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  1. Not that I'm aware of. I eventually found it under the remote control on my TV stand, with around two dozen bits of frass. If i woke up with it scrambling across my face i might've woken the whole family block.
  2. Traveling around would obviously cause stress, which can kill. Wide horn hissers are amazing survivors. I had an escapee that stayed alive in my room (though it may have wandered around the house)for a month and a half. (Just for the record, i keep my place is very clean. I happen to live in a family of germephobes) You can throw those things at a wall and they'll probably be fine. In one of the threads here, wide horn hissers have survived sub-zero temps. They are not called the tanks of the cockroach world for nothing. Still puzzled over your loss.
  3. You just went through what I went through around two months ago.
  4. According to Bugsincyberspace, or Peter, nymphs mature around 8 months and stick around for a few more. http://www.bugsincyberspace.com/Pet_Bug_Philosophy.html Last paragraph
  5. pics. http://s1070.photobucket.com/albums/u484/Edwardhg/
  6. Take a look at this. Maybe someday I'll go on a collecting trip. How hard can it be to spot glowing millipedes at night? Wikipedia BugGuide
  7. Mantids are amazing. Ghost mantids more so from their unconventional looks and that you can keep them somewhat communally. Its too bad they can't reach 3".
  8. What your dad said is very true - but could be pretty much applied to any animal. Since you have 'Princia' vanwaerebecki, as J&J said, the husbandry is the same with all hissers. Breeding hissers is effortless. Heating the cage is fine, but they can breed at room temperature, provided that you don't live in a log cabin in Alaska. I can't give suggestions on heat lamps if you're dead set on getting one, because i don't use any. I don't freak out over my humidity levels, but i occasionally pour water into the substrate. I've heard that small nymphs need some humidity to survive, but you s
  9. Here's some pics of the mature (but under 3") female, some of her nymphs that were born today, and my enclosure. hmmm...the pics don't seem to be working. maybe the file size is too big? They're 4-5mb each.
  10. I got them from Greg's Exotic Inverts. The characteristic brick-red color is clearly shown, but if you shine a light on the "black" nymphs you would see some faint red as well. The roaches don't usually show their white stripes, the female that gave birth doesn't show hers anymore. I'll put up some pics later today if i get the chance. Maybe their smaller sizes are a result of inbreeding. I'll probably order more oblongonotas from a different source for "fresh" breeding stock and to compare specimens.
  11. For the last week or so I've noticed that a certain oblongonota female (Almost 3 inches)had started swelling up, her abdominal segments telescoping so that it was easy to see bits of white. Since I've only had them for about a month and a half, ordering them as large nymphs,(and I haven't seen any molts among the 2"+ roaches i ordered), I assumed that she was about to molt. When i woke up this morning at 6, to my surprise, dozens of slightly whitish/grey/brown nymphs were crawling all over inside the enclosure. My first litter obviously the "premolt" female was mature and gravid, and now I'
  12. It died last night, I'm thinking from age because there were no obvious fatal wounds or parasites. Segments of its legs were missing but it couldn't move his legs anyways. I don't like putting things to waste so I'll see if my hissers would take it.
  13. Found a dragonfly outside my front door a few hours ago. It was obviously still alive - it was weakly beating its wings, so i stuck it into a deli cup and took it inside. Part of its bottom left wing seem to be ripped off, and everything else seems to be fine except that it cant do anything but "buzz" its wings. Is there anything i could do for it, or do i give it to the roaches?
  14. Some questions that I have: - What is the physical different between a subadult/large nymph and an adult hisser? - Can you predict the number of molts left for a hisser, and how? - If a hisser isn't really "hissy", does that imply that its timid or tame? - Can hissers regenerate or "fix" lame legs or antennae through molting? Edward
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