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  1. I've read that some people use packing tape as a barrier, instead of Vaseline and the like. Supposedly some species can't climb the slippery tape. Makes sense to me. Anyone know if domino roaches can climb it? I'm thinking of putting mine in a less securely lidded container that I like the look of, and packing tape seems like a good way to keep 'em in. Shouldn't wear off, after all.
  2. Ah, good- it's a relief to know I'm not literally the only person with any in this country! I was actually trying to look into where laboratories get theirs, to see if any suppliers are legally able to sell to a private collector. I think I'd like to keep a culture of these guys when I get myself better medicated, they're sort of handsome. Something about the lines and the soft coloration. I bet a bustling culture of these would be really nice to look at. I do still have domino roaches, since they're super easy to keep happy. I accidentally left the culture in a cabinet for two months las
  3. Last year, I accidentally brought back half a dozen Madeira roaches on a pig skull I got in Hawaii. I have one confirmed, healthy adult, unsexed, but I haven't seen any others in awhile. I've been keeping them fed and watered, I have no reason to assume they'd be dead, but I sure haven't seen them. So, no guarantees, BUT, I'm looking for a new home for however many of these I have. I have chronic fatigue issues and need to downsize my critter collection. The deal is, I'll mail you what I have. The adult, and all the substrate from their enclosure, in case there are any in that. If
  4. I do have an update: species confirmed. I think. I know I have this one in there, alive and kicking. I haven't seen any of the others in awhile, though. This one was actually found loose! I think it escaped early on, before I had them in proper containment, and it seems to have been pretty happy to grow and develop outside the enclosure. Probably in my houseplants. I did NOT sex it while I had it out, since I know these have a stink defense and I didn't want to risk it doing that. I'm actually going to be making a post elsewhere of rehoming these. I have some chronic fat
  5. For an animal to form a social bond with something other than its species, it has to be an animal that's capable of social bonds in the first place, and has to recognize something of itself (body language, etc) in that other species. Roaches may be capable of the first, but wouldn't be able to understand that a human is a living thing, as opposed to a force of nature. However, many animals, from insects to reptiles, can learn to recognize and respond neutrally/positively to a specific human. They can learn not to see you as a threat, and even to associate you with food, new toys (for rept
  6. I caught these two in the process of making more roaches. Pretty neat to see, since the females only mate the once. Also found this little lady. At least, I'm guessing it's a lady based on the antennae. She's awful small, should really be at least a quarter inch longer and wider, and clearly her wings aren't right. I'm guessing they didn't expand properly. One wing is about the right shape and size, and then there's that other one, that I hope doesn't give her any trouble. She seems healthy enough otherwise, she's moving normally. Hopefully she's fertile. What causes th
  7. I've since rearranged my living space and no longer have room for an enclosure that size, unfortunately, but that sounds like a great idea. I'll keep it in mind, because I definitely want to do a big setup like that someday! Just not any time particularly soon.
  8. I moved a box in my closet and found another one. I also transferred them into a new enclosure. I found 5 total while transferring them, but I wasn't checking, just moving the substrate over in big heaping handfuls, so I imagine the rest of 'em are in there somewhere. There's a couple that are a good inch long at this point, and I didn't note any smell while transferring them, which I'm glad for. I also noticed that they seem more likely to run down into the substrate now when disturbed, instead of up and around like they did before, so I'm guessing it's because they're used to their env
  9. Oh, yeah, I've heard they'll eat everything. The couple I have certainly seem fine eating the houseplant leaves I put in the container with them. How many do you need to really get an actual food scrap disposal going? Is there anything (aside from toxic fruit seeds and onions, I know those) that they shouldn't be fed?
  10. We have these paper plates that we use sometimes, and they say "COMPOSTABLE" in big letters on the package. Elsewhere, they say something about how they're only compostable in a commercial facility, which "may not exist in your area". It makes me wonder, what with how voracious some roaches are, could any of them be kept to eat these plates? Not just plates, of course, they'd get other food, but I'm wondering about a specific thing. The plates absorb moisture, so I wonder if they could be sprayed with some sort of broth for flavoring and nutrition, then fed to the roaches, along with sup
  11. The skulls are legal, yes. They're feral hogs, which aren't protected at all. Our suitcases got inspected twice on the way back! First by US agriculture, checking for plant materials (the vast majority are illegal to move between Hawaii and the mainland), and once by the airline checking for bombs, and neither of them did anything about the skulls. We didn't hide them or anything, just put them in paper bags and stuck 'em in. Meat might be harder to import, but the only concern with skulls is if it's something endangered. It would definitely have been illegal to bring these guys in, just
  12. Now, this is for zebra isopods (Armadillidium maculatum), but it would also work for small, non-climbing roaches. Or for climbing species if you had a snug lid and covered the holes with mesh. It has a lid (just a cut-out piece of stiff packaging plastic), but I took that off for the pic. 1-gallon plastic bowl, holes poked with a soldering iron. There are lots of good uses for goldfish bowls! But none of them are for housing any kind of fish, albeit maybe for an hour or two as temporary holding/display. That's how the myth about goldfish being kept in bowls came about- the people who 'in
  13. Hissers should really have fruit, as they're a tropical species that naturally eats fallen fruit reasonably often. Dubias will pretty much breed on anything. The other two, I'm genuinely not sure.
