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  1. Products are listed in inappropriate categories and with terms that violate category rules (for example, the mantises all ship regular post instead of one-day, which the category requires). Looking at this dude's ebay store again....it seems like these mistakes could be out of ignorance but something just doesn't sit right with me.

    ebay used to be really strict about only allowing feeders to be sold but it looks like they've gotten a bit more lenient (fish seem to be okay now for whatever reason, but tarantulas still aren't?).  Still, I'm pretty sure a lot of invert listings violate their terms, like all the millipedes being sold as feeders. Unless there's a site wide crackdown, I doubt anything will happen to you :)



  2. As the saying goes, "If it looks too good to be true..."

    This seller has been posting a number of questionable ads on ebay for live insects at suspiciously low prices.  It looks like several of their hisser listings are just portentosa hybrids or morphs, like this poorly spelled listing for "grandieri":


    Correct me if I'm wrong but that looks like regular portentosa to me!  I've tried reporting some of the seller's listings but eBay doesn't seem to care.  Be careful!

  3. I recommend dental plaster, hydrocal, or ytong.  The first two are liquid so you can make a mold of your burrow and pour around it, or you can carve into it after it cures (be careful, they're very brittle when cured). I think ytong is bought as a solid so your only option is carving into it.  You can also buy premade ytong burrows: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Formicaio-Antnest-Antfarm-Gasbeton-Ytong-/263166520536?hash=item3d45f26cd8:g:qoUAAOSwB-1Yrn73

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  4. I think you can "power feed" pretty much any exothermic animal by increasing temperatures in order to speed its metabolic rate.  It's even practiced with reptiles, and some fish breeders also keep their fish warmer so they mature faster (not sure if they call it "power feeding" though). It's controversial in many hobbies because it does shorten the lifespan of the animal, however tarantula keepers argue that power feeding through the spiderling stage is beneficial because tarantulas die more easily when they're young.  Here's a good article about the topic. 

    I personally don't fuss with my temperatures much unless I start to notice problems.

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  5. I feed mine whatever I give the dubias (usually orange). Just make sure the protein source doesn't get low. I can always tell if I run out of cat food because I start to see halves of individuals strewn about the enclosure :/

  6. I feed basically everything I have sliced oranges with the rind. I don't know how toxic it is but the roaches eat around the rind. Luckily I haven't had any deaths due to pesticides to my knowledge but I do wash all my fruit. My Panchlora nivea (not giant)didn't seem to care for orange as much as other species, but they're not heavy feeders anyhow.

  7. A few months ago I broke out in hives and thought I was allergic to my roaches for a while. I'm still not sure what it caused it, but it went away and I haven't had a reaction again. Since then I've been careful to avoid developing insect allergies.

    I try to minimize risk by not touching anything in my roach bins directly--I always use gloves or forceps. I should probably also wear a mask, but I don't unless I'm cleaning bins. I've read horror stories of people having to give up lifelong hobbies because of these reactions and I don't want to risk it.

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