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Broken leg?

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Does anyone know what I could do for a roach that I found with a broken hind leg? Right now she cant seem to walk without the leg going funky and flipping her over...

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I suppose you could amputate it. I've had to do that with a roach that had a bad moult and had a wing dragging on the ground so it couldn't walk. I just carfully cut it off with scissors and the roach was ok. I hated to do it but that saved it's life I think.

I wonder if roaches will cut their own parts off that aren't functioning. T's do that sometimes.

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I would recommend the aforementioned "use scissors and cut the leg off". They cannot really feel a cut off and will not register any pain from that either; and it will heal very quickly. I would also suggest wiping off the scissors with a paper towel and rubbing alchohol to avoid a particular infection...I can't remember the name of the bacteria, but it is harmless to humans, carried by most humans, and infectious in arthropods. Serratia sp. or something like that? (This may be wrong bacterial genus....)

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