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Everything posted by Hisserdude

  1. Bug burger is probably a bit more nutritional than just oats, but either could work for hissers. Jelly cups are not a complete diet for roaches, but can be offered instead of fruits from time to time, (actually fruits would probably be best though).
  2. Nope, just frass, so they should be fine.
  3. No problem, hope cooling them down a bit helps with the mortality! I think dry forests in Spain, but don't quote me on that... Probably not cave dwellers.
  4. Looks like a fresh frass pellet TBH... 😂
  5. It's summer now, have your temps in that room been on the rise? My Spanish Porcellio always did the worst in summer, when I moved them to cooler rooms they seemed to do much better. Larger individuals are often more affected by warmer temps than juveniles.
  6. Yeah, best to just label them Gromphadorhina sp. "Hybrid" if you end up selling them for sure. And yeah most generic, cheap hissers nowadays are indeed hybrids, so that makes sense. They probably do enjoy the company, hissers seem to be naturally gregarious. LOL they are definitely fun to handle, something I unfortunately can't really do with mine though, due to me developing an allergy to them...
  7. Thanks, glad you liked it! And yes those are definitely "portentosa" hybrids for sure, given that highly variable coloration you see, typical of those hybrids.
  8. Wild ones typically lay once a year around that time, yes, but freshly matured CB individuals start laying as soon as they're able to, regardless of the time of year they're reared up.
  9. Hmm, well maybe it's different at shows then, most vendors I've seen online sell both hybrids and pure bred portentosa for very similar prices... With hybrids being more often sold in bulk online, since most people I know use them more for feeders, and pure stocks usually being sold exclusively for "pet" prices, (then again, I have seen lots of hybrids sold for those higher "pet" prices too).
  10. Received 5 mixed nymphs from a friend whose colony I'm about 99% sure is pure, so fingers crossed I'm right about that, only time will tell! Still got a lot of growing to do, looking forward to seeing the adults!
  11. Thanks @Cariblatta lutea for sending me two pairs of this species, have them set up in a bigger bin than last time, so maybe they'll come out normal sized this go around! 😂 Fingers crossed I can breed these beauties!
  12. Usually for me it's the initial touch, whether you try to grab them or accidentally brush against them, that makes them hiss the most.
  13. Thanks, I worked pretty hard on perfecting it over the past few weeks, and will continue to keep it updated as new hissers enter the hobby, (and maybe replace some of the pics with my own one day). Thanks! Indeed, a revision of the Gromphadorhini is long overdue, and I suspect will bring in some surprises. 😄 Would love for some new species to enter the hobby along the way too... 😅
  14. It can be quite hard to tell pure portentosa from hybrid stock, however if they originated from the Cleveland Aquarium then they're almost certainly pure, best way to tell with portentosa is lineage tracing and of course color consistency. Most people who actually sell pure G.portentosa sell them at normal, cheap prices, they breed just as well as mutts after all and are the "standard" hissers. Price raises are generally reserved for pure stock of the other species, which are all unique in their own ways, have consistent, unique patterning that is SO much different and more appealing
  15. I usually get some paper towels, run them under water, and then wring out all the water I can, so that the paper is damp but not wet. I also make sure to poke a bunch of holes in the lids, sides and usually bottoms of the deli cups I ship out, you really can't have too much ventilation in the summer, since the humidity is already higher than normal, and high humidity plus low ventilation = steam-cooked inverts.
  16. Yeah it's allowed, there's actually a reviews section here for just such a topic: http://www.roachforum.com/forum/16-breeder-feedback/
  17. Seeing as my username on all the invertebrate forums is "Hisserdude", and it's an issue I'm passionate about, I thought I'd create a reference of what the PURE hobby Gromphadorhini are supposed to look like, since we are facing a mislabeling epidemic that threatens to inadvertently eradicate pure hisser stocks from the hobby over time, making lines less and less unique and different from each other. All coloration norms mentioned here are for adults, unless otherwise specified. Hisser nymphs of even pure stock can vary wildly in coloration, and thu
  18. I have, and I would check out the caresheet I wrote that @All About Arthropods linked to for info on them and breeding this genus in general.
  19. You sure they were adults? The patterning on that one makes me think it may have just been a subadult nymph.
  20. Sounds like your conditions should be OK, they may just have been messed up in transit or something? Hopefully they recover, only thing I could think of is maybe try raising their humidity a little bit?
  21. It's a mix of Eleodes species, the large ones with spines on all legs are E.armata, the rest, I have no clue.
  22. I never use cool packs for roaches, if they've got enough ventilation in their deli cups and the shipping medium isn't saturated with moisture, then most species will survive just fine even in the 90s or higher.
  23. Just means some are growing faster than others, and flatter ones are more freshly molted, (I think they lose their gut content after molting).
  24. Yes adults can climb glass perfectly fine and can fly well too...
  25. Only one person in the world sells them, @wizentrop, think he ships internationally. They are very very difficult though, one of the most finicky roaches in culture!
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