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  2. So my brother has just moved to a small town west of Dallas called Graham. Anyone know if any of the Arenivaga species could be found in this area and what habitat to look in?
  3. First off welcome to the roach keeping hobby! Hissers are definitely a good step into overcoming your fear of roaches. While the adults seem huge and intimidating, they tend to be fairly docile. Like you said smaller nymphs are a perfect size to try to get used to handling. I can relate, since I was in a similar situation to you I'd like to believe. At younger ages I loved digging up worms and finding ants, mantids, butterflies, and all types of other invertebrates. As I got older, I strayed away from bug catching as well. I later in my early teens encountered German roaches at a friend
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  5. I just got a group of 25. Eublaberus sp. “ivory” last week. Lucihormetica is high on my possibility list.
  6. I suggest Lucihormetica subcincta or Lucihormetica verrucosa, they won't bother your allergies and can be kept more damp than the pantanal. They breed decently well if you have an established colony. Have you tried the other 3 Eublaberus species in captivity?
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  8. The good thing is after a visit to the allergy doctor (dang alpha-gal) I believe my assumed allergic reaction to my roaches may have been misplaced. It seems I have some other allergy problem going on. Funny how you can jump to a conclusion and then your mind helps foster it. My wife started her own colony of Dubia which she is keeping like my Eublaberids. Coco fiber, sticks, bark hide and oak leaves. I am going to add one more species. Something for my 2.5 gallon tall bugarium.
  9. Welcome! I found hissers to be rather tough critters. With their sticky pads on their feet you will find them (and most other species) to be rather difficult to flip off your hand. They are very resilient.
  10. I guess the main thing to know about me is I'm a very new hisser keeper! It's been about a week since I've had them and I still haven't worked up the courage to handle them. I know this sounds silly to y'all but I actually have a bit of a fear of bugs. As a kid I was the bug QUEEN. Anytime I was outside I was collecting anything I could get my hands on. That included; ants, caterpillars, praying mantises, and weaver spiders. I caught any and everything. Around 11 tho, I gravitated towards indoor activities like video games and such and before I knew it, I grew a bit of a fear of bugs. Anytime
  11. Fish food, beetle jelly, and pollen seem to work for me. Growth really took off after I added a bit of heat to one end of the enclosure and some fish flakes. Not sure which one did the trick.
  12. I buy dubia roaches for my bearded dragon and have been buying from the same place for over a year. This time I notice white strings coming out of some of the molts. I tried to google what it was but came up with results varrying from it being cordyceps fungus to it being perfectly normal. I was hoping someone on here could shed some light on what it is and if it is anything to worry about. I circled the molts in question in the pictures. I inserted a link to an imgur with the pictures because I couldn't figure out how to add them in the post. http://imgur.com/gallery/pVCXNaj
  13. Bump away! I'm always open to people "digging up" my old threads. More so, if they are still relevant or useful. But yes, I used both caffeinated leaves (black tea) and non-caffeinated leaves (green tea, mint tea, hibiscus tea, etc.). Hope that helps!
  14. I feed mine on a staple diet of lichen covered branches, they strip the lichen completely off, i also offer a thin slice of apple once a week give or take. My colony is booming and breeding very well.
  15. Well I've bred Myrmecophilus without keeping them with ants, so I'm hoping I can do the same with the Myrmecoblatta, we'll see. I'm throwing everything I can at them diet wise.
  16. Apologies for the bump, was curious whether this included the caffeinated leaves. Thanks
  17. I've had terrible luck with Dorylaea orini and low ventilation, no problem with Panchlora and Ergaula and no visible ventilation. Most do need vents.
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  19. I'm looking for Deropeltis paulinoi and Elliptorhina davidi. Anyone who someone with these.
  20. I haven’t seen any evidence of premature death so hopefully it’s not that. I did a partial substrate change (1/3) cause I realized it has been a while since I added any. I also moisturized all the substrate and removed any debris. I found a lot of peach and cherry pits, pumpkin stems etc. my wife reminded me we were feeding three leopard geckos and a bearded dragon and added three more leopard geckos. So have a feeling I have been feeding from it more than I realize. I looked through it last night and I found several newly matured adults. I also got a start of Eublaberus “ivory” to get a seco
  21. The red edge seem to be slow breeding compared to other cubaris like the duckies. My colony is a year older than the ducky colony and I started with 8 and I maybe have 100 but started with 5 ducky and have 500. Do yours seem to reproduce well?
  22. Try moving some or all to a new setup. My serranus is from maybe 2007 and they seem fine in the same cage. I have other roach colonies that have been in the same cage since 1995. My discoidalis I've had since 89 and the portentosa are an unmixed line from 72. Usually a change in care level, or differences in weather that affect indoor conditions are the problem. There is afungus that can wipe out a colony but I've only seen the fungus take out Corydia and Polyphaga and it still takes a few years to blow out a decent colony. Sadly it ends in 100% mortality eventually no matter what you do.
  23. Thank you so much! Very happy to be here ! And share this world with all of you!
  24. So I have had a colony of Eublaberus serranus since 2016. I have kept them in a 10 gallon fish tank with around 6 inches of coconut fiber , bark pieces and stick for the adults to rest on. I usually see around 30 adults with several dozen nymphs of various sizes. I keep the substrate mostly damp and mist weekly, feed oats a couple times a week, and add fruit and veggie scraps almost daily. I feed cat food sporadically. The temp is 75-80. The numbers are with me removing some for feeding my lizards. But that was usually 12-24 nymphs a week and maybe 2 males a week. But my numbers held. The past
  25. I should have mentioned earlier if you go with Blaberus you might want to go with fusca, atropus, or discoidalis. These should breed fairly fast. As far as population control you can cull or try to sell Blaberus, Eublaberus, and dubia and the lateralis you can pull and freeze the oothecas or cull them.
  26. As a kid I loved bugs, but as an adult I have a knee-jerk reaction to anything that isn’t a roly poly. I wanted to get into bug keeping because I still find them wildly interesting. I purchased nymphs thinking they would be tiny and I could grow to get used to them and vice versa... Only thing is, these nymphs are rather big. Wayyy larger than I bargained for. Does anyone have advice for complete newbies handling them? I don’t want to hurt them if I have a sudden reaction to them darting or something.
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