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I am new to the hobby and have purchased a couple Deaths Head nymphs from BugsInCyberspace and I was wondering if anyone has advice or tips for me about preferred foods, habitat, heating methods, etc

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Conrats, good luck with them. I don't have death heads,  I do have some blaberus hybrids. I culture them just like dubia, except I try to disturb them as little as possible. I had aborted eggsacs when I checked the colony often.

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13 hours ago, NeverLift said:

Conrats, good luck with them. I don't have death heads,  I do have some blaberus hybrids. I culture them just like dubia, except I try to disturb them as little as possible. I had aborted eggsacs when I checked the colony often.

Thanks, I'll be careful about how often I check on them =)

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Pretty good care info here: http://www.roachcrossing.com/for-sale/roach/all/deaths-head-roach/

Most people keep them moist, with lots of vertical hides for molting, as well as a couple of inches of substrate to burrow in. The diet should be mostly dog food, along with fruits and veggies. :) Overall a pretty essay species to keep!

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34 minutes ago, Hisserdude said:

Pretty good care info here: http://www.roachcrossing.com/for-sale/roach/all/deaths-head-roach/

Most people keep them moist, with lots of vertical hides for molting, as well as a couple of inches of substrate to burrow in. The diet should be mostly dog food, along with fruits and veggies. :) Overall a pretty essay species to keep!

Thanks Hisserdude, I'll put up some more hides for them

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1 hour ago, Blaberus Craniifer said:

Thanks Hisserdude, I'll put up some more hides for them

No problem, hope they do well for you! :)

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A few observations based on my experience with Death's Head Roaches. They do not tolerate high temps like Dubias, I keep mine at around 80 degrees, although it does go up to the mid 80s in the heat of the summer. They also need a little more humidity than Dubias, but not as much as Peppered Roaches. After years of keeping them, they seem to have the uncanny knack of eating primarily orange foods - oranges, carrots, butternut squash, etc. when given the choice. They also do not seem to be inclined to eat higher protein foods when given the choice. I currently have 3 allegedly distinct strains and for the life of me, I cannot tell them apart and their behavior seems to be identical.

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24 minutes ago, Fingerlakefeeders said:

A few observations based on my experience with Death's Head Roaches. They do not tolerate high temps like Dubias, I keep mine at around 80 degrees, although it does go up to the mid 80s in the heat of the summer. They also need a little more humidity than Dubias, but not as much as Peppered Roaches. After years of keeping them, they seem to have the uncanny knack of eating primarily orange foods - oranges, carrots, butternut squash, etc. when given the choice. They also do not seem to be inclined to eat higher protein foods when given the choice. I currently have 3 allegedly distinct strains and for the life of me, I cannot tell them apart and their behavior seems to be identical.

Thanks, I'll grab a spray bottle and a humidity meter so I can monitor the humidity level

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If you keep adults below 72F you'll probably never see a nymph but they can grow at cooler temps. Like Blaberus giganteus, some adults die within a day of molting. It is one of the best species! Good luck.

 

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2 hours ago, Allpet Roaches said:

If you keep adults below 72F you'll probably never see a nymph but they can grow at cooler temps. Like Blaberus giganteus, some adults die within a day of molting. It is one of the best species! Good luck.

 

Thanks, I didn't know that some die within a day of molting so thats some pretty helpful info because I would've been super confused.

 

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