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  1. Got my first adults today. I've only had them since the middle of December and they were fairly small when I got them. They matured much faster than I anticipated. Woo Hoo! Should have babies in a couple of months. I noted a large increase in their food intake about three weeks ago. Do they generally eat a lot more just before they molt into maturity? P.S. I was gonna post pics, but you all know what they look like!
  2. Initially I bought a dozen subadults and had them set up in an 18 gallon bin. All did fine and then half of them died in their molt to maturity. Only two females made it into adulthood. It took a long time, but those females finally gave me babies. All the babies did fine and when they molted I had zero casualties. When those babies started having babies, I couldn't give them away fast enough. It became like a dubia colony... only bigger. The temperature in my reptile room never drops below 80 and it would get into the mid 90s everyday on summer days. My conclusion from this and other anecdotal evidence is that they don't like moving or having their environment disturbed. I saw this with many other species too. I had 18 species at one time. Whenever I got in nymphs, it would take a long time for a colony to really get up and running. When things really seemed to get going was always when the babies born or hatched at my place reached maturity and started reproducing themselves. Anecdotally too, I never had much luck getting babies out of adults that had been shipped in from elsewhere. Because of this I made it my practice to ask for young nymphs so that they could have several molts and mature in their own enclosure at my place to make things as stable as possible for them. As far as temp in the wild, I saw a Southeast Asian turtle study where they recorded temps in the actual locations where the turtles were found. Ambient air temps would be 95-100 at human head height with humidity near 100%. They found temps from 69-72 down in the underbrush on the ground where the turtles were. Just throwing in what I've seen.
  3. Can anyone name this species for me? Not able to figure it out on my own. Thanks.
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    Reptile Forum?

    Can anyone recommend a quality reptile forum? I wanna talk reptiles too. I've looked around a little bit, but haven't found anything like the quality here. Kingsnake.com is just not for me. Roachforum.com is my first and only forum. Am I just spoiled now? Are there no others on other subjects that are this good?
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    Mulberry Branches

    We had some heavy winds here a couple of days ago and my Mulberry tree blew over. Are these branches safe to use in my roach enclosures? I feed the leaves to many different herbivores and my beaver eats, or at least chews up, the branches with no ill effect. Just being extra cautious. Also I found a bunch of these leaves from a known safe source. I think they are maple. Are these good to go too?
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    My roach/reptile room has been evolving for several months now. I've got substrate in most of my bins now and I've bumped up the humidity in all my other tanks too. As a result the room stays between 40 and 50% RH. I've had to stop misting most of my bins as they started to get soggy. My question is what is a good humidity level for most roaches? I'm considering running a humidifier in the room, instead of daily mistings. I'm trying to keep it a little dryer in the bins, but still give them the humidity that they need. If a few odd species need it higher I could always dampen their substrate or mist them more. I was thinking of trying to maintain it around 60% for the whole room. Keep in mind, I'm still using water crystals for all of them plus fresh fruit or veggies almost every day.
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    Silverfish and Isopods

    I've seen a few posts in the past about "clean-up crews". What's the latest on this? I've got lots of silverfish running around and at least two species of isopods(we call 'em rolly-pollies in this part of the country). Can I just throw a few in there, or do I need specific tropical ones? I've just recently set-up my first few bins with substrate and I'm wondering how hard it will be to clean them in a year. In other words, if there are 3000 babies and nymphs buried in two or three inches substrate, how do you find them all? Is it possible to set up a semi-self-sustaining eco-system, like a fish tank?
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    Thanks to the site moderators for opening this new category! I've currently got: 3 small adult sulcattas that I raised from hatchlings. Two males and a female. My female laid her first clutch last year in January(three eggs, not fertile) and she's just started digging test holes again. Hopefully this year I'll get a few more eggs and some will be fertile. She's still on the small side at 15", but she's around nine years old. The two males are bigger, about 18" and eleven years old. Had to separate them two years ago due to fighting. Their outdoor pen is about 6000 square feet with a heated Rubbermaid container for cold spells. 1 year old baby sulcatta. Probably female. Housed indoors, but has a 30'x15' outdoor pen for sunning on warm days. 7 hatchling black-throat monitors. Instant breeding colony! They are all captive hatched in North America. Bred in Tanzania on a "farm". We'll see how well they adjust to the Northern Hemisphere. 1 last years hatchling red tegu. Currently hibernating. Should have bought more. Plan to in the spring/summer when they hatch. Any body got a line on red tegu stock that originally came from Bert Langerwerf's stock? I loved Bert and would like to carry on his line. 1 ancient 16 year old female Iguana. She had MBD when we got her ten years ago. She mostly recovered, but moves kind of slow in the back end. Now that I've discovered the wonderful world of roaches, I'm debating whether or not to jump back into chameleons again. Love the Mellers and Panthers. I'd love to discuss any aspect of mine or yours. Also, I think I've put together enough of the pieces of the puzzle to solve the mystery of pyramiding in tortoises. Does this interest anyone?
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    They are getting huge! I've got seven. They are only four months old and they are outgrowing their 100 gallon terrarium. I'll be building some outdoor housing much sooner than I thought.
  10. For many years I've kept my hissers in 40 gal glass tanks with some vaseline smeared at the top and toilet paper or paper towel rolls to hide in. I've always just sort of been a casual roach keeper of one common species. Well I've just recently jumped with both feet into the roach hobby and I learned from you guys about keeping them in tubs. Soooo much better! Thanks to all of you for that. Anyhow, I decided to make my forty gallon tanks back into reptile tanks and I was having a tough time getting all that messy Vaseline off. Regular old rubbing alcohol works great! I was using the standard 70% on paper towels. Five minutes later you can't even tell it was ever there.
  11. Found these at the beach in Oceanside, CA. Got a whole bunch of them. Is it Blatta orientalis? Will they survive in my roach room at 80-90F and 60-80% humidity?
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    Tortoise Pics

