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emmett last won the day on February 6 2020

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  1. still not even sure if its true, it just keeps popping up on people i knows facebook as one of those life hack things and everyone asks me if its true....i dont know!
  2. my two larvae just came in from bugsincyberspace! i also ordered a gromphadorhina oblongonota nymph that is stunning as well, but im definitely excited to get into the beetle side of things. i have to try and get some nicer pictures of them sometime soon. thank you to everyone who has shared their information and care, you all continue to give me confidence to care for the creaturea i love! and of course thanks peter for all the amazing work you do/services you provide!
  3. just found out about these beauties, picking some up soon! thanks to everyone who answered twilightroach's questions!
  4. its more of an issue with mobility but sometimes skin on exoskeleton contact can be overwhelming. this is actually a great suggestion, im just an idiot who didnt think about this lmaooo. its always a treat hearing your advice
  5. @Hisserdude the adult female psuedoglomeris magnifica always takes my breath away! definitely going to pick up that one, perfect room decor! you definitely found a gem! and happy early birthday if i dont make it online! 🎉🎂
  6. obviously, this is a joke...hopefully im not the only dork who thinks its funny lol. reminded me of catdog, instead its....roachroach?
  7. wowza 😍😍😍 thanks @Hisserdude, helpful as always
  8. cool response @BlattaAnglicana, ill try to remember to come back and give you a 💙! i eventually want to branch out into other inverts, but my dreams of mantids intimidates me right now! id want a tarantula or two but i dont think im ready for them either lol. closest things ive done to roach keeping are collecting local wooly bear caterpillars as a kid and raising them then releasing, same for ordered caterpillars into monarchs, and my mother is a second grade teacher who had mealworms as something to follow throughout the school year awhile back. my dear darkling beetles...ah the good old days! my dubia colony was so much fun, one day when i have the means id love to have all different bins of other roaches! the adult female dubia who was already gravid and some subadults with one teeny tiny nymph was given to me by someone who just knew "hey he likes roaches!" and once she had the first round of nymphs i was in love with them all but was selling them off/giving them away as feeders. it really made me sad the first time i did it but after my friend's sibling's very unhealthy bearded dragon started looking a whole lot better i stopped feeling bad about feeding them off. they had a good purpose. and like you said, you cant name every single one out of a billion! i gave the colony a nicknamed as a whole tho! called them the dubes and it made me laugh everytime i said it! id probably do that with my colonies anyway because im a dork like that! i never expected to do a colony and swore it was just so she could have her nymphs without them getting all up in everything else but once it happened...i caught roach fever and started making a list of "ooh~ i want that one for a colony, that one for a colony, i NEED literally five billion of that one..." the little nymph that was gifted to me, i had separated just incase he was male and i was wrong about the adult female being gravid with all of the sub adults molting into females....i was right lol! i watched him fall off his little egg carton after his last molt and after his wings bent/curled under him. i named him pluto bc he used to be the littlest and funny enough he grew up to be different than all the others. when i finally moved him in with the colony and newly adult females (all girls of the gifted ones besides him) i was worried he might not be able to mate bc his wings wings were so weird....obviously not long after all the adult females were gravid and he was just chillin! yeah he was the only male (until i got a small 'mixed bag'to add in lol) and it always made it feel like seeing an old friend in passing when hed just walk all over. everyone was thriving and to me he was the king of the castle. one tiny nymph, a few sub adults, and a pregnant lady turned into such a massive deal that i couldnt keep selling/giving them away fast enough! i wasnt originally supposed to start any colonies...only two hissers...yeah as you know theres just something addicting about these little guys! i had a clear tub and would just lay under the wire rack and stare up at them for awhile. i sold the colony to someone local and while i missed my dubes...i know they were out there doing good. the most amazing thing about the hobby is you get to see these animals entire life cycles and you are the center of it! i love hearing everyones stories on here!
  9. ill have to look into it! maybe then ill have some excuse to grow my collection if i can say its for a reason lol even if itd just be a couple people, it would be fun!
