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  1. For some reason any roach I have seems to not eat these items: Tofu Parsley Cilantro (occasionally will) ...can anyone add to this list? I normally try to feed them anything I eat if its whole and fresh.... I am not inclined to eat "junk food" but on very rare occasion.
  2. Its late at night. I like to look at my critters during thier "awake" time and see what they are doing. Thought I would share. Males were all being elusive to the camera but these females stopped to pose for me: Cheers- Matt
  3. On very rare occasion, people can become allergic to roaches. Here are some thoughts: ********** Funny how vets, doctors, and such professions dont get enough info on insects ever..... I have some doctor friends who admit there is no solid info on roach allergies and they have to make thier "best guess" to treat the patient.... most docs are not diagnosticians per se but treat patients in general medical terms.... even medical 'specialists' have to do alot of homework to resolve patient issues.....and docs are usually pretty busy and time for that kind of homework is scarce. HEPA filters will not work on roach allergies in many cases. What you are allergic to is not a particle that can be filtered, but a chemical compound in vapor form (vapor =VOC aka Volitile Organic Compounds). To filter the room of these VOC's, you need a filter that is designed to remove something like cigarette smells from the air. This would involve a two part system- one is use of a good activated carbon filter and the other is a resin that is in beads or fibers that is chemically absorbant. Here is a link to a great example of a product for such things: http://www.air-purifiers-america.com/produ...mp;linkid=image
  4. I have some that are more golden yellow and others that are a bright canary yellow. Sorry for the poor quality... they were on the run - fast- and I am not today.... and this one with some peach colors:
  5. Matt K

    WEIRD Ootheca

    Really spongy. Found many of them and don't know what they belonged to.
  6. How can you not just love the roaches that can be in your own postal code... Female Parcoblatta latta (or lata), past few days I have been really enjoying these. They feed on the local wood decaying, but you can bet they love fruits and dry fish food also. I gathered some up a while back and they seem to becoming established as a contained colony fairly well.
  7. Feeders I use include: Blaptica dubia Blaberus discoidalis Blatta lateralis Nauphoeta cinerea ...and any escapee of another species caught outside of thier enclosure!
  8. This is the link to the Ecuadoran Luci. : http://news.mongabay.com/2012/1114-rudolph-bioluminescent-roach.html
  9. Exactly as the title says. It's a mite that looks like a tiny whitish spec of power. It could even be mistaken for that exept for the fact that they tend to group together when on a host insect, and look like patches of dust that does not easily come off. Periodically these turn up on some roaches here and there, though I have only seen them on species that are small (i.e. Gyna lurida, Pycnoscelus sp., etc.) and seem only to congregate on adults and rarely on nymphs. When I see them I burn all the adults and wait for more nymphs to mature. Anyone else seen this/these or know how to resolve them? I have tried a couple of different species of predatory mite without any luck. ? ? ?
  10. Matt K

    Hello from Delaware

    I'm not from Delaware, but might think it polite if your choice of user names were not so easily confused with mine... Welcome to the fine world of roaches!
  11. What makes you so sure they were produced "100% asexually" ??
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    Things roaches in general won't eat:

    Interesting. I started this thread 5 years ago and just thought to read it through and see what people feed to what and how the feed was accepted, or not....
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    Fusca infection problems

    Sounds like they are just way too cold. Insect infections are pretty rare and unlikely.
  14. Great article, but if you scroll 2/3rds of the way down there is a video of one hatching that is pretty cool..... http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2012/02/24/147367644/six-legged-giant-finds-secret-hideaway-hides-for-80-years
  15. Not sure if I am behind on the times or if this is new info for the forum, but I thought it was pretty neat-o: Click here: Newly discovered Jumping Cockroach
  16. Here are a few photos of some of mine that are still juvies: And lastly, here is one doing some swimming / acrobatics in the bin and bumped into the gravel when I took the photo:
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    Tokay saves Tokay

