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Introducing new hissers to an existing colony

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I'm planning to add more hissers from a different source to my current colony to improve the genetic diversity. Can I add them directly to the tank? Or do I need to keep them separate first and get them used to the smell of each other? I mean, will they attack other roaches they don't know?

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If the males fight it wont matter how long they have to get used to each other first. Usually the fights are harmless.

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how bad does it hurt or limit them when they lose their antenna ?  It huts to see stubs

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For some reason, insects seem to only be alarmed while the injury is happening; once it stops they soon appear to calm down, even if half their body has been ripped off. The existence of insect consciousness is a controversial topic though.

 

fortunately, deantennated roaches can still taste for edibles with their palps, and I suspect that juveniles can regenerate antennae while molting

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