  10. the internets funny like that, i feel like an archeologist sometimes when i discover something thats been buried in time. nine years sometimes feels like its a billion in internet time
  11. say whaaaaaaaaaaa :^0 i need to figure out how to find one of those around me...might have to start one. "Got Roaches" is cute! a friend of mine got the phrase "want to see my cockroaches? no? fair enough....what about my cock?" printed on a few stickers for me as a gift once lmao ill have to see if i can find the rest of them somewhere for a picture
  12. i love the folks at joshsfrogs, ive bought a lot of different supplies and plants from there (even some roaches) and they are pretty nice. i suck at substrate, ik its not complicated to make a nice mix yourself, but its just hard for me me to tell whats good or not. especially whats too moist and too dry for my roaches? if its not completely soaked or completely dry i couldnt tell you lol (im an idiot, sue me.) i saw this substrate when i was about to order some leaf litter and it sounds pretty good in my uneducated opinion. it says its good for bioactive, which i dont have, but if its be a good fit for for a regular enclosure i might buy it. is/could this would be good for archimandrita tesselata ? ugh. https://www.joshsfrogs.com/josh-s-frogs-biobedding-tropical-bioactive-substrate-4-quarts.html the websites description incase link no longer works: Josh's Frogs BioBedding Tropical Bioactive Substrate is the perfect substrate for your tropical bioactive enclosure. Biobedding Tropical is a unique blend of organic and inorganic ingredients, trace elements, and beneficial fungi that serves to jump start the bioactive environment. Biobedding Tropical helps maintain humidity while providing a substrate your pets can dig and lay eggs in, all while helping to maintain healthy populations of microfauna. Biobedding Tropical is ideal for crested geckos, water dragons, anoles, tropical snakes and lizards, and many other reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. How BioBedding benefits you and your pets: less frequent substrate changes - spend less time maintaining your pet's tank, and more time enjoying your pet! This also means less stressful tank cleanouts for your pet! more naturalistic approach to pet keeping - that much closer to replicating your pet's native habitat tank stays cleaner due to bioactive cycle much more attractive appearance than traditional substrates i want to try it if it will be a good fit, i wish there were more places like kyles website that could give more info. sometimes its overwhelming trying to go through so many posts for answers. i think i would probably mix it in w regular coco husk chips or eco earth? thank you everyone, if you have better ideas please let me know!
  13. (anyone who had difficulty handling at first, medical conditions or not, please feel free to reply with what worked for you!) i am not really one for holding my pet roaches, i prefer just to watch them going about in their own little world, but i really miss the occasional novelty picture. i handled my first few hissers a few times but the pain in my hands made it difficult for awhile and i kind of just gave up. it makes me wish i wouldve tried more to fight through the pain lol. my dubias didnt hurt as much but it still was a really uncomfortable sensation. i also got kind of nervous that i would dropped them by accident because my fingers get stiff, plus i cant really bend down quickly, move furniture, etc to find them before the family cats do. if i saw one of the cats eating my roach i think id have a heart attack. does anyone with chronic pain or joint stiffness as symptoms have any tips to get used to handling them? or maybe and tips to further prevent accidentally losing them? i want to buy an archimandrita tesselata or two since they are so beautiful and really big, but i reaaaalllyyyy want to hold it/them! when i held my dubias, it was always one at a time and in a plugged up bathtub so they wouldnt escape immediately. i know a.tessellata can if anyone who used to be scared of them has any tricks that made it easier to tolerate (i know when people i know have tried to hold them the sensation is weird and it freaks them out at first), maybe i could alter your skills to fit my situation? im really happy to be back active in the community, it always makes me feel like i can get good information in a short period of time rather than trying to search through google a bunch for nothing. im probably going to be asking a lot of noob questions about archimandrita tesselata and their care if i get some. lmao i cringe at some of the stupid stuff and misunderstandings of what was happening back then, but like some people im here to be a better roach parent! i think relearning how to handle them despite my pain would be very rewarding for me, i wish it was as simple as "just pick them up" :^(
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