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  1. Hissers can tolerate cold and dry surprisingly well. Babies less so. I've been using roach motel glue traps for those "just in case situations". Don't know if they'd be able to survive, grow and reproduce, depends on your house and temps, but they'll probably survive a few weeks easily.
  2. Well anything is possible, but I've never seen any cockroach of any species out here at the ranch. There are B. orientalis in some of the nearby neighborhoods, but nothing out at the ranch. These that I'm seeing are tiny little babies that are the same size as my current babies and only in my hot, humid roach room.
  3. I've found a couple baby lateralis OUTSIDE the bin in the last couple of days. Sides are smooth and clean. Screens are fine and intact. Complete hot glue seal around the screens. The bin is very crowded with babies, but the lid stays on unless I'm feeding them. I put a vaseline layer around the rim today. Any idea how they are getting out? Any ideas for catching up any escapees, that I might NOT have seen? Dead or alive. How about one of those glue based roach motels? Anybody else use these as a precaution?
  4. Just got in some egg cases. What's the best way to hatch them out? Should I just put them outside and let them do their thing or should I hatch them in my reptile room? Reptile/roach room stays 80-85 and 50-60% humidity.
  5. Roachman26


    Sorry, missed your reply. Yeah, she's a red. Eating like a big pig. I wasn't sure if she was big enough, but today she tackled some adult male dubia.
  6. Three are fertile! They should be hatching within the next few weeks. Pics to follow, IF it actually happens.
  7. Don't know nothin' about this, but that seems cool!
  8. My hissers are voracious and eat way more than my dubias. One thing that I've learned in the last few months is that how much they SEEM to eat, depends on how many individuals are in the enclosure. My hisser bins are pretty crowded and they'll eat a handful of dog kibble in a couple of days. My dubia bin is less crowded and it takes them 5-6 days to eat that amount. I've got some bins with only a few individuals where one piece of kibble lasts a whole week. My guess is that you bought a whole load of dubia and only a few black hissers. Am I right? If your hissers really aren't eating you might try warming them up a little and see if anything changes.
  9. Welcome to the forum. Happy roaching.
  10. You'd be proud Matt. Most of my colonies are pretty light on males. I've also got some very fat and happy lizards and spiders.
  11. That's true. I remember the days of only having three and knowing each of their habits and personalities. I have so many now that I can't keep track of any individuals.
  12. NOW I understand what MattK meant by the "explosive nature" of Blatta lateralis populations. Holy Cow! I started with 100 sub-adults just a few months ago. For nearly two months, nothing was happening and I thought something must be wrong. Nothing was wrong, I just had to wait for nature to take its course. I saw my first few babies, just a few weeks ago and now there are thousands. There are dozens of babies in each egg hole on my 12x12" egg flats. I've been culling excess males since they started maturing, but that hasn't made a dent. There are also hundreds if not thousands of ooths on the bin floor, mixed in with the frass. When this batch of babies hits maturity, I'm might be in real trouble. What do these guys do when they really start to get overcrowded? These are my first egg layers, so I hope my Eurycotis decipiens go at this pace when the time comes. I'm also seeing the more gradual, but constant growth of the lobsters. I started those at the end of January, but it seems like I see more babies in there every day. I actually got to watch one giving birth the other day. I couldn't have learned about these any other way. I read all about both of them for months before getting them, but there is just no substitute for actual experience.
  13. I must be cold and callused. I feed them to something when they get to that point. It ends their suffering and by giving nutrition to another animal, it males me feel like there was more purpose to their life. I hate it when I find the old dead crusty ones in a bin. Feels like such a waste.
  14. I have several thousand and recently I went through and separated out all the blacks. There were around 150-200. All sizes and both sexes. Put them in their own bin and left them alone. Now, about three months later, there is a mix of both colors in that bin. The babies are mixed and so are the adults. It seems as if some of the adults, molt into or out of the black phase. They all get the same diet, so I don't think its diet related. Interestingly, I've also found a bunch more blacks in the other bins. Hey Kyle, how are yours doing?
  15. There are several signs. You should see "chalking" in the first week or so. Within a month or so, you should be able to see some vascularization and a darker spot (embryo) when you candle them. I'm no expert though. I don't have a proper "candling" light, so I'm just using a little flashlight. The eggs are dirty, and I'm just not sure if I'm seeing the right stuff or not.
  16. They are getting huge! I've got seven. They are only four months old and they are outgrowing their 100 gallon terrarium. I'll be building some outdoor housing much sooner than I thought.
  17. So far, they appear to not be fertile. Not 100% sure, so they are still in the incubator.
  18. Roachman26


    She finally decided to wake up after five and a half months. Boy have I got some treats for her to eat!
  19. Hey! One of my craniifer bit me while I was restraining it to determine sex. It wouldn't voluntarily sit still so I held him firmly between my thumb and fingers. I felt a little pinch so I looked up at his mouth and he was repeatedly trying to aggressively bite me. It didn't really hurt, so I watched him for a minute just to see if that was really his intention. It was! I didn't blame him, but it was a surprise.
  20. Wish I knew for sure. It is definitely in the Blaberus genus. Possibly fusca? Many of the Blaberus look very similar to me. I'm planning on doing a photo essay of them all and comparing them side by side. I have six species of Blaberus and I'd like to get a couple more. All of mine are from reliable sources, so I'm as sure as I can be that they are pure. Wish I knew more. Ask me again in two years.
  21. I only have portentosa out of that group and mine eat anything and everything. My colony has thrived for 18 years under the best and worst of conditions. I'm not suggesting you neglect your roaches, I'm just saying it is not critical. You can feed them anything you want and they will breed and thrive.
  22. Ugh! Now you guys are making me want to try them! Knock it off will ya?! I've got enough species. Well, I guess there always room for one more... or two or three... I did just build six new bins to have around as extras... Great experiment. Thanks for posting that.
  23. They can live a long time out of their cage. Probably weeks. You'd better hope she wasn't preggers yet. G. portentosa is a very hