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  1. CONGRATULATIONS!!! So glad to hear you are having success
  2. The first thing that pops into your head - whether it be from a species or individual. Mine is the Simandoas I am keeping quite literally hiding food. And I don't mean just moving it away from where I put it. I mean full on hiding large bits of chow under moss, leaves, cricket gel dishes - so it takes FOREVER to find. Never experienced this with any other Blattids I've worked with (and that's 14 species). Curious if others have... How about everyone else? Any unexpected behaviors that belong in the books?
  3. Given how much Hissers climb I would not recommend a sliding lid at all. (Honestly I wouldn't recommend such lids for most roaches, I recently rehoused out of such a tank in fear of crushing nymphs). I have kept hissers without bug barrier or anything like that, and have done so either in a glass tank with a fit lid like this (with a sheet of mesh underneath the lid) or in a large foam sealed breeder bin. For the latter I will cut out the center of the lid and hot glue mesh to form a covering (ideally two layers). Depending on the bin, an additional sheet of mesh can also be placed between the lid and main enclosure. Provided you check the mesh, foam seal, and hot glue layer regularly, you shouldn't see any escapes. Hope this helps! PS: @NonbinaryBugFiendLOVE the username😃
  4. Definitely second getting For The Love of Cockroaches. Would also check out some of the species specific threads on this forum - theres a lot of information on each one you listed, and far too much too write up here.
  5. Congrats on getting this beautiful species! Though Orin and Peter are the definitive experts on them in the hobby, I've been keeping them for about 7 months now, with a fair amount of success. The starting culture I work with is quite large due to its long term purpose, but I know of people who have successfully been able to culture large amounts out of groups as small as six. You'll get anywhere from 15-30 babies out of one successful pairing, though god knows it takes a while. In most cases adulthood takes about 8 months to reach, and gestation ranges 3-5. I have been told however, that these periods can be shortened if greater heat is provided, though I have not tried this myself. I keep my two groups in highly ventilated bins on a few inches of coconut husk topped by leaf litter, with slightly moist sphagnum in one corner to increase humidity. I provide both cork bark and egg cartons which serve (along with a high protein diet) to decrease antennae and wing biting. I will lightly mist the substrate once daily, and provide varied produce and protein sources, along with a consistent container of calcium fortified cricket gel. This setup has allowed me to see significant growth in my group of nymphs, and I have observed continued breeding in the large mixed colony I was able to purchase last month. Hopefully I will be seeing more babies soon! Oh, and I'm sure you've already figured this out, but your enclosure need to be crazy secure. Crazy secure. I hope this is a helpful report of my experience with this species, I want to end it by thanking the people from whom much of this care information came. A huge thank you to @Peter Clausen@Allpet Roaches@pannaking22@Hisserdude and the many, many others both on and off this forum who have contributed towards my work with this species. I wouldn't be able to work with these incredible roaches if these folks hadn't. Thank you all!
  6. My pleasure! It's probably my favorite roach species (though I also love Blaberus giganteus) so always happy to talk about it🙂
  7. Apologies if this in any way seemed disrespectful, that was not my intent at all. Was this improper as a newbie to the forum? I assure you I had no intent to offend, I just see it keep coming up and wanted to help clarify.
  8. This seems to continually come up on multiple forums, so let's hope this explanation is clarifying. The reason why many people claim that Simandoas are not extinct in the wild is because their status as such has not yet been recognized by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. The only reason for this is that the IUCN requires a minimum 50 year period between a species last sighting in the wild, and its declaration as extinct in the wild. This DOES NOT however, mean that this species does not deserve this status. Heck, the IUCN still hasn't officially recognized Northern White Rhinos as extinct in the wild and there are only two left on the planet. Piotr Naskrecki, one of the discoverers of the species, confirmed that the cave system of their discovery was destroyed by bauxite mining. The cave system was destroyed along with 650 addition km of the Simandou mountain range, which continues to be mined to this day (by western companies may I note). With only two protected areas in the mountain range, totaling less than 350km^2 and Simandoas seen in neither of these, the species is functionally extinct in the wild. This is why Naskrecki, Conservation International, National Geographic, numerous other media outlets, and the four institutions that possess them in the US (along with the hobby) refer to this species as extinct in the wild. Could there still be small isolated pockets we don't know about? Sure. Those pockets could exist for pretty much any species. But functionally, this species is extinct in the wild which is why is it critical that it continue to be responsibly cultured in the hobby, and equally importantly, in zoological institutions. Hope this is helpful...
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