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  1. Thats pretty cool. I can't imagine what they are like outside.

    I give my bugs grass clippings sometimes, or just go pull up stuff by hand. They really seem to like it.

    They sunbathe for a few minutes, I think helps with digestion, then they run off to hide in the grass or somewhere dark and then I bring them back inside. I know they've eaten dead oak leaves and live rose leaves safely, it surprised me they decided to eat only certain plants they walked over, they are alive and well so no ill effects from their surprise snack.

  2. God, how much I'd spend to get a dead specimen like that in my pinned collection... NICE find! I hope he/she/it lives a full life. Then we can talk about deadstock ;) I wonder if that specimen is able to reproduce.

    The male side is slightly messed up, and female side is quite narrow. It doesn't try to mate with females and males don't try to mate with it. It kinda just coexists peacefully with them all.

  3. Thats awesome! The giant males I had from those batches of babies are starting to die off, its sad. They were so huge and now I've got so many that I can't fatten up a batch of babies like that! But all the females are all doing good. I wonder how long this boygirl will live.

    I'm not sure but it's super healthy and chewed through my cork bark decor to make a nice hideout in the cage ?

  4. OK, I might go ahead and dump in the rest of my repti-bark tonight after cleaning it and move the colony, see it it helps. I'll try to make an update on here with progress and see if there are any changes. So far at least, no more roaches have died or had this issue luckily.

    They have cat kibble all week but once/twice a week they get a mix of spring greens, squash, yams, orange, apple, banana, carrot, and some brocoli once in a while. Not all at once, but a mix of a few of those that varies. I'll try the other things as well!

    The one that I am holding, I am not sure if it was or not? I check them twice daily, and there were no damaged ones but then later, one was damaged and I can't tell if it was a bad molt or mauling or what since they tend to molt in little "groups" and in their humidity box. I take them and put them in a plastic container on paper towels with some hides, water, and food but they died by the next day. I wouldn't mind having a strange hisser on the side with special care if needs be but this one, and the other that had died, don't make it at all. This guy is just a Madagascar Hissing cockroach, Gromphadorhina portentosa.

    I looked closer and it appears to have brown goop and I think that's a sign it was attacked and eaten alive. If you find one not attacked but really weird looking (like that really short abdomen) let me know, share a photo depending on its health I might consider buying one from you. ?

  5. I have had my madagascar hissing cockroaches for a pretty long while, I'd say... half a year, maybe more? I lost track of time. I started with 10 and now have an impressive colony, but so far twice I have gotten mutated juveniles who end up like this one?

    They are in a plastic bin with ventilation, and a water dish, but I do not spritz it because of the gnats that arrive when I do. They are housed on aspen, which I clean once every month or two, shaking debris to the bottom and picking out the molts. They have a humidity box (plastic container with coco fiber bedding that's moist, with egg-crate on top. They LOVE hanging out in it!

    They live for a day or two after I find them, then are deceased. This is the second one (bigger than the first, older) and I wondered, is this normal? Is it inbreeding, should I split my colony and get new ones from someone else? Is it humidity? Or is it just natural selection or such? I'd like to right it if it is an issue. (Although, admittedly, these make interesting specimens. And perhaps, by posting/sharing, good lessons?)

    Humidity and poor nutrition sounds like half of it. You need to mist with water, and instead of aspen which might be harmful try lining with paper towels or coco fiber or repti bark wood chips.

    They need apples, bananas, romaine lettuce, oranges, moist white bread and cat kibble, mango, watermelon, and oak leaves to eat.

    Was that one your holding attacked? Do you have any alive that deformed? I've raised some pretty damaged hissers and all survived and healed I find it fun helping them! What species is this?

  6. I've had hissers born that way, they were last out. Once they hardened I seperated them into a tiny cage with food easy to access, and fed them small amount of baby food on a toothpick daily (pure chicken and banana flavor). Out of 3 two died even though they gained weight, one shed and looked normal after and had no further issues. So yes sometimes there is hope.

    I've also had Dubia nymphs like that they all shed and corrected themselves.

  7. The captive bred hornworms raised on artificial diet take unusually long to shed their skin. I've seen a few 3 days not move and shed on the 4th day. You can tell they are ready to shed as the old head becomes clear and you can see the new black mandibles through it, also by the rear the skin fold will turn white indicating the old skin has seperated and it's time to shed! I wanted to say this because many people think they are dying when it just takes a long time to shed!

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