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Forcep

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  1. I have no experience with P. australasiae, I guess they stink too since they're Periplaneta anyway. American roach, oriental roach, orange head and lobster roach are some smelly colonies I've had.
  2. I'm sorry for your loss but you may try to start with some non-pest species, i.e. hissers (I know they are available in China). Large P. americana colony smells quite bad; believe me 'cause I have one. And being more professional is always good for convincing your families; show your knowledge of cockroach taxonomy, ecology and natural history to them to prove that you understand what you're doing. Well there's another little trick; if your parents accept frogs or reptiles, you can get a feeder roach colony with good reasons. Glad I don't need to do those things cause I'm independent.
  3. I've thoroughly checked my roaches, and there are 10 males and 2 females (both nymphs), wow that can't be good... I believe that females take longer time to mature, but seems the main reason is I've got some bad sex ratio here
  4. Started a giant cave roach colony by a dozen mixed age nymphs last year, and finally adults are pumping out! Now I've got 6 adults which all looks awesome -- until I tried to sex them... All the adults looks exactly the same, I think they are all males. Is it normal for this species to have more males, or the males are just growing much faster? Cause the rest of the nymphs are way smaller.
  5. I don't think you'll need to prepare any substrate for Dubia...
  6. I agree with Alex, you really don't need to feed them vegetables, especially lettuce; they are basically just water. Feed them some veggies and fruits you can easily peel, like carrot, apple, banana, citrus.
  7. My B. giganteus recipe including: Cheapest cat food I can find Carrot, peeled to make it "safe and organic" Rotten wood, for free of course Fish flakes, this is expensive but I merely use it in small amount for fun, just like giving candy to kids. I haven't had them very long but they seems happy, without any "mysterious die-off after molting to adult" yet.
  8. Gorgeous! Must get myself at least one Gyna species in the future. Are they fast growers?
  9. My 5 hisser species are kept bone dry; they're all doing well as long as there's a constant water source. I would suggest there maybe something wrong with the new enclosure. Once I've kept all my hisser containers in a plastic cabinet, end up with finding dead nymphs now and then. After I moved them out I haven't lost any roaches ever.
  10. Congratulations! Don't worry you can't kill them, small amount of mortality does happen sometimes though. Mine devour fish flake, carrot and rotten wood.
  11. Good news: I've now got a huge sub-adult... There are really some variances going on this species.
  12. Pathogen infestation? Digestion disorder? I've no idea, but if I were you I'll definitely separate him from the rest of colony, maybe also change substrate/ clean container.
  13. I newly started a wide horn hisser colony with medium to large nymphs. Now more and more nymphs have lost their juvenile color pattern (4 white squares on their black cuticle ), but their size is not bigger than regular hissers at all... Below is the photo of my largest male so far Well it is smaller than my largest regular hisser. Is it a sub-adult or adult? I hope they are still growing
  14. I got bit by a Parcoblatta which stucked in my clothes; obviously it was a defense behavior. Felt like being bit by a carpenter ant.
  15. Simply searching "tiger hisser for sale" on google you'll find it, but I've never seen G. picea in the hobby.
  16. That's interesting. In my opinion insects are not so different from crustaceans; they're almost terrestrial crustaceans, belonging to the group Pancrustacean. So I would assume that insects may feel pain too. Anyway those kinds of surgery on roaches don't bother me at all; those roaches are not suffering more than out feeders, which live in overcrowded tubs, often have part of the body chewed by their cohorts. The thing that really matter is, it is just a bad idea to give kids any kind of living thing saying "hey, I've made it a new toy for you." It's not bad for roaches, it's bad for kids. Maybe one of them will before a neuroscience specialist and do all crazy but amazing experiments on animals; but they're kids now, it's not fun at all to let them play with a hurt animal.
  17. I guess shipping living insects across boundaries usually need a permit; there should be many cool species in Haiti too, maybe some Blaberus?
  18. Actually my peppered roaches are easier to handle than hissers; my male hissers always tightly stick to the ground, hiss and fight with my fingers when touched.
  19. Insect blood cells deal with all kinds of infection: pathogens, parasites and parasitoids, etc. Actually even bacterium are complex enough to have some "immune" functions.
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