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Roachman26

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  1. Initially I bought a dozen subadults and had them set up in an 18 gallon bin. All did fine and then half of them died in their molt to maturity. Only two females made it into adulthood. It took a long time, but those females finally gave me babies. All the babies did fine and when they molted I had zero casualties. When those babies started having babies, I couldn't give them away fast enough. It became like a dubia colony... only bigger. The temperature in my reptile room never drops below 80 and it would get into the mid 90s everyday on summer days.

    My conclusion from this and other anecdotal evidence is that they don't like moving or having their environment disturbed. I saw this with many other species too. I had 18 species at one time. Whenever I got in nymphs, it would take a long time for a colony to really get up and running. When things really seemed to get going was always when the babies born or hatched at my place reached maturity and started reproducing themselves.

    Anecdotally too, I never had much luck getting babies out of adults that had been shipped in from elsewhere. Because of this I made it my practice to ask for young nymphs so that they could have several molts and mature in their own enclosure at my place to make things as stable as possible for them.

    As far as temp in the wild, I saw a Southeast Asian turtle study where they recorded temps in the actual locations where the turtles were found. Ambient air temps would be 95-100 at human head height with humidity near 100%. They found temps from 69-72 down in the underbrush on the ground where the turtles were.

    Just throwing in what I've seen.

  2. This is only for hatchlings and babies. Adults are fine in the dry air. This simulates what they go through in the wild. Babies hide out in humid places. Once thy get big enough, they start hanging out topside more often in the hot dry air.

  3. My B.colloseus went straight out of the shipping container from Matt and into their bin. I've never moved or messed with them other than to pull the bin down and throw in some food. There have never been any escapes or questionable incidents of any kind and they are on the other side of my roach room from my other Blaberus with 4 hungry tokays, glue traps and roach bait in between.

    It is within the realm of physical possibility that "something" happened, but very very unlikely. Even if they found a way to climb up and out of their smooth-sided bins, they would have to run the gaunlet, cross the room, get back up to the shelves, climb up the smooth sides of the other bins, and squeeze in through the closed lid. Its also possible that I wouldn't notice two different species in the same bin, but again, not likely.

    These are pretty old specimens. Probably the originals as this species is one of the few that didn't do well for me. I've got fusca, craniifer and discoids coming out my ears, but these, the giganteus and E. decipiens just haven't done well for some reason.

    Also, I've only ever received three shipments of roaches, the last one was in January of this year. One from James T., one from Matt K. and one from Zephyr.

  4. I use 18 gallon plastic bins with aluminum window screen hot glued in for all of mine. I used to use the dark colored plastic bins, as I thought they would like it darker, but now I've switched to the clear bins instead. The problem is that SOME of the colored ones have a little "texture" to the inside walls and some of the non-climbers could climb them a little. The clear ones are all very smooth.

    My bins all have regular snap on lids and the only issue I've ever had was with Blatta lateralis (know escape artists) and one of the aforementioned "textured" bins. They are now in the clear bins and I haven't had any "escapes" for months.

  5. Very nice. I am envious...where I live, such cages would be usable only 2 months out of the year...something like that would be fantastic for my red tegus.

    It just so happens, I'm building two more cages, just like these for both Aregentine Tegu Species. Should be all done and planted by Spring.

  6. First bit is incorrect (there is a reason many of us 'usually say' such things), but you are spot on about humidity for hatchlings....of course, this is not news, particularly. Nice G. sulcata, by the by.

    I've studied this exhaustively for the last 20 years and have observed all sorts of crazy stuff all over the globe. It has been an obsession of mine since my very first failure in the early 90's. The first bit of info IS correct and that's why its noteworthy enough for mention. I used to say "such things" too until I learned better and saw it repeatedly contradicted with my own eyes. Like the smooth adult sulcatas from New Orleans and South FL who eat dog and cat kibble as a staple. They might not be in such great shape on the inside, but they were wild caught smooth on the outside.

    If you've got some time, check this out. It will explain in detail why and how I got to these conclusions.

    http://tortoiseforum.org/Thread-The-End-Of-Pyramiding

    Thanks for the compliment on my youngin's.

  7. Turns out my pyramiding theories were correct. These are my sulcata hatchlings from mid-May. They are now 4 months old and totally smooth. :)

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    For those who missed it the first time around, pyramiding has nothing to do with diet, protein, calcium, sunshine or any of the other things that people usually say. It is all about humidity, hydration and moisture. This only applies to hatchlings and very small ones. Even the desert species, like sulcatas and Leopards, need high humidity and warm temps as babies.

    Thanks for looking.

  8. Mine live in a cage, and two days ago I found two small hatchlings running around (did not even know the female laid eggs). All on a diet of roaches.

    That's pretty cool. I'm hoping mine reproduce. Although I'll probably have to capture and feed the babies so they don't starve to death. I just never see any escapees any more.

  9. I know it's been awhile since anybody has made a reply to this post but I have just started my colony about 3 weeks ago I did do some research befor I set them up. I did my research befor I pick up any Dubia Roaches everthing I read said dog food as I have 3 dogs I have plenty of dog food I pick up my Dubias at a Reptil show. I have been going to Reptile shows for years but the person putting this one on was trying something diffrent he did Reptiles in one building fish and birds in another and dogs and cats in the last building as I went thru the Reptile building Zoo Med was giving out their promo bags with hand cleaner Calcium and baby turtle food pellets.As their was three of us that went we had three bags with thid in them well my son has no reptils at home and my freind has snakes so I recived what was in his bag went to me as well. As we went thru the show we found 10 more bags that people threw away I ended up with 13 sets of samples. We went thru the bird and fish building and that was o.k. then went into the dog and cat building their was not much of cat supplies but I picked up some diffrent high end dog food that they were giving put samples of the sample size was about a cup and half per sample. So when I got home I read all the ingredients it was all natural madw with diffrent meats fish, chicken, deer, ect Grains rice, wheat, bran ect (no corn) after my girlfreind went upstairs to take a nap I brock out the blender and went to work I blended the dog food and turtle food together and made me 1 gal of roach food. I also give them freash veggies and fruit. They always have the dog food mix 24/7 and I mix up the fruite and veggies. I am going to pick up some fish flakes soon to mix with the dog food and also starting water crystals soon.

    Was this the Pomona Show? Those are my roaches you bought. $10, right? I'd feed the fish flakes separately.

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