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  1. I live right on the edge of the Everglades in Ft Lauderdale. Its a little hard to find cockroaches in The everglades this time of the year. I've had better luck finding cockroaches north of the everglades, In Cypress Creek National park, And in parks close to the beach all around south Florida.

    At this time of year ( Summer ) I wouldn't do any roach or reptile hunting in the Everglades, There are clouds of mosquitos, Humidity is 100% and temps are in the mid to high 90's. :blink:

    You'll have more luck finding roaches in any park close to the beach. ( Around Jupiter, Key Biscayne, Key largo, etc ). If you want local Green bananas or Skunk roaches just let me know I have plenty and can share :)

    Good luck on your trip and happy Birthday!

    If you have any questions while you are here just let me know

  2. Around 7 to 12 inches is right. We did find some a little deeper. Make sure the sand is clear and not mixed with dirt. The base of trees with clear sand will probably give you the best yields :). After talking with the local entomologist we learned that traps only seem to work for adult males ( flight intercept and light traps ), the best way to find nymphs and females is to dig and sift the sand, its a lot of work but it pays off.

  3. We tried several spots in the area we were looking for them, but only one place produced sand roaches. We did all our digging around 3 pm so I am not sure if they are easier to find them at night or during the day.

    We didn't realize how hard it was to find them until we started digging. There were several thousand acres of scrub habitat and the little buggers seem to only like loose sand under leaf litter at the bases of some species of trees. We found all of ours under the base of a small pine tree. They seem to like moist sand that is clear ( not mixed with soil ). Most were found at around 7 to 12 inches deep but we did find a few a little deeper. after 2 feet deep the sand gets too compacted and its hard to tell if they live that deep.

    We did find one adult male but no adult females were found. A local entomologist told us males are frequently trapped in light traps at night.

    A lot more work needs to be done with these guys. Another trip is on the planning and hopefully we'll get more of them.

  4. Thanks guys :) We found 15 of them. It took hours of digging to get them but it was all well worth it. We kept finding nymphs and just before we left we found one adult male, No adult females were found.

    Anybody else keeping these guys? Any husbandry advice will be appreciated. Right now I am keeping them in a small container with coco/sand mix ( about one inch of substrate ). They have a dish with water and another with roach chow/veggies. I am wondering if they'll know to look for food in the dishes. They are always buried in the sand so I don't know what they are up to :unsure:

  5. After half a day digging in the Sand and temperatures over 90F, me and other member of this forum were able to locate some beautiful A.floridensis ( Highlands locale ). Florida sand cockroaches have a very limited range and are very poorly studied. Most of the sand ridges that they call home are threatened by farmland or new developments. Hopefully we can get these guys breeding in culture. :)


  6. I don't live in Florida, but I requested to join the group anyway. I'm interested in at least learning about the species there and laws pertaining to them.

    You are most welcome to join :)

    We have been uploading pictures and descriptions to the roaches that occur here in Florida. ( Many that can also be found in the roach trade or other states )

  7. Wish I could get my hands on these species in the wild.laugh.gif

    If ever they are around here. sad.gif

    35) blaberus craniifer ( Death's head cockroach )

    36) blaberus discoidalis ( discoid cockroach )

    That's life. I wish I could get half the species you can around Philippines :rolleyes:

    oh and even though they occur here those two species are almost impossible to find. It'll probably take many days to find a location where they live and most of those locations are either on State parks or Garbage dumps that are closed to the public :blink:

  8. I have read before that P. septentrionalis is native to northern FL. can't remember where :huh:

    I personally collected what I belive to be a Ectobius Pallidus out in the cypress forest.

    there is also down in keywest Blaberus Gigantus living in the trash dumps. I haven't gone there yet.

    We'll go and get some of those species and send samples to Dr.G.B Edwards ( Co-Coordinator, Florida Arthropod and Arthropod Pathogen Introduction Committee ) and maybe it'll get added to a future revision of the Introduced species of Florida. They'll be able to determine wether they are indeed those species and make it official ;)

  9. Hey Steven,

    you can adding two further species:

    Ischnoptera bilunata Saussure

    Ischnoptera nox Hebard

    Citation: Atkinson, T.H., J.R. Mangold, and P.G. Koehler. 1992. Two neotropical cockroaches of the genus Ischnoptera (Dictyoptera: Blattellidae) established in Florida. Florida Entomol. 75(1): 109-115.

    best regards


    Hi Ingo. Thanks a lot for this citation. After further research the Iscnoptera nox found in Florida was later found to be a dark morph of ishnoptera rufa. This was published in 2002.