    Turns out my pyramiding theories were correct. These are my sulcata hatchlings from mid-May. They are now 4 months old and totally smooth. For those who missed it the first time around, pyramiding has nothing to do with diet, protein, calcium, sunshine or any of the other things that people usually say. It is all about humidity, hydration and moisture. This only applies to hatchlings and very small ones. Even the desert species, like sulcatas and Leopards, need high humidity and warm temps as babies. Thanks for looking.
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    roaches and your health

    I don't ever have any problems with allergies or asthma. I have about 20 bins of various species, including discoids, in a 12x20' room. Some have substrate and some don't. I also agree with the above. They are as clean as their environment.
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    Umm... what happened to the forum? Did I push a wrong button or something?
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    Roach Enthusiasm

    My dubia culture is really taking off. It seems to have hit that critical mass point. I started it at the beginning of September with 100 mixed from James T. at the Anaheim reptile show. There were only a few adults and mostly large nymphs. Most of those nymphs are now adults and all of the egg flats are crawling with hundreds of babies. I bought them with the intention of feeding my many hungry mouths, but I like them so much, that I can't bring myself to feed them out. I didn't anticipate that. I also just found my first discoid adult. He's a male and smaller than I anticipated, but very cool. He started puking on me when I caught him up to check him out. No B. fusca adults yet, but some really big nymphs. I'm really enjoying myself and love what I have found here. Since nobody that I know is too into this, I thought I'd share my enthusiasm with the other people out there in the world who "get it". I've seen from the breeder feedback section that a lot of people are adding new species to their collections. I'd love to hear updates on the progress and any tips for what worked or what didn't. I've learned so much from this site, but I hunger for more knowledge. Thanks to everyone who has contributed in the past. You've given so many an education that couldn't be had any other way. I look forward to what's to come.
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    Tortoise Pics

    This is only for hatchlings and babies. Adults are fine in the dry air. This simulates what they go through in the wild. Babies hide out in humid places. Once thy get big enough, they start hanging out topside more often in the hot dry air.
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    Anyone recognize these little hitchhikers? They came in with my lobster colony. I pull about this many out of there almost every day, but more keep coming. My baby box turtle thinks the adults and the larvae are great! Anyone know a good way to get rid of them, besides physically removing them? Anything I ought to know about them?
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    Hisser-lover from Germany

    Hello and welcome to the forum. I'm a hisser lover too.
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    Blaberus colloseus

    My B.colloseus went straight out of the shipping container from Matt and into their bin. I've never moved or messed with them other than to pull the bin down and throw in some food. There have never been any escapes or questionable incidents of any kind and they are on the other side of my roach room from my other Blaberus with 4 hungry tokays, glue traps and roach bait in between. It is within the realm of physical possibility that "something" happened, but very very unlikely. Even if they found a way to climb up and out of their smooth-sided bins, they would have to run the gaunlet, cross the room, get back up to the shelves, climb up the smooth sides of the other bins, and squeeze in through the closed lid. Its also possible that I wouldn't notice two different species in the same bin, but again, not likely. These are pretty old specimens. Probably the originals as this species is one of the few that didn't do well for me. I've got fusca, craniifer and discoids coming out my ears, but these, the giganteus and E. decipiens just haven't done well for some reason. Also, I've only ever received three shipments of roaches, the last one was in January of this year. One from James T., one from Matt K. and one from Zephyr.
  20. I use 18 gallon plastic bins with aluminum window screen hot glued in for all of mine. I used to use the dark colored plastic bins, as I thought they would like it darker, but now I've switched to the clear bins instead. The problem is that SOME of the colored ones have a little "texture" to the inside walls and some of the non-climbers could climb them a little. The clear ones are all very smooth. My bins all have regular snap on lids and the only issue I've ever had was with Blatta lateralis (know escape artists) and one of the aforementioned "textured" bins. They are now in the clear bins and I haven't had any "escapes" for months.
  21. G. portentosa will do just fine with dry conditions too. I've been keeping them in a room with very little humidity for 18 years. You can keep your substrate and just let it dry out a bit.
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    Hello and welcome. I have no experience with those species, except the dubia and hissers, but good luck. The germans seem to have a lot of good roaches.
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    Giant Outdoor Lizard Cages

    It just so happens, I'm building two more cages, just like these for both Aregentine Tegu Species. Should be all done and planted by Spring.
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    Giant Outdoor Lizard Cages

    I finished them a while back and forgot to post them here. I have seven blackthroated monitors living in them. Easier to just post a link than trying to post them all here again. http://tortoiseforum.org/Thread-Finished-G...izard-Cage-Pics
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    Escaped roach!

    Ha! I've been there more than once.