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  1. I think they drool for more than one reason. Defense didn't make sense to me because mine stop moving when they do that. They don't hiss or try to run. It's usually with a new cockroach that hasn't been held before.

    Vomiting and drooling aren't the same thing. Are grasshoppers vomiting or drooling?

    I watched a question mark leave a little bubble of drool on a stick in the tank while she was wandering.

    I'm just curious about it. It's probably a number of reasons why they drool. Stress makes sense too, but not as a predator deterrent.

    Maybe it's somehow tied with making a new memory? Like drooling is a bookmark of some kind?

  2. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0000529

    Basically,cockroaches were classically conditioned to drool when presented with a smell they associated with a reward.

    I wondered if my roaches were drooling on me because they favored me rather than being afraid. They could be associating us with a delicious reward. I've been drooled on twice with two different species. It was the same behavior both times.

    A roach would put its mouthparts on my fingers and drool excessively.

    I thought it was an interesting study and idea.

  3. I gnabbed two of these from my favorite pet store the other day.

    The male isn't as red as the female, but he still has no black on him at all. It's more of a reddish brown color with a nice golden body.

    She reminds me of a candy cane.

    I'm pretty sure these are both G.portentosa (probably mutts, but they mostly all are.)

    I set them both up in a cage all by themselves and I'm hoping that they'll make little gingery babies. :) The goal would be to have them all look more like the female.

    I thought I'd share this because I feel like it's particularly rare. Am I right? I've never seen this before. I've seen a lot of colors, but not red or red and gold.

    I'd love it if more people here could share some of their red morphs. I'd like to see more of these in the hobby!

    The Male:


    The female:




  4. I believe this to be the right forum for this, but I purchased a book for myself as a birthday gift about cockroaches. I love this book.


    It's expensive, but worth it. It's not picture heavy, but it is loaded with information. It's directed towards the scientific community to help others either gain an appreciation for cockroaches, or learn more about the insects they love. There's a lot of terms in there I have had to google, but I was more than happy to do it!

    I wanted to share this because I'm impressed with it, and I can't wait finish it.

    Are there any other books out there that are recommended reads? I've already got the Allpetroaches book! :)

  5. Aeluropoda insignis, Archimantrita tesselata ,Elliptorhina javanica are some of my faves. I'm probably going to stick with only a few species. I want to make sure I can manage them and spoil them all, haha. I give my hissers names :D

    What about you?

  6. I got these two cockroaches as pets for myself.

    I believe them both to be G. portentosa .

    The tricolor's name is Barnaby :) He's my buddy. (I used flash on one picture)

    Then there's his ladyfriend, who looks pregnant. She's got these cute spots on her, like the nymphs have. I liked that.

    I was hoping that they could breed after she had her babies, but we'll see. If not, they're still neat!

    I'd like to see other cool colors of more member's cockroaches. :) Please share away!





  7. I'm glad you are a part of this too. :) Nice to meet you! I think you can type in English well. I love seeing pictures of other people's roaches. I'm definitely down with seeing more from you. :)

  8. My name is Leigh!

    I've been interested in cockroaches (among other animals) for a while now! I work at a natural history museum where they have hissing cockroaches, scorpions,tarantulas, snakes,bearded dragons and turtles.

    I'm new to the hobby of cockroaches as pets. It somehow never occurred to me that I could have my own cockroaches, and I didn't have to say goodbye to the roaches at the museum every night . They let me pick out some roaches to take home.

    I like watching them, observing them, and feeding them. Especially feeding them! It makes me happy to watch them crawl over to their food and munch away. My roaches are pets. :)

    I honestly didn't know there were different species of hissing cockroaches (or so many cool species) until a few months ago.

    I've currently got:

    Hissing cockroaches (hopefully pure lines of Gromphadorhina portentosa ) (just two for now )

    Therea olegrandjeani nymphs of varying sizes, one is the size of a quarter, and that makes me so happy. :) I got them from Peter Clausen. Thanks!

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