    If yoiu can get it to eat bugs from your hand, it will never (almost) bite again. My best two I give large roachhes to by holding onto the end of th roach with index and thumb, and they will snatch it up or even crawl onto my arm to wait while I get another with my other hand. They are like mood rings. Brighter color= happy gecko= darker color = less happy gecko. Do whatever makes them brighter colored. I found that alot of people let them get too cool for too long and they get darker/unhappy. On thier belly side, just above the vent, if it is a male there is a line of what appear to be larger scales with a hole in the middle of each scale in the line. These are called 'femoral pores' (referring to the musculature from the femurs) and males have them obvious, females either wont have them or they are very small. I will try to post a photo of each to compare yours by if you like. Males also tend to be blue-er and females tend to have a turquoise or olive cast, or be lighter. Again I'll try to get a photo which says 1000 words.... I started with one from a pet shop, then bought a mate for it at a reptile show, and now have 9 adult offspring and several juveniles of various ages, periodically I give them away to gecko dealers/sellers or friends,acquaintences, etc.
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    Tokay saves Tokay

    It wont stress out much unless you really squeeze it too hard. Is it a male or female? I feed mine culled dubia, superworms, earthworms, f/t pinky mice, crickets, grasshoppers, and just about anything else really. I posted in another thread here in reptiles section before seeing this thread....
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    Some of my reptile Pix!

    Not to hijack this thread, but..... I really enjoy Tokays. They do calm down to become fairly handle-able. There is nothing out there that is as brightly colored and easy to feed. I don't handle mine, personally, but they still have come to be fed off of tongs or by hand. The male is a brilliant blue with orange spots and the female a nice olive-blue with orange spots. Occasionally the male will actually push open his cage door at night and wander around...and I know about it because he calls to the females when he is out of the cage and I can hear him anywhere in the house! Its easy to go grab him up and put him back though, so I don't mind. They are very entertaining for a reptile....
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    Any hot lovers here?

    The first photo I listed above is an A. taylori, which a long time ago was thought to be a subspecies of A.bilineatus but later found to be its own species within the genus. These are some terrarium pics: Alot of animals are/were kept in sweaterbox drawers if they were terrestrial. These are the only terrarium photos I have online... I think I have a few other decent ones on a CD around here somewhere.... now I have to go look!
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    Some of my reptile Pix!

    I have multiple pairs which don't stop breeding, and sometimes I can't find them new homes fast enough.... Go ahead and get one from any pet store no matter how thin it may look- they are very hardy and recover very, very quickly if you take care of them correctly. Most of the time in pet shops they look terrible because they are kept in poor conditions, and not watered out of employee neglect, and not fed as the typical pet shop employee gets "scared" of them. They do have a bad bite but after a couple of weeks you will find they calm down ALOT. Personally I think its one of the best reptiles money can buy given thier ease of care and inexpensive price ($24 and less).
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    Dry roach food list?

    I have used Purina brand Fish Chow for years. Cheap and easy.
  23. This 5 meter giant is 'crawling'over my garage..... Happy Halloween !!
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    Photo of Worlds largest spider

    This was easy and cheap enough I may make another one or two for the house. Basically its some 1/2 inch PVC pipe that I made the "bones" of it, then put weed barrier fabric over that, then a couple cans of spray foam and then paint. The legs are wrapped in black burlap I had leftover from a project years ago (I do tend to keep things I think I might use in the future). Eyes are plastic christmas ornaments I sanded the outer color off of and wiped with a little red paint on a paper towel. Lights are chistmas lights I stuffed in the eyes and ran around under the belly. The belly lights were red but I spritzed them with a little blue and purple spray paint and they are purple-ish light to the naked eye. The whole spider probably weighs 40 pounds +/- 5 lbs., so hanging and securing to the house was not an issue. So far it has stood up to rain twice and a windy day once with no issues. The head and legs all detach from one another as they are held by a screw that runs through the pipe where it is joined together, so I can dismantle it and store it in the attic for next year. Now I have to find scraps of stuff to cobble together for Christmas, as my neighborhood has expectations of what I will do now.....