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  1. We ship with newspaper and a 72 hour heat pad. It does add to the weight of the package thus costing a bit more to ship but simply add a buck more to the prices for winter and let the buyer know the cost of the heat pad is included the price of the sale.
  2. Temperatures in my area have dropped considerably and I have 2 customers on Amazon that have purchased Red Runner ooths. My question is how well do ooths tolerate colder temperatures? Overnights drop into the mid 30's and I do ship the live nymphs/adults with heat pads now that evening temps dropped past 45. Is it better to just to go ahead a ship with a heating pad to be on the safer side?
  3. I've not been able to find a latin name anywhere nor been able to verify if they are a true weevil. There are label as "Chinese Weevil" in Spanish "Gorgojos chinos". Used in alternative medicine to treat all kinds of ailments from asthma to cancer to pain management.
  4. Does anyone know if this species of weevil is sold in the US? I have a website that sells in Mexico but I am unsure of the import status on a medicinal insect.
  5. We keep black buffalo beetle in our dry tanks and the micro-mealworms devour through the frass and dropped food as well as dead bodies on occasion. There are times when the dry tanks get to humid and a change to egg cartons is needed and we scoop out excess frass but we wear dust masks and goggles for protection. It also keeps the micro-mealworm numbers down to a manageable number. But leaving frass behind is also needed to keep the colony healthy.
  6. We have some E. javanica for sale and are willing to ship. How many are you looking to buy? We are willing to cut the price greatly on the javanicas in order for you to afford the cost of shipping plus we will ship with extras. Let us know on how many you are looking to buy so we can calculate the shipping and we can proceed from there.
  7. Our dubias wont touch alfalfa either. But we tend to stick with a soy-based chicken feed with weekly offerings of carrot, apple, squash, or salad mix.
  8. My E. javanica are breeding at a steady pace. They have a mainly dry aspen bedding with an egg carton to hide, water crystals at all times, a soy protein based chick feed and fruits & veggies offered several times a week. They love banana, salad, carrot, and cucumber. My first batch of nymphs was small, maybe about 6 or 7. But the second batch was a bigger batch of about 20 nymphs. My third batch was just born a few weeks ago with about 40 nymphs. I have 3 females that may be pregnant currently. The nymphs are growing fairly quickly.
  9. Mine are in a small hefty plastic bin and have noticed that the sub-adults and adults rarely climb up the sides unless disturbed. The nymphs on the other hand climb all over the place.
  10. My Gyna just had babies as well but hard to say how many just know there are nymphs running around all over. Don't have as many mature adults as you but hoping the colony grows.
  11. Just checked on our G. centurio today as my husband and I tend to our collection every other day and to our surprise there are very tiny nymphs running around the enclosure. To hard to tell how many have been born but several days ago they were not there. So exciting.
  12. The nymphs take forever to mature but the one day bam beautiful adults. We finally saw our nymphs. dozens of them running around. It never look like they eat but they do very slowly. Every so often we put in a fresh carrot and some fresh soy-protein based chicken feed. We were so excited to see them so tiny and cute..
  13. The last nymph to molt and its a male. 4 females and 3 males in total. Here's to some happy breeding.
  14. My husband had purchased a starter colony of Centurions from CapeCod as well about a year ago. We lost a few but now have 2 adult males, 4 adult females, and a nymph that will mature any day now. We hope they start breeding soon.
  15. My hubby and I feed off some of our nymphs to our geckos, toads, frogs, and salamanders. The geckos sometimes fights over the bigger ones.
  16. My hubby and I raise dubia, hissers, E. javanica: They all seem to enjoy cucumber, onion, salad mix, bell pepper, carrot, apple, banana, potato, dehydrated oranges, pears, broccoli tops, spinach, and their soy protein chicken feed. We also have giant green banana roach who don't like the chicken feed at all but love the carrots and cucumber. We finally have a few matured Centurions that we hope to breed: they don't eat much but do ok on the chicken feed with carrots.
  17. Elliptorhina javanica....for some reason when I use the word "hallow**n" is changes to "oops"
  18. I meant oops hissers...have no idea how "oops" got in there other than my computer keyboard acting up yet again
  19. My husband and I raise your standard everyday feeder hisser as well as oops hisser. Both are fed a soy based protein chicken feed that is held in a container separate from their water source. Fresh veggies or fruit are offered several times a week and anything not eaten after 24 to 48 hours if removed. Since the hisser colony is has a large number of growing nymphs the feed and veggies goes fast.
  20. We haven't had any others molt and have been watching diligently. My husband still thinks it is a genetic issues and that all the ones we lost may have come from the same litter. So far we have had successful molts of younger hissers and several successful births. 2 in the past weeks as well as 3 newly pregnant females.
  21. We lost a minimum of 7 to a maximum 15 adults in a span of 2 weeks. My husband is super concerned of an inbreeding problem so he purchased 15 new breeding pairs to increase genetic variation.
  22. Diet is chicken feed with weekly feeding of veggies or fruits like bell pepper, carrots, tomato, apple, salad mix, occasionally some bread. Water is always available. The colony is kept in a ventilated see-through storage container so that we can keep an eye on food and water levels. Humidity is low to medium. When the issue started we increased the humidity by misting a couple times a week. There are normal molting as well as what appears to be adult hissers molting. We managed to get one completely out of it old exoskeleton but it did not harden up at all. We put it down as it was just suffering.
  23. We have had a healthy colony up until the last week when several adult hissers started molting. At first we thought that some sub-adults were going through bad final molts. Has anyone dealt with this before? Could this be an inbreeding issue? Is there anything that we can do to keep this from happening?
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