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I just got my two male madagascar hissing cockroaches and Im super excited! Literally just took them out of the mail. They were a little cold so I put a slightly warm wet rag around (not touching) the cup they came in. They appear perfectly fine! Theyre currently in two makeshift homes (Tupperware container w holes in the lid and some eco earth on the bottom (misted!) with a little bit of pear on a tablespoon w 1/4 of a toilet paper tube to hide in) because the temporary home I had previously set up was too small for both of the males to be happy and not fighting. (they both have a little nip out of one antenna so i want them to relax apart for a little) they warmed up right away and started at the pears. The small of the two is very active and he was walking on my hand when I took him out of the cup, he wouldnt leave until I held out the pear. The slightly bigger one isnt as energetic and has been slowly walking around his short term home. I expected him to hiss at me when I picked him up but he didnt which Im concerned about. Even the little one did when he was on my hand. His coloring is a little bit lighter than the small onr and I was wondering if he might be ready to start molting? Is there a way to tell? I dont know if its their tiny roach personalities that are different or what but hopefully the lid for their big home comes soon so they can have more space! 

Im extremely happy that this community is here to help me take care of my new babies!!! Cant wait to watch them grow into big boy roaches! (they are only two months old according to the seller but the bigger one seems closer to three months)

Thanks!

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they are both heaving and i can see white between their exoskeleton pieces but the shell part is turning black im terrified lmao is this normal

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1 hour ago, emmett said:

they are both heaving and i can see white between their exoskeleton pieces but the shell part is turning black im terrified lmao is this normal

The heaving part makes me think they are right about to molt, the exoskeleton turning black worries me though... Keep us updated on them!

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is there anything i can do to help them? i havent given them their heat pad yet would putting it on the container and getting them warmer help?

ill try to take a picture of them

 

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heres an example, hes getting a lot darker. theres a little crack down his back and when he heaves the little sections seperate and I can see white. its been around a day and a half

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Hmm, while it does kinda look like he may molt, he also looks like an adult to me, TBH... Maybe try keeping them warmer and see how they do!

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he walked over and stood up against an egg carton and this is what his underneath looks like.

forgive me, i dont know too many terms for roach anatomy so im going to go off of human words lol

 his neck, part of his belly, and the areas around/between his legs are white and his back is still heaving. the crack down the middle looks longer than before. it's been a few days and it looks like the outer part is seperated more than before but he still wont break through. he seems perfectly fine besides this.

i guess at this point this will be an experience thread for someone else :^/ poor baby

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Really, 1 inch!? He seems to have rather prominent horns and adult coloration for a nymph, and his antennae look really fuzzy already, I think you just have a runt adult male.

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Maybe that's why hes having this problem, poor little guy. Yeah I measured him and hes so tiny thats why I assumed he was a sub-adult. I feel so awful for him. Thank you for all your help

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i misted the enclosure (not over the roaches or where they were sitting, more towards the wall and empty spaces of the tank) and they both when crazy, running all over the place. its the most active theyve ever been. I dont understand, this isnt the first time I've misted them

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Some people try to remove stuck sheds on every animal species that sheds. With a few very specific exceptions, it's a bad idea, but the intent is good.

In that case, I'd say you need to mist more.

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On 12/9/2017 at 10:22 PM, emmett said:

i misted the enclosure (not over the roaches or where they were sitting, more towards the wall and empty spaces of the tank) and they both when crazy, running all over the place. its the most active theyve ever been. I dont understand, this isnt the first time I've misted them

How much humidity do you have and what is their normal water source? Were they running around drinking the droplets off where you sprayed?

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i apologize for not responding, i havent been online for personal reasons lately. 

 

their digital reader says 50% humidity and 80°F. 

 

when i mist them they just run around and hide, they dont seem to drink from the sides. their regular water source would be the misting, insect water gel, and i put in juicy foods like oranges that have been squished by my thumb.

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I love seeing the excitement of a new keeper seeing their nymphs grow. Just wait, 6 months from now you'll be as bad as the rest of us with 20+ species numbering in the thousands lol. 

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I wish lol! Ive wanted hissing cockroaches since I was a little kid, Im so in love with them already and now that I have some Im even more in love ?

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50 minutes ago, emmett said:

I wish lol! Ive wanted hissing cockroaches since I was a little kid, Im so in love with them already and now that I have some Im even more in love ?

It's all downhill from here. Lol! Welcome to addi(hobby)ction.

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5 hours ago, emmett said:

update!!!

they both molted two days ago! They seem perfectly fine now! :D

Yay, glad to hear it! :D Hope they continue to do well for you!

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