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Hi there!

Here is how I got hooked! I talked about hissing roaches appears on newspaper to my friend whose trading reptiles about a year ago, surprisingly, he still remembers, and got me some tiger stripe hissers recently. I am definitely hooked, and managed to secured myself some Madagascar hissers as well. But its very hard to find roaches here, most ppl just keep a few common species as feeders. Found a local trading post on white stripes, mini hissers and mini tiger stripe hissers, but that's over a year old, hopefully they're still available. And its damn hard to find anyone willing to shipping internationally, understandably, its hard to enough to keep them alive during transit, not to mention clearing customs, and stuffs.

Anyway, thanks for the great forum, I found a wealth of information that I would never find locally.

Cheers

Kenneth

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Welcome! I'm glad you're enjoying your pets. What about contacting local collectors who can find some of the handsome Chinese cockroaches like the forest-dwelling Panesthia?

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Wow would love to live in Hong Kong and collect roaches. Welcome, sure you can find lots of roaches there I'd druel over.

Hi there!

Here is how I got hooked! I talked about hissing roaches appears on newspaper to my friend whose trading reptiles about a year ago, surprisingly, he still remembers, and got me some tiger stripe hissers recently. I am definitely hooked, and managed to secured myself some Madagascar hissers as well. But its very hard to find roaches here, most ppl just keep a few common species as feeders. Found a local trading post on white stripes, mini hissers and mini tiger stripe hissers, but that's over a year old, hopefully they're still available. And its damn hard to find anyone willing to shipping internationally, understandably, its hard to enough to keep them alive during transit, not to mention clearing customs, and stuffs.

Anyway, thanks for the great forum, I found a wealth of information that I would never find locally.

Cheers

Kenneth

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Thanks for all the replies. I thought about local species, and checked them out in the local library. Officially, there are just 31 native roach species in Hong Kong, most are small, quick, and flight able which make them less desirable as pets, but there are still a few special ones such as Hemithyrsocera lateralis. I live in a village, and I have a roof garden, so maybe if I keep my eyes open, I will catch some of them while I tend to my plants.

Most ppl here just keep Dubia and Cherry Head as feeders, and that's only minority compare to other feeders, such as crickets and scolopendras since 99% of ppl here would go YUCK when you talk about roaches.

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Yeah, ppl like feeding them to large fish such as Arowana and Red Bellied Catfish.

Scolopendra centipedes are used as feeders?

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Ah, yes! I had an Arowana keeper purchase some small soil centipedes through my site awhile back. He said the red pigment in the centipedes was known to translate into a beautiful fish. Interesting!

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There is also a myth among Chinese that feeding poisonous animals will enhance the "inner fire".

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So, do you think the color change is a myth? What does "inner fire" mean? =Aggressiveness /Aggression?

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Inner fire means something like kind of "more awake", not sure if you know what I mean.

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