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  1. That is her ootheca. Totally normal.
  2. Mine have a bigger die off, especially adults, if I let the container get too warm and dry. I keep them at room temp so they don't dry out as fast. If it gets too dry, sometimes the colony will attack molting roaches. I purposefully keep my colonies small by infrequent feeding, as I don't have anything to feed them to.
  3. I keep mine in my laundry room without a problem. Because of the heat, they just need moisture more often. I mist them and give them fruit and veggies for moisture.
  4. I like that we can like posts and don't need no stinkin' button to lay on the like.
  5. Be careful with those. If they are P. surinamensis, they will require a bit more than being tossed into a roach bin. They are escape artists and culture jumpers. If you don't have them in a lockdown type container, (sealed container, very fine metal mesh or small pinholes for ventilation, no gaps at all) You may just find some in many of your other roaches' bins.
  6. Don't forget to upload photos of the roaches on the sequins! I have got to see it.
  7. Orin, I clicked the like button for your post.
  8. This would be the best way. I don't see how restraing a female for mating will do any good if the stress and handling harms her. Not to mention that the female mounts the male in many species.
  9. No it didn't. That is why I just came out and told you. lol I try to like alot of posts. Perhaps, I will just alert the poster?
  10. I clicked the like button on your story. Just so you know.
  11. I also use pond sticks. They are a great food for all of my omnivourous arthropoda.
  12. I give mine royal jelly in honey and they love it. It is a sweet treat for them. I have used it to help injured or sick roaches get back on their feet. I think it actually works to help them heal and keep their energy level up. I have 3 roaches that would have probably died from their facial injuries if I didn't feed them that, they were chewed on by other roaches during their molting..
  13. All birds do it, ALOT! LOL. It is one of the pain in the butt things about keeping birds, besides the noise that large hookbills make. Birds can carry plenty of parasites. Make sure that you get the feces from a healthy source and not birds that are kept outdoors often.
  14. All I know is that you are not alone. I too, have been wanting to like some posts, with the same results. It works fine on mantidforum which I thought was related to this one.
  15. I use sand paper or a serrated knife to rough up the plastic where I glue the screen. I use HOT glue only for roach containers. The low temp glue sticks won't do because any amount of heat will compromise the integrity of the container. I only use metal screen because I am wary of roaches being able to chew through fiberglass screen. I also always check to make sure that the glued screen is firmly in place(every time I open the container) because with time, wear and tear, and temperature changes, even hot glue can lose its grip. I will push and pull on the screen and if I can break it off, it needs to be repaired. I would rather break it than have it unchecked and the roaches discover an opening.
  16. I just use doubled over aluminum window screen glued to holes that are drilled out of the lid of a sealed container like one can get for pet food storage, and have never had an escape. Right now, I have a small colony in a screw lid pretzel container with aluminum screen glued to a doorknob hole drilled in the lid. That container seems to hold more humidity than I would prefer so I will be going back to a pet food container soon, as it has more lid space to drill holes into, and doesn't keep the roaches too humid. Plenty of vaseline can keep many of the roaches off the ceiling of the container where they may hang out and possibly flee when it is opened. The first instar nymphs can walk over it but would rather not. They usually come to the vaseline and turn around to go away from it. The first instar nymphs are kind of wide and probably wouldn't be able to get through normal window screen, they are just over half the size of Blaberus discoidalis nymphs.
  17. Eurycotis floridana are one of my favorites. A curious and interesting roach. They like to chase eachother around the container and end up getting me to go watch them after hearing all the commotion.
  18. They spit up fluid when they are stressed or frightened. But they do wet their food with it too. It happens often when I handle roaches. I have also seen them spit up when I have moved the container that they are in. Sometimes certain species will defecate if they are being restrained. I think it is the same as when other creatures release bodily fluids as a defense or out of fear. Like when a frog or toad urinates when they are picked up.
  19. To sex them, you will have to look at the last segment ventrally. If you put the roaches in a glass or clear plastic dish, you might not have to grab and restrain them. Blaberus craniifer don't like even being looked at, much less restrained. Mine usually will hide as soon as I enter the room or even before then if they sense me coming. The last segment of the female will be wide and large. The male's last segment is small. Hard to explain, but I will try to find a link to some photos. http://www.roachforu...=1070&hl=sexing Second post has a photo of what I was trying to explain.
  20. Just hungry. My Eurycotis floridana did it sometimes. Try feeding them more with a couple of different and new foods thrown in. Fish food is appreciated by all of my omnivores.
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