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  1. I have been reading about how much roaches enjoy dry oak leaf litter. I have a few questions about this:

    (1) Will just rinsing in water remove any possible pesticide residue?

    (2) Are there any on-line sources for pesticide-free dead oak leaves?

    I know it sounds funny to want to buy dead oak leaves, but in my area I don't think oak trees are easy to find.

    I do have some relatives in Missouri I could contact probably, but I want to make sure I'd be able to remove

    any pesticides.

  2. Thanks to Rhys Brigida for his presentation on casting in resin at the ATS conference! I was inspired to try my hand at it when this male hisser died the other day. For a first attempt I'm pretty pleased For the mold I used one of those little glass bowls ($1 for a 4-pak at Dollar Tree). (It's just sitting on the styrofoam to show the roach better - not permantently attached)

  3. Follow-up: I gently sliced him down the sides of the abdomen and he was definitely not ready to molt - no new exoskeleton inside. I scooped out his innards (gross, gag...) and now I'm going to attempt to preserve him in casting resin and make a paperweight type of thing. It will be my first attempt at this after learning about it at the ATS conference last month.

  4. I have a male Hisser (2+ inches) that has remained in the same position for 2 days. Sometimes I would see a slight twitch of a leg, but that's it. I placed his mouth on some water droplets, thinking maybe that would help, but nothing... So this morning I put him in the freezer.

    Now I am second guessing myself. Do you think he could have been in pre-molt? Do Hissers even have a pre-molt stage like tarantulas do? I am new to Hissers but have 11 tarantulas so I can recognize pre-molt behavior in Ts. What if I killed a perfectly good Hisser? After work today I might do a "necropsy" and see if I can tell one way or the other.

    Does anyone know if Hissers stay motionless for a few days prior to molting?



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