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  1. The only way I've been able to positively sex N. cinerea is when I see an ootheca squish out of the abdomen while my Chameleon is eating one... Then I know that was a female.
  2. Hmm, I definitely have some with shorter and some with longer wings... Is wing length a sexually dimorphic trait for N. cinerea?
  3. Do roaches in general breed up to the capacity of their enclosure... Or do they just continue breeding regardless of how crowded it gets?
  4. Okay, just give it to me straight... Am I facilitating a plague - of biblical proportions - by breeding N. Cinerea? These things appear to be reproducing at an absolutely scary rate. I'm starting to worry about them eventually overflowing the 18 gallon bin they're in!
  5. Hey folks, New member here... Just wanted to share share a couple of interesting pictures I've taken in my brief time working with roaches. B. Dubia mating: https://drive.google...iew?usp=sharing B. Dubia ootheca: https://drive.google...iew?usp=sharing N. Cinerea molting: https://drive.google...iew?usp=sharing https://drive.google...iew?usp=sharing
  6. I think the screens are heavy enough to prevent a roach from pushing their way through, but I don't have much experience with them yet. I will say this much, based on my limited interactions with them thus far (i.e. harvesting them and feeding them to my Chameleon for the past ~7 days) I've found Lobsters to be much stronger than I would've thought. Their ability to 'cling' to anything is impressive to say the least. I use 12" tongs to feed them to my Chameleon. I usually grab them by a leg then hold them in-place near my Chameleon until he shoots them with his tongue. While doing this I
  7. I use non-luminous ceramic heat emitters (in addition to under tank heaters). Be careful though... Depending on the wattage of the bulb(s) you got, they can emit a lot of heat - Easily enough to melt plastic. Using under tank heaters and ceramic heat emitters, I keep my enclosures between 85-90 degrees.
  8. Maybe some backyard chickens are in order... Fresh eggs would be nice!
  9. I went back-and-forth on this quite a bit before making a decision to go with screen tops (instead of ventilation holes). Here's my logic... Please tell me if I'm crazy! I had concerns about the long-term viability of the glue and/or tape commonly used to secure screen material to these ventilation holes. Between changes in weather, constant heat source(s), extremely pliable plastic, bugs constantly scraping and gnawing to get out (and in), etc... I was concerned about the overall durability of these ventilation holes. Curious to hear others' thoughts on this approach. Continued from
  10. Hmm, I have 1 Chameleon... And a very poor understanding of how much food these 3 colonies would eventually produce - Laugh!
  11. Thanks, that's comforting to hear... I'll be sure to share your post with my wife, who thinks I'm nuts for doing this!
  12. Hello all, I'm new to roaches... Looking for feedback from more experienced keepers than myself. I'm currently keeping colonies of: - Blaptica Dubia - Nauphoeta Cinerea - Panchlora Nivea I'm not able to attach pictures directly to my post (due to size limits), so here are URLs instead: Bug farm - https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_yNy39A-ExvOGI2NWJDWlRnNms B. Dubia bin - https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_yNy39A-ExvMHlyelVzdnJVNVU N. Cinerea - https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_yNy39A-Exvck9HMWFIS1VndVE P. Nivea (before adding roaches) - https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_yNy39A
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