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  1. First off, welcome to the forum, hope you enjoy it here! :D 

    To answer your questions, Therea do give off a faint defensive smell, but only when handled very roughly.

    I don't believe there are any sites out there that provide complete care info on specific species, but Roachcrossing.com provides basic info like substrate humidity, air humidity, temperature, etc. All Therea species enjoy a substrate of around 3 + inches with the top half being dry and the bottom half being moist. They feed mainly on dead hardwood leaves and require them in their diet, so you should also provide them with a layer of these on top of the substrate. Besides the leaves, they will also nibble on other foods occasionally such as fruits, veggies, and dog/cat/fish food and actually seem to require these as adults with individuals exhibiting wing-biting if not given enough protein. They can be kept anywhere from the high 60s to the low 80s. 

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  2. 1 hour ago, Hisserdude said:

    In Parcoblatta, yes, the male nymphs (or at least large male nymphs), have much larger thoracic segments because they have much longer wings as adults, the females' segments look more normal and proportionate to the rest of their body. :)

    Ah.......I need to brush up on my arthropod anatomy, I usually just refer to those as "wing buds". lol

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  3. 21 minutes ago, charzard said:

    Cool!!! Thanks! Is sexing all roaches done the same way?

    No problem. :) Nope, for Blaberids the last segment method is sufficient, but for the others sexual dimorphism or wing length is generally used in determining sex (although these are not as accurate as the aforementioned technique).

  4. 36 minutes ago, Jesus said:

    Something strange/odd happened to me, a few weeks ago I opened the lid to feed my lobster colony and then right when I was about to put the food inside a huge red cockroach was staring at me in one of the egg flats, where did that come from? I started my colony with about 40 lobsters and other than that I did not add any other roach to the enviorement this roach was as big as the american cockroach the ones you see outside but the color was different like super red and it had wings probably a male but totally different than a lobster is there an explanation for this? also as soon as I put my hand inside the bin the thing just ran off to hide I wanted to capture it but it was too fast and my egg flats are in a way you can't move em easily unless you remove some

    Sounds like it was just an American; intensity of the red coloration can vary between individuals. Since it sounds like they make their way into your house quite a bit, it must have snuck in through an opening in the container(If there are any) or while you were feeding.

  5. I currently have a group of the white eye strain. They are not really all that active, the females and nymphs stay under the substrate while the adult males reside along the top layer. You are going to want to keep these similar to Therea with the top half of substrate being dry and the bottom half moist. They are going to feed mainly on dead leaves like the other Corydiids and really seem to like supplemental foods (perhaps the most of any Corydiid that I've observed seeming to require regularly offerings in order to keep from cannibalizing the oothecae). 

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  6. Hi hissterical (I see what you did there) and welcome to the forum! :) 

    You can house them together, but that would run a high risk in terms of creating hybrids in an already tainted genus. I would not really recommend it unless they are all the same sex.

    There are signs of aging. In hissers you can ususally tell when in individual is getting up there in age if it begins to act lethargic, parts of it's antennae and/or tibia fall off, and acts more thirsty than it used to. 

    Yep, many species carry their food away as a way to sort of "eat in peace" without having to compete with the others. lol

  7. 2 minutes ago, Centipede Uncivil said:

    I've had a colony of giganteus for a few years now and it's population seems to wax and wane dramatically. At one point overrun and now I probably only have 10 adults and a decent number of nymphs. This has happened before but I never hammered down the cause. Enclosure is a sterility bin about the size of a 20 gal  with maybe 4 inches of substrate with lots of cork bark.

    What does the substrate consist of? I believe a substrate of rotten wood and dead leaves is supposed to be vital to the health of these guys.

  8. 1 hour ago, Hisserdude said:

    Yeah, I'm kind of an introvert, and I find it really hard to talk to adults, (even though I'll technically be one next year...). I don't have a phone since there's really no one I'd talk to on it, at least no one I couldn't just email, so there's really no point to have one. Of course, now I kinda wish I had one, as it would be cool to call into this radio thing...

    I'm just the opposite, I find it very hard to talk to people my own age, and famous people. ;) In fact, I nearly passed out giving a speech on why arthropods should be kept as pets to my class a few days ago. lol

    Well, I still like the idea of a phone since you get to physically speak with people that you might not normally be able to (for me, it's my mom's side of the family that lives in Canada), but I see your point. 

  9. 1 hour ago, Hisserdude said:

    Haha, as much as I'd love to, I'm very awkward at talking to people IRL, even on a phone. And then there's the fact that I don't even have a phone. :P

    Same here, that's why I wanted you to call in. lol When I saw Kyle at the expo, I told him that I was "All About Insects from the forums" forgetting that he hadn't been on the forums in years, he thought to himself "Who the heck is this kid?" and then responded, "Well, it's nice that you could make it down here". :lol:

    It seems that everybody has a phone nowadays (even toddlers), I actually just got mine this year, but only use to communicate with my mom......us invert enthusiasts are weird people. :P 

  10. 51 minutes ago, Hisserdude said:

    They are either totally random names that have nothing to do with the roaches like Jack, or Sam, or really obvious names like "Stripes" for a tiger hisser, or "Pancake" for a flat horned hisser. (I also named my legless lizard "Legless" and my rose hair tarantula "Rosie").

    :blink: I am shocked at you.

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