  14. Yeah, I really hope I have at least 1 pair in here. I figure all I really need is a male and female that mature at the same time and breed, and then their offspring can breed with any not involved in the pair. I mean, people get six roaches as a small starter colony, and that's what we're doing here! It's too bad I can't sex them at this point. I wish I could put a little urinal in there and count how many of em use it. That's a reliable way to sex roaches, right? Miniature urinals? How big are the adults in this species? I figure when the nymphs get to near adult size, they should
  15. Ah, good news! I found a live one! Bad photo because he was lively, but definitely the same kind, and not one I had already. He went downstairs from where my suitcase is, the cats hassled him, and then he ran into the bathroom, so hopefully soap scum or whatnot doesn't get the better of him. This brings my total to 6 in the dedicated enclosure, and 1 in my tesselata enclosure if I can find that one. If I can just get an adult m/f pair to mature at the same time and breed, I should be set! Definitely gonna set up some traps around the house. I'm also gonna remember to ch
  16. Good news: I found another baby in the house. Bad news: it was dead behind the laundry bin (across the hall from the suitcases), probably killed by exposure to soap scum. It must have left the suitcase or skull at some point and gone in there. I'm inclined to try and set up some kind of trap, just on the slim chance that there are live ones loose somewhere. It is, however, entirely possible that roach has been there for awhile. I'm thinking of just a crumpled, lightly moistened paper towel and some sort of food, set under a slightly elevated plate, to see what turns up. That would probab
  17. I don't think the burrowing nymphs would uproot your plants. Not a decently rooted plant, at least. They'd just go between the roots. Alternately, you could enclose the roots in a fabric mesh to keep the nymphs out of the main root ball, so they could only bother the roots that grew through the mesh. From what I remember seeing of hisser nymphs, yes, they'd squeeze out through that gap. They're very flat and good at escaping.
  18. What do they live on in the wild? The vertical hiding spots makes me think they'd probably like to hide under loose bark on trees. Or, I guess, in the sinus cavities of animal skulls. The apple has dried out, and they've had a go at it. At this point, I seriously think they just didn't know what to do with the juicy stuff. They're from a very dry island- a mountain range on the adjacent island blocks storms, so the climate on the island they came from is scrubby. It almost looks like savannah from overhead. There definitely wasn't any fruit growing anywhere near where I found them. They
  19. Part of the issue is the gaps along the sides of the doors. Especially small roaches will definitely slip through those. Your kenyans might, for example. I don't think I'd use Therea. They only have about 1 female for every 8 males, so it's easy for all the females to get eaten. If you bred a ton of them elsewhere, that could work, but I don't think it's what you're looking for. Besides- you'd need a lot of nymphs underground at all times to have a population of visible adults, and I don't know that there's quite enough dirt to keep that many nymphs happy. How about banana roaches?
  20. Alright, I'll pick up a Zoomed cable, and I'll double-check the lid. They definitely haven't worn down the barrier yet! It's still nice and thick, and I made sure to get it in all the corners. Is the Roachcrossing guy just gone or something? I emailed him months ago and never heard back. Does anyone know if he's even alive? I'm not making any guarantees about sending anyone anything, since I can't guarantee these will breed (though they should), but I'll definitely make a thread on here when I have spares. I found where they're hiding! They all crammed themselves down into a l
  21. Can anyone suggest a heat cable brand? I have some other critters I could also use it for. I haven't actually been heating my tesselata- the person I got them from didn't heat them either, and she lives pretty close to here. They don't seem to mind too much. They breed, and they're growing. I'll see if they do anything faster with a little warmth, but it might stay warmer in their enclosure than I think. I could run a little bit of the cable past this enclosure, then use the rest for my tesselata and craniifer. They can't get out, I don't think, they've been trying a bit. They settled do
  22. If you can get them, both would be great. It's a nice mix of textures, both for them to hide in and for visual punctuation. If you can only get one, I'd say probably the oak leaves- roaches seem to find them a bit more palatable.
  23. I have 5 of them together. There was a 6th, but I put it in my peppered roach enclosure because it was the first one I found, and I thought it was the only one. I'll see if I can lure it out with apple tomorrow. I like apples, so my roaches get the de-seeded cores. Let's hope half a dozen is enough to get a decent colony going. They're only in a 2.5gal aquarium now- if they start breeding a lot, I guess I'll have to put them in a proper tub! I just took them out of their temporary enclosure, and they have a habit I'm not at all fond of. When you scare them, they go up to the top of the e
  24. Oh, hey! I looked up the Rhyparobia maderae, and I could only find a couple of pics of nymphs, but they look exactly the same as mine. That's really exciting! I have an enclosure in the works now. Do you know what kind of fruit they like, and if they'll take dried? All I know so far about their diet is that they will happily eat a pretzel crumb if you give them one, and that they can apparently live awhile without food. I picked these skulls up in Hawaii on the 5th. It's possible there was some amount of edible material in the skulls they were hiding in, but not only did they not starve
  25. I don't think petroleum jelly melts from lack of ventilation. The stuff in the container sure isn't ventilated, and it's not melted. If they're doing nothing for you, why do you keep investing time, money, and effort in them? Sell the colonies for more money than you spent to get them, and voila. A return on your time investment.
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