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  1. I think we should "go native" and try just tying live roaches into our hair with fishing line!
  2. I had similar difficulties. My young ones finally became adults around December and have been throwing egg cases left & right, but we couldn't get them to hatch for the life of us! I knew they needed higher humidity and being the dead of winter, our house was pretty dry. We started misting their enclosure every night and within a week, I started to see nymphs! It's definitely a humidity issue. We also added some thin foam to the bottom of the enclosure, to help hold moisture. But, I have since added a small amount of coco chunks and I think I can safely take out the foam. There are
  3. I've noticed that the Orangeheads have a noticeable "over-due cat litter box" aroma, but the Ivories' is somewhat more subtle...just kind of a "twang" for the nose. I haven't noticed anything out of the lobsters, though, that may be because I just don't have very many of them. I haven't noticed any smell out of the Turkistans either...but I also don't have many of those. I would love to get some porcelains going, just for the smell of them! (Might even put them in the house as a deodorizer for the other smells! Just give the box a shake every so often!) Still not sure I trust Zephyr's s
  4. LOL...True Dat! I've been wondering how to go about setting up the roaches closer to the dragon enclosures so they could pick up some of that ambient heat. Shelves would be the way to go! Thanks for the idea!
  5. Okay, so I don't know if it's just that I got a really GOOD start of Ivories or what (thanks, Zephyr!), but these guys are SO cool! It took me a little while to get around to putting their dried leaves in their box, but I did that last night and BOY, did they go CRAZY! The nymphs were ALL OVER the place, checking things out...nibbling on leaves...it was funny! When I was mixing the leaves in, I noticed that there were a LOT of little babies. Now, I'm pretty sure Zephyr didn't send me a bunch of babies, so...I can see why he says that they seem to be a better breeder than some of the specie
  6. I don't know if this would help, but for snake mites, we use an extremely diluted solution of Nix (one little 2 oz bottle to a full gallon of water) which kills the eggs, too, not just the mites. Maybe using this solution with a Q-tip on the affected areas? I would, of course, isolate any individuals you test this on from the rest of the group, just in case it has a bad effect on them. Try it out, leave it on for an hour or a day or whatever & then rinse them off (so that hopefully, they won't ingest it from each other.) ONLY use Nix, though, as the other lice shampoos are a lot harshe
  7. Nice! Be sure & let me know if you have any problems come breeding time...there are a few tips I could give!
  8. Who'd you end up going with? -Carey Kurtz-
  9. Those are SO cool! Very ornate for a little roach! Are you in the US & will you be offering any for sale any time in the future? -Carey Kurtz-
  10. LOL...sounds like my husband a couple of months ago...and you know how THAT turned out! Okay...we raise reptiles and the "preferred" professional method is a rack system, not unlike how you have your bins set up there. We use "Flexwatt" heat tape to provide a warm area for the snakes to thermoregulate. So...MY idea for these guys (roaches) would be to setup a flexwatt system...which you can either attach to the shelves underneath the bins, or to the wall behind them. You can also have them setup with different rheostats (dimmer switch control) for different species, enabling you to kee
  11. Fascinating! I was just reading on a website the other day that they will dig large burrows to hang out in during the heat of the day and that the burrows tend to have the "right" humidity for them...so, I presume the babies would do that, too! (Or perhaps hang out in the parental burrows more often?) -Carey Kurtz-
  12. Well, they DO like the Knox gelatin! However, it should come as no surprise to anyone that it doesn't last longer than a day...36 hrs max...before molding. (It is, after all, basically the same substance that is used to culture bacteria in labs!) There wasn't MUCH left, but my colonies are small still, so they couldn't eat/drink all that I gave them. So, I will try a few more experiments and keep folks posted. For this batch, I prepared it with the juice squeezed from one orange (the rest of the liquid was water.) I'm also thinking of using: Apple juice, cider vinegar (for mold inhibito
  13. OH! That reminds me! Our local "feed store" often has free dog/cat food sample packets...I should go check for some! Thanks for the reminder! -Carey Kurtz-
  14. I can tell you from my own research & raising rats (and other rodents) as feeders that the reason that MOST dog & cat foods are considered "bad" is because of the added red dye. This is something that builds up in their livers (and the livers of the predator they are fed to) and while it will not harm the feeder animal, it becomes fatal to reptiles when it builds up to a sufficient (toxic) quantity. Another thing to watch out for is copper in the ingredients...this is used in the dog/cat food as a preservative, but copper has been shown to be toxic to rodents (not sure about roaches,
  15. I'll be excited to see how things go for you! We are interested in breeding Sulcatas too, in the near future, so I have been doing some research for awhile now. I, too, was duped into believing that it was a dietary issue, so... I'm so glad I found this thread! I thought that these guys were a desert species & needed things hot & dry...so, I'm very happy to find out NOW that I was mistaken, versus finding out after I'd had some for awhile & they were failing. So, I have seen these things that look like a snake, but are actually PVC, bent up & drilled for misting (they are
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