days (if they were adults). Less after they get comfortable. You sure they are all mature, both sexes, etc. ? Maybe they are over-maintained? That or bump up the temp 5 degrees or so and see if that means anything to them. ??
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    Assorted reptiles I live with:

    I will post more photos when I can discover where my 2 year old put my camera....
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    Assorted reptiles I live with:

    Photos #2 _______________
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    Humidity Level For E. decipiens

    Thanks- I wish that one woudl have held still as it was hard to photo on the run with my cheesy camera. Orin taught me one of the "things" that make this hobby a habby and not a connect the dots picture is that humidity levels vary from one house, one state, one region to another and its a matter of learning what whorks for you to balance that out. The object is to have them as dry or humid as they need to be to not totally dry out and die, and yet get the water they need to drink. Some substrates can look dry but really be quite humid, and some look dry because they are. Just have to fiddle with it yourself and see what works best for you. No doubt you will get it under control and then will have too many of them!
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    Bedding for Hissing roaches???

    I have been keeping them for years on cypress mulch. When I tried it without substrate, it was too messy, smelly, had lots of flies, and was overall a bad experience for me. Have none of these issues with the substrate.
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    Humidity Level For E. decipiens

    This is an adult: ...and like many roaches, the adults can vary in size somewhat. Mine average males 1 to 1-1/4 inch, and females 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 inch, maybe slighty more. When the oothca start to hatch, you will have loads of 1/8 to 3/16ths inch black oval bodied nymphs running around everywhere, and they start getting black and white banded within the next molt or two, as they close in on maturity they get the amber coloration as well. They are a bud-winged roach, so no adults will have full length wings. When you have several adults, it gets easy to distinguish males and females, more so by comparing the posterior ends as males and females are different enough to be somewhat obvious. As for the deaths, could they be too damp? Humid is good, wet not so much. They need to be ventilated enough so that if you spray them down, they will dry off within the day or so. ? ? ? ? Do you have a photo of yours in thier setup to post? That is always helpful....
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    Few Questions cant seem to find

    first of all I would like to purchase or obtain some NON CLIMBING/ NON FLYING/ NON ABLE MULTIPLY OUTSIDE THEIR ENCOSURE feeder roaches *Your requirements really narrow it down to a few limted choices. Most tropical roaches will not survive in your house for long if you live in a temperate or northern climate. So your best choices may be Blaptica dubia and Blatta lateralis, which is why they are the two most common feeders. My second question is in the Rubbermaid container what screens do you use, and how to secure/glue the screens on for ventilation * I use common aluminum window screen and use hot glue to adhere it to my rubbermaid or Sterlite tubs. Works well, and I have photos of them on this forum for reference. my third question will be would a 10 gallon, Glass aquarium be able to accommodate 2-4 Archimandrita tesselata, or even some hisser roaches thanks again an I do apologize in advance if I did not post this in the right area / and all the questions lol. *A 10 gallon tank will hold up to 30 or 40 A.tesselata easily, maybe more. Certainly even more than that (up to 100) hisser roaches. Note that with hissers you will need a very well fitting lid, as they climb, and the nymphs are small, climb well, and can get through narrow spaces.
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    My New Nymph......

    Watch out , the next 2 years and 3 months go by FAST - at least it did for me. My only advice- take more photos than you think you need to or ought to. You'll be really glad you did down the line.
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    Weird bug in a Dubia bin

    The beetles are agile fliers, so it could have arrived from just about anywhere and dropped into the roach bin to lay eggs. The best way to keep them out is to keep the bin covered with screen or a lid that has screen over any holes in it. Despite my own covered bins, I have a few different species in most of them and accept it as a fact of life.
  20. This looks normal to me. They may initially take several weeks to produce thier first batch, and then less after that. It has to snowball at first- dont worry. @Bugman Price- I use 2 inches of cypress mulch in everything, with few exceptions, and those are cypress mixed with coconut bark chips, oak leaves, spagnum, etc.
  21. Nuts. I used to remove it, and used to not too, and made no difference so I stopped worrying abouit it....for me Blaberus anything reproduces like fleas only faster, more so with B.discoidalis.
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    Incubating aborted oothecae

    They will rot nicely in there....
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    Incubating aborted oothecae

    I highly doubt it's possible too. Roach ootheca in some species are laid and then its just a "sit and wait" for them to emerge- the ootheca is built to accomodate that. Roaches that retain ootheca create ootheca that do not have the same moisture retaining/stabilizing barrier nor do they have any way to effectively allow gas exchange so the ootheca outside the hisser (in this case) are pretty much guaranteed to die.
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    Anyone other than me culturing these or just trying to? )