    Citation: Roth, L. M. (2002). The Cockroach Genus Ischnoptera Burmeister. Part II. Species from the United States (Blattellidae: Blattellinae). Transactions of the American Entomological Society (Philadelphia), 128(4), 345-360.

  10. Thanks guys for the additions :)

    Alex do you have any published literature where it lists ectobius pallidus and pseudomops septentrionalis as stablished in Florida? I looked for e.pallidus and it says in the USA it has been found only in Massachusetts and Michigan. And P. septentrionalis range as "Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and northern Mexico, plus a disjunct site in Alabama.

    If anybody else know of any more FL species please feel free to comment on this. It's amazing that there are at least 45 species in this State.

  11. Hi

    I just started a Facebook group called ' Florida Roach Club'. The roach hobby is almost non-existing in this state due to regulations, and mostly lack of knowledge from pet owners and pet suppliers.

    Anybody interested in any of the 38+ Species that occur in Fl feel free to Join. I'll be uploading pictures soon, Roaches for sale within the State, Etc.

    Here's a link to the group or you can look it up under ' Florida Roach Club'


  12. Here's a List of the 38+ Species of roaches found in FL ( Native or introduced ) in no particular order. ( This list comes from a journal published in June 1990, chances are that there are many new introduced species thriving in Florida ). we ARE the Roach State B)

    1) Blata Orientalis ( Oriental Cockroach )

    2) eurycotis floridana ( Palmettobug, florida woods roach )

    3) eurycotis lixa ( Hustler Cockroach )

    4) periplaneta americana ( American Cockroach )

    5) periplaneta australasiae ( Australian Cockroach )

    6) periplaneta brunnea ( Brown Cockroach )

    7) periplaneta fuliginosa ( Smokybrown Cockroach )

    8) arenivaga floridensis ( Florida Sand Cockroach )

    9) compsodes cucullatus ( hooded Cockroach )

    10) Compsodes schwarzi ( schwarz's hooded Cockroach )

    11) holocompsa nitudula ( Small hairy cockroach )

    12) myrmecoblatta wheeleri

    13) blattella asahinai ( Asian Cockroach )

    14) blattella germanica ( German Cockroach )

    15) cariblata lutea lutea ( small yellow cockroach )

    16) cariblatta lutea minima ( least yellow cockroach )

    17) chorisoneura parishi rehn

    18) chorisoneura texensis ( small texas cockroach )

    19) euthlastoblatta gemma ( shortwing gem cockroach )

    20) ishnoptera deropeltiformis ( dark wood cockroach )

    21) latiblattella rehni ( rehn's cockroach )

    22) neoblattella detersa

    23) parcoblatta bolliana ( boll's wood cockroach )

    24) parcoblatta divisa ( southern wood cockroach )

    25) parcoblatta fulvescens ( fulvous wood cockroach )

    26) parcoblatta lata ( broad wood cockroach )

    27) parcoblatta pensylvanica ( Pennsylvania wood cockroach ) *** believed to occur in Florida as it has been collected near Thomasville, Georgia.

    28) Parcoblatta uhleriana ( Uhler's wood cockroach )

    29) Parcoblatta virginica ( Virginia wood cockroach )

    30) plectoptera picta ( pictured beetle cockroach )

    31) plectoptera poeyi ( florida beetle cockroach )

    32) supella longipalpa ( brownbanded cockroach )

    33) symploce morsei

    34) symploce pallens ( smooth cockroach )

    35) blaberus craniifer ( Death's head cockroach )

    36) blaberus discoidalis ( discoid cockroach )

    37) epilampra maya ( Maya Cockroach )

    38) hemiblabera tenebricosa ( broad keys cockroach )

    39) panchlora nivea ( Cuban cockroach , 'Green-banana cockroach ')

    40) Phoetalia pallida ( pallid cockroach )

    41) pycnoscelis surinamensis ( Surinam cockroach )

    42) Ischnoptera bilunata

    43) ishnoptera rufa

  13. Hi! Also here in Florida. I just started a group on Facebook called 'Florida Roach Club' feel free to join :). We hope to post info on native species, breeders, etc I'll have Discoids and a few other species up for sale soon.


    Steven G.

  14. Hi to you all!

    Steven G. here from South Florida. I've been keeping roaches for a number of years, but just recently decided to expand my colonies and include other 'Florida legal species' to my collection. I hope to make it easier for other keepers to find a way to legally obtain pet and feeder roaches in this State.

    Hope to make many friends here and meet more Florida keepers :)

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