Jump to content


  • Posts

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by mantisfan101

  1. Got it, do these guys burrow at all? Most pics of them seem like they prefer to hide on vertical cork bark slabs. Also, what’s their growth rate and diet like?
  2. What’s care like for them? I’m seeing mixed responses regarding temps and humidity, although I think room temps, dry sub but high humidity is best for them
  3. I thought it was because they look like the giant deepsea isopods
  4. Are these still available? I have hissers, red runners, lobsters, orange heads, and maybe giant caves.
  5. So I have some mantids now and I plan on breeding them, and fruit flies are sort of a hassle to deal with. I want a species of roach that has relatively small nymphs(around the size of hydei fruit flies) but also reproduce quickly. Climbing/burrowing isn’t really of importance since I prefer to hand feed and ensure that my pets actually consume the prey items I give them. I already have red runners but incubating ooths is already too much of a hassle. I was thinking of either the little kenyans or a pycnoscelus sp. As of right now the pycnoscelus appeals to me the most since they reproduce fast and will eat almost anything I give them, but I’m not sure how small the hatchlings and smaller nymphs are. The little kenyans seem more viable due to their small size but from what I’ve heard it takes a while for them to get established and when they do, growth isn’t really exponential. Plus they take a while to mature for such a small species. Which one seems like a better choice? Are there any other species I’m missing?
  6. I personally prefer the larger porcellio compared to the newer cubaris sp...awesome picture!
  7. It can take a couple months, definitely longer at 65-69 degrees. I have mine in a deli cup in a larger container with wet paper towels underneath a heat lamp that stays at a constant 80-90 F. Most ooths take about 2 months to hatch. If the ooth has any notable dents or wrinkles on it, then it likely dried up.
  8. That’s a lot of feeder roaches right there...with that said, I’d definitely go for megablatta longipennis
  9. There were like 20 left and yeah, I think cramming almost 300 roaches into a 32 oz deli cup was probably the main problem. I acquired another colony and I mixed the two together to avoid inbreeding and they seem to be doing ok, laid a bunch of ooths but none of them hatched yet. On average, how long does it take for the egg cases to hatch? They were all laid around Mid-November and still have yet to hatch.
  10. Bump, someone please help, I’m down to 50 right now, they just keep falling over and can’t seem to get back up. I don’t see any twitching or signs of pesticides at all
  11. I ordered 280+ res runners off of ebay and when I got them Infound them all crammed into a 32 oz deli cup. I put them im their steuo and I noticed that some of them had died. I was told that the heat lamp that I kept them under probably was frying them, so I removed them from the heat lamp. In the next couple hours I found another 20+ dead. I moved them into another enclosure. Another 20-30+ dead. I raised the humidity but still, more dead. They would always be on their backs and try to right themselves but they never could get back up, and they always acted really sluggsih when I righted them. Even worse, when I did flip them over they would sometiems stick out their hind legs to the sides like an airplane and just slowly drag themselves around with their antennae idragging along too. What is going on? I went from around 300 to about 80 in less than 2 days and I’ really hpset and concerned; is it possible that it was pesticides? I fed some to all my pets and I really don’t want anything bad to gappen to them. I currently have them in a tupperware bin with moist peat/coco fiber to keep humidity high.
  12. Like the size of a watermelon seed, maybe a bit bigger.
  13. Larger predatory fish like pacus, catfish, cichlids, etc would work, along with larger monitors/tegus, beardies, and if you want maybe larger tarantulas(nhandu, theraphosa, pamphobeteus, phormictopus, etc) or larger mantids. You'd need a lot of mantids to cull the population though.
  14. Other way around, I started keeping orange heads as pets but once they began exploding in numbers I started feeding them off.They also made a good waste system for any mismolted inverts since they are way more carinvorous than any other roach I've kept.
  15. Invertebrates don't really have the capacity to bond with you. You can keep handling certain individuals so that they stop perceiving you as athreat, but others will continue to try and defend themselves no matter what. They won't really recognize you as the owner.
  16. Are all US-native and naturalized species not regulated by the USDA?
  17. In addition to the species that were deregulated, I found a whole myriad of roach species native to my state that I'd like to keep. They are- Ischnoptera deropeltiformis Supella longipalpa Ectobius pallidus Cryptocercuc punctulatus Parcoblatta uthleriana Parcoblatta divisa Does anyone know how to find any of these species? I know how to find the parcoblatta sp, but does anyone know how to find the rest?
  18. Banana roaches seem appealing, and since they can fly it would be more appealing to certain mantid species. I decided to go for red runners since I've always kept live-bearers and I wsnted to try out a species that laid ooths. As for the compsodes schwarzi, where could you get a colony of these? Are these prolific enough to be used as a feeder? And most importantly, would it be legal to transport them?
  19. Man, the nymphs really do look like termites...
  20. NIce, I was just going to ask why red runners weren't deregulated! Also, how big are hatchling red runners? Are they like 3-4 mm long?
  21. Ah, didn't see that. Also, do you know which of the roaches that were deregulated would be able to provide the smallest nymphs? I'm kind of tired of using fruit flies and I want something small enough to be able to feed my wolf spider slings and baby L1 mantids(Texas Unicorn).
  22. How are these guys as feeders? I was thinking of feeding them to smaller mantis nymphs and maybe even feed off any hatchlings to some L1 instar mantids. Are these easy to care for? Do they reproduce quickly? Any care tips are appreciated!
  23. After a certain number of roaches were deregulated, I decided to start a feeder roach colony and these caught my attention. I can't keep red runners since they're still not legal and look too much like normal pet roaches(we're from the city and I'm used to seeing massive American roaches scurrying in my garage) and dubias grow too slowly and are too big so I decided to settle on lobster roaches. What's care like for these guys? I'm considering setting up a small tupperware bin and fill it with some egg crates and feed them apples, oranges, fish food, dog food, and lettuce. I have a heat mat I can use to provide extra heat. I've heard that they breed like crazy but I haven't really had any luck with breeding any species, not even hissers. Any tips on care are well appreciated!
  24. The top looks like B. Craniifer while the bottom looks like archimandrita.
  • Create New...