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  1. 9 hours ago, Hisserdude said:

    Actually it appears that a protein based food like dog food is even more important to their diet than decaying leaves, and they certainly grow faster with it in their diet... Heck according to @Cariblatta lutea dead leaves may not even be neccesary in their diet! So I definitely wouldn't say you can chuck them in with some dead leaves and expect them to survive or grow well with little to no supplemental foods... 

    From what I've seen, it's likely more important to other Corydiids as well and my P.saussurei have basically survived and reproduced solely on it since my leaves seem to have not been at an appropriate level of decay.

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  2. The various Blaberus spp. are a good choice and Eublaberus is also a nice fit. :) 

    Arizona Sand Roaches should be kept with a dry substrate of coconut fiber with only one or two corners of the enclosure kept moist. They should have high ventilation and should be offered dead leaves and dog/cat food for feeding.

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  3. 2 hours ago, Jimbobtom said:

    Thank you for the suggestion, but I'm thinking the darkling/spider beetles would be too small? I'm feeding large chameleons atm, not sure what I'll end up getting in the future though. Usually the smallest I go for feeders now are large isopods and banana roaches.

    The larvae of most easily bred darkling beetles are about the same size as mealworms, so right around the smallest of the stuff you're offering. The spider beetles would definitely be too small for large chameleons though; they're only about 3 mm in length. 

  4. 19 hours ago, Jimbobtom said:

    Just interested in hearing anyone's ideas for something different to breed that could also be used as an occasional feeder. I have roaches(obviously lol), d gigantea(green bean sticks), snails, superworms, 8 isopod species including the large spanish p sevilla, and lastly not an invert, but working on a mourning gecko project. 


    I have 2 panther chameleons and 1 yellow lip p parsonii, and plan to get some more once we buy a house. I try to feed my animals a huge variety and love raising different critters at the same time so I'm always looking for new ideas!

    Darkling beetles and spider beetles might be good options. :) 

    There are a bunch of neat darkling beetle species that are easy to keep and breed (mostly the smaller ones). Although the adults can't really be used as feeders due to the very hard exoskeletons and defensive chemicals they have a lot of the time, the larvae certainly can.

    Spider beetles such as Mezium affine are very odd, quirky, little guys and both the adults and larvae should be able to be used as feeders. The larvae are very small and you'd probably need sort of a sifting contraption to collect them out of the enclosure, but the adults are easily collected. I will mention that only about 1/4 of the adults' abdomens are filled with meat though, so I don't how nutritious they would be and they also like to play dead, which might take some getting used to for whatever insectivore they're getting fed to. 

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  5. Lucihormetica grossei



    Adult male



    Adult female


    Adult pair



    Sub-adult male nymph (adult male previously pictured)



    Pre-sub-adult female nymph (adult female previously pictured)


    Sub-adult male nymph and pre-sub-adult female nymph (adult pair previously pictured)


    Small-medium-sized nymphs

  6. This photo thread won't be nearly as prolific as the one by the same name on the mantidforum since roaches are about 75% of what I keep at the moment, but nonetheless, it should be a fun, little place. :) 

    Let's begin with my most miniscule and possibly most otherworldly beetle species, your favorite pest, Mezium affine. :) 

    Mezium affine







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  7. Good morning everyone. 😛 

    I've decided to start up a photo thread on my cockroach collection in its entirety here after finally learning how to easily share pictures thanks to the one and only, @Hisserdude. I'll go ahead and get things rolling with the current crowning jewel of my collection, my smallish nymph pair of Rhinoceros Roaches, Macropanesthia rhinoceros. :) 

    Macropanesthia rhinoceros






    Smallish female Nymph





    Smallish male nymph


    Smallish nymph pair

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  8. 15 hours ago, aoikirin said:

    I've yet to have any species of roach bite me, but I only have about 15 to 20 different species, none from the genus Eurycotis for example.  

    Consider yourself lucky; I found out early that roaches will nip as E.lixa was only the 3rd species I kept. LOL Nonetheless, they still definitely make up for their nippiness with their large size, impressive coloration, and interesting behavior. :) 

  9. Almost all species will bite/nibble, but mostly only when some smell of food is on your hands during maintenance. I find that the biggest and smaller species' bites hurt the most, but any nip can pack a punch if they get your arm/back of your hand. lol 

    One species that seems to like biting whether it smells food on you or not is Eurycotis lixa. This roach will literally bite me about 75% of the time I hold it. LOL

  10. 4 hours ago, kawaiiroaches said:

    Honestly, what a huge help. I’ve tried to educate myself as much as I can on hissers, but I suppose I’ll always have something to learn. 

    I have to say, she’s one of the most beautiful roaches I’ve ever owned, that picture really doesn’t do her justice. She also has very prominent horns for a female. 

    Now I’m very curious to see what types of colors their nymphs will develop, as I’m now trying to nurture a larger colony. If some will favor her more than him. This brood was about 40, so we’ll see what color variations happens. 

    Surely no one will ever known every miniscule shard of information about any roach (or organism in general), but as far as things that the hobby concerns, you'll definitely get there.

    If there's one neat thing about hybrids, it is the color variation; I bet you'll see some beautiful looks thrown around. :) 

  11. 8 minutes ago, kawaiiroaches said:

    Interesting, thank you! I don’t mind at all that she’s a hybrid, as I won’t be selling her offspring, but I suspected she wasn’t a bumpy hisser because she’s been breeding. As I said, still pretty new to roaches and bugs... 😅

    Just begs the question for me of what she’s mixed with. 

    No prob! 

    I would say she's pretty much certainly mixed with G.oblongonota as they're the second most common hisser species in the hobby and she does show similar dark red coloration.

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