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  1. Another roach has come out, but it's a male. I think? It's pretty much identical to the existing one. They met, tapped their antennae against each other, and the slightly larger of the two made a quick bouncing motion while the smaller one hunched down into the leaves, then they went their separate ways. Not sure if that's what the exciting smell was.
  2. He hasn't gotten that excited since, but he'll occasionally stand on a high place with his antennae waving, I assume scenting for females. Now and then he'll speed up and walk around quickly for 30 seconds or so afterward. I still haven't seen a female, but that doesn't mean much with domino roaches. I did find a thriving colony of springtails in the wet part of the enclosure, and I learned that magnolia leaves buried slightly under the substrate will keep the substrate under them nice and damp for a long time. Is there anything I can do to lure domino roaches into one area to see them, maybe an especially tasty food under a piece of wood?
  3. I spritzed some water in to settle the scent out of the air, and he's calmed down now. There was water available already, so I don't think he was thirsty, I think there was a smell making him excited. Guess I'll just watch and see if a female pops up.
  4. I have an 18" cube vivarium housing some domino roaches. There's one adult male that I'm aware of, and a bunch of nymphs of mixed sizes, including a female nymph who was quite large when I saw her last. I've seen the male exploring fairly often, he comes out a lot in the evenings. This evening, though, he's acting really excited. He's moving fast and flickering his antennae a lot more than usual. I don't think it's distress, he's making no effort to escape, but something is clearly making him excited. How good is a male domino roach's sense of smell? Could it be the female nymph has morphed out somewhere and he can smell it?
  5. Armadillidium vulgare look to be the right ones, thanks! Good to know they won't be likely to get up to anything. If I see them starting to multiply a ton, I'll lure them with bait (carrots, probably) and pick some out, but if not I'll leave them alone. I assume domino roaches deal with some form of isopods in the wild anyway.
  6. Your plan sounds good to me. Be certain the roach can burrow, baby death's head roaches (that's the common name for these) burrow constantly and don't come out except to feed, but they come out and put on a show as adults. Also, put a thermometer in there, and monitor the temperature for a few days before putting the roach in. Be sure the substrate is safe for inverts- try whatever your isopods get. When he comes out as an adult, he'll need something to hang from to molt properly, so be sure there's something tall that he can sit on. Cork bark would work. No need for embarrassment, they do look a lot like baby dubias. He'll eat cat food and veggies, or whatever your isopods get. They aren't really fussy
  7. I Googled Porcellio scaber , and it's definitely not those. Mine are rounder and slow, and they're from Texas. I only ever find them in moist places, and the few I've seen have stayed in the wet areas. They won't run out of food because I'm keeping a layer of leaf litter in there, but I don't think they can go anywhere. Plus, the wet spot is across the tank from the heat pad, so it's kinda cold. If I see any oothecae that are in the wetter area, is it safe to move them to a dry area so the isopods can't reach them? Just lightly pick them up and set them down in another spot of similar temperature, maybe near the spot where I put all the non-leaf food in. They get cat food and occasional dried shrimp or worms from a can of fish food in addition to all the leaves, and sometimes a bit of carrot or a berry. I keep one corner of the tank wet so it spreads moisture out about 1/3 of the substrate, and the rest is varying stages of dry. There's a heat pad stuck to the non-wet side of the tank so they have a warm spot and it keeps the tank from getting too cold, and the roaches can choose where they want to be. I don't know where the nymphs hang out, I can't find them and haven't dug in to look, but the adult male doesn't seem to have any preference.
  8. My domino roach terrarium has some isopods in it. I didn't put them in on purpose, they migrated over as babies on a goat skull that I brought from another terrarium and apparently didn't clean off well enough. The goat skull is against the glass, and I can see a few isopods crawling around in a cavity under it, but I don't have any way to reach them and get them out short of digging up a third of the terrarium. They're just regular outdoor isopods, the little grey ones with speckles, I don't know the species. Could they potentially be an issue? They're in the wet corner of the terrarium, most of the rest is fairly dry. It's a few inches of coco fiber substrate topped with dried pecan leaves, and there's currently under 20 roaches in it. Could the isopods eat the oocathae, or will not being able to spread into the dry areas keep them from doing anything?
  9. Roaches don't strictly obey gravity, especially not sticky-footed ones like hissing roaches. It's pretty cool.
  10. First off, kudos for feeding your cat a proper diet. Second, if you already have insects being raised for feed, you can mix those in. Smush them and mix them into the food, your roaches should happily take them as protein. I'd also think of seeing if any of the neighbors have chickens, a bit of egg + eggshell now and then would be good.
  11. If the afflicted roaches are still alive, you may want to go ahead and kill them, otherwise they'll just starve to death. The freezer will work, or, if you aren't squeamish, a brick. Assuming the heat rock was the issue, the ones on their backs aren't going to recover, and I assume they're in distress. Hissing roaches do need warmth, but a heat lamp is usually more than enough in a closed enclosure. If not, you can get heat pads meant for reptile enclosures. You stick the pad on the side of the enclosure, and it gives a warm spot, plus raising the temp a few degrees. I have one for my domino roaches.
  12. Which type is best depends strongly on what roaches you're feeding, as well as the brand of the food itself. How much filler is in the food, what ratio of protein to carbohydrates it has, and how fast it molds can all make a difference.
  13. I'd imagine anything native to caves will happily eat anything that they can physically consume, especially dead bodies. If you get the chance, you should try giving them a medium-sized animal head, something like hand-sized, and see if they clean the skull off for you. They'll love the protein, and the small ones can probably get in and clean out the braincase for you.
  14. Yesterday I put a small, dried-up, dead lizard (kudos of a cat) into my domino roach enclosure to see if they wanted it. They don't seem to be too interested yet, but it got me curious. What other weird foods have people tried with their roaches? I've also given my dominoes dried krill, usually used in fish treats, and they aren't too interested but will eventually eat it. I assume people have tried giving their roaches table scraps, too.
  15. I want to try to make a 'burrow' system out of something hard, maybe clay, that I can put up against the glass of a domino roach enclosure. My hope is that I can provide small, dark spaces, accessible by burrowing, that the nymphs will come into where I can look at them. Maybe with a cloth covering over it most of the time. I'd have it solid on top and on parts of the sides, so that the roaches could come up from underneath or in from the open parts of the sides. Any ideas what I could use as materials? I need something that won't dissolve if water gets on it, can have coco fiber embedded into it to make it match the environment, and is easy to sculpt. Some sort of dense foam, covered in grout? Maybe a clay I can harden easily in an oven so it won't dissolve if the substrate around it gets a bit damp? Alternately, is there a wood that I could carve into the right shape? Maybe a piece of mopani that I can cut tunnels into and try to make it look like a rotting log? Is this even worth trying? Any clue if they'd go into it?
  16. The velvet is surprisingly effective. My adult has a fine dust of coco fiber all over his thorax, and the nymphs must be covered in the stuff. Our cats killed a small lizard and left it on the sidewalk until it was dried out, so I put it in the roach tank to see if they would eat it. So far, my adult has inspected it, but showed no interest. I might put it under something to see if the nymphs want any of it. Maybe they'll like the protein?
  17. I'd be inclined to suggest something like clover, something fast-growing, maybe two or three pots so you could swap the heavily nibbled ones out. Or try to find a pot the roaches won't climb.
  18. Isopods should work. Also, I don't know how large your frogs are, but look into flightless fruit flies. They're dumb and keep moving around frogs. Springtails and small burrowing roaches should work. If overpopulation becomes an issue, try turning over a patch of dirt into a saucer to expose roaches for eating.
  19. I found myself in a pet supply store and got a small heat pad for one side of the tank. I'm monitoring it to be sure nothing gets too hot, but it's a 6x8 heat pad, facing the air conditioner, on an 18x18 cube. I highly doubt it'll get too hot in there. My goal is just to provide an optional warm area for them, not heat the entire thing, or I would have gotten something stronger.
  20. That is the most scientific approach I have ever seen to figuring out the best time in which to watch bugs. And it's a very definitive graph!
  21. Shorter than if I were to work on it, though, because I'd never get anywhere with it. One thing that surprised me about these, aside from their boldness, is their texture. They look like they're velvety, and they are! It's not soft, but their backs feel like extremely short velvet. I'm not certain what the purpose of a rougher shell is- maybe it keeps them from being shiny, helps them look less like a roach? Or maybe it helps the scent of their surroundings cling to them, makes it harder for small predators to find them. EDIT: After setting up the enclosure and experimenting a bit (read: repeatedly placing my adult roach on different wall surfaces to see if he slipped), I've learned that domino roaches can't climb over petroleum jelly. Even if it's smeared on sandstone instead of glass. They also don't seem to like stepping on it- after one or two attempts at putting a foot on it, mine stopped trying.
  22. Yeah, her wings are a little wrinkled up near the top. Maybe she was crowded underneath something while she molted? Seems very healthy and much calmer than the male. I've traded her to @Redmont, as I'd certainly be interested in seeing if this is a genetic trait that can be bred for, but I don't have the time for it myself. I've gotten coconut fiber as a substrate, and I'll stir in plenty of leaves. They have some magnolia and pecan leaves for now, and they'll get even more pecan leaves very soon when the leaves start to fall. I'm going to get them at least an inch of leaf litter, hopefully more, plus some worked into the substrate. They get cat food sometimes, and I'll be sure to keep plenty available now that I have adults morphing out. The only times I've ever seen nymphs out and about are on carrots, so I provide those sometimes. No visible interest in greens, berries, green beans, or any veggie other than carrots, maybe they have a preference for root veggies. These are the least cockroach-esque cockroaches I've ever seen. They're round, they have long antennae and relatively short legs, and they have distinct, beautiful patterns. Plus, they're active during the daytime, don't seem to mind sunlight very much, and don't object much to being held. I'm in love with the adults, and I'm going to try to set up a display tank so I can watch them. Can't wait to have a large enough colony to have 10+ adults tootling around at all times, they're so active!
  23. Are heating rocks good for roaches? I have a colony of domino roaches that I'm moving to a larger terrarium, and I want to keep it warm. I keep my room in the mid-60s for my own comfort, and I know that's a bit too cold for these guys, so I want to ratchet it up to low-to-mid-70s in some parts of the tank.. If I put a heating rock in, like the ones sold for reptiles, would they take advantage of that warmer area? I assume they're smart enough to move away if they get too hot. Or should I go with the heating-pad-on-the-tank-wall approach? I can't put something underneath it because this is a Biocube aquarium, it has plastic structures underneath it. Besides, my goal is to make zones, so the roaches can choose what temperature they want to be at.
  24. The growths are lichens. They're harmless, but will dry up and die in the enclosure. A good scrubbing will remove them, but they most likely aren't an issue.
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