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  2. They can only breed once they have had their final molt. She may be an adult, as some have color variations and she may just be an all black hisser. There really isn't a specific "adult coloration". She also may just be a small adult female, or she could just be fat, it happens! Good Luck!
  3. Hi everyone! Has anyone seen or do you know if a Madagascar hissing cockroach can become "pregnant" before their final molt? An adult of mine just had her nymphs some days ago (so cute!) and now I notice that my juvenile female looks very round, like my adult did for so long. I've been assuming she was getting ready for a last molt (since she is all black and doesn't have adult hisser coloration yet), but now I'm wondering if another 30 or so nymphs could be on their way... Thank you! -Katie
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  5. I use an oil filed electric space heater for the room roaches tarantulas and boas are in great $40 investment.
  6. We are a bit late but I think it's one of those fire hazards that is real but almost impossible.
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  8. I don't think the lamp will ignite anything in the enclosure unless you're torching your roaches at 400+ degrees. Just make sure the lamp is not touching anything flammable or meltable itself and has enough room to radiate excess heat away.
  9. Hello! I'm working on a rather unusual custom enclosure and I am preparing to get some feeder roaches (probably G. portentosa) to farm in it. I thought it would be a good idea to sign up and get some of my last questions answered! I currently have a couple small bins of mealworms, and I kept crickets for a while but now I'd like to try roaches instead.
  10. Hello, can someone ID it? Location is in Raleigh, North Carolina area. Thank you.
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  12. I usually just stick with apple slices but residual pesticides shouldn't be so high on edible produce. They are mostly nocturnal so only use one large piece of bark and angle the bark against the side of the cage so they can feel they are hiding and you can see them.
  13. Hi! I'm from VA. I'm an at home auntie and me and my niece love to catch bugs. We have lots of baby roaches to rear and lots of questions that need lots of answers. I was referred by a member on beetleforum.net. My roaches: 1 Madagascar Hisser, 1 Tiger Hisser, 1 Halloween Hisser, 8 Halloween x Madagascar hisser hybrid nymphs, 2 chrome roaches, 3 domino roach nymphs, 1 large death head nymph, and 1 beetle mimic roach. We have quite a collection going on!
  14. Hi! Ever since my hissers bred, I've had the worst time raising insects ever. And to make things worse, I have another litter on it's way(I'll be seperating the female once she gives birth). I had around 20, but their numbers just kept dropping within a month now. Often dying without a cause, I find them on their backs convulsing. The only times that had a cause was when I shut the cage top down and didn't see the roach in the way(poor guy!). And one just 2 days ago, which I think he was stuck behind the water cap for too long. I have 8 now, which have been thriving well and growing. I ha
  15. I'm a beginner as well, but I noticed my hisser has been more active since the temps have risen.
  16. Thank you so much!! I appreciate it
  17. Thank you all ! I'll go with Blaberus giganteus. I was already interested in keeping them so being able to feed them to my tarantulas is another reason to get a colony! Dubias are awesome but the only problem I have is that they burrow in my fossorial enclosures and sometimes play dead 😕 Other than that they are just perfect feeders By the way, thank you @RenOfTheRoaches for being so cautions when recommending superworms to feed tarantulas. I know they, or even smaller mealworms, can kill a molting or freshly molted T. I always crush their head so they don't bite nor burrow.
  18. Dear forum members. I am compiling some rough data on cockroach reproduction for my Environmental Biotechnology classes. We are talking about blatticompost and the use of cockroaches to process waste. As an introduction to the topic I am interested in some reproduction data on some species. I have found data on some species, but I have information gaps. I know that these data can vary greatly by various factors, but a rough number is ok. I particularly need: Length of gestation period of Cariblatta lutea and Neostylopyga_rhombifolia. Duration of nymph stage of Blaberus cran
  19. I have attempted these I think 3 times now over the past several years. They always seem to dwindle down to 1 or 2 which live for a long time. This past attempt I thought I was going good, I had them in a deli cup and they matured from small nymphs to adults. I moved them to a larger bin and ended up getting nymphs. And BTW I put them in the exact same bin set up, temps, food, etc as my gyna caffrorum and gyna centurio. My caffrorum are doing well, they seem to go up and down in population, but still have decent numbers. My centurio are thriving to the point I've even somehow found an adult in
  20. The room is between 70 and 80, I have to keep it warm for my dart frogs. It can sometimes be a bit warmer in the summer. The colony has maybe 40 or 50 individuals? Not too sure.
  21. what temps do you keep the room they're in? I keep my dubia dry and feed fresh fruit or veggies along with dry food twice a week. The room i keep them in has a space heater and never gets below 75f with highs of 80f in the winter and sometimes up to 85 in the summer. Also how big is your colony now? Maybe there just enough yet to notice the difference in colony expansion?
  22. So, I have a small bin of dubia roaches. I would like them to breed but they don't seem to be doing so. I don't see many babies in there. I have twice now seen ejected oothecas and do not know why. Let me describe how I keep them, and hopefully you will have some advice... The bin is medium sized. It has gray sides and a lock on lid. I put a little mesh panel in the lid and it takes up a little less than half the lid. They seem to like digging so I have given them relatively deep substrate, a mix of the substrate I use in my terrariums plus a wee bit of aspen shavings mixed in. They also
  23. If you decide tp go with Blaberus as feeders you might want to look at B. atropos mine breed fairly quick. I've also read that B fusca are the fastest breeding of the Blaberus.
  24. Hi! I have recently got 4 madagascan hissing cockroaches housed with 2 Halloween hissing cockroaches. I have researched their care extensively and I believe I am caring for them well. Is it normal for them to be barley seen? They spend all of their time under their corkbark hiding. I'm not sure how active they should be or how to know if they are healthy. They have some carrot and orange and bug gel for food/water in there and I have seen a few of them eat. My room is warm and humid but do I needd to be spraying them often? I'm also worried about pesticides on vegetables, am I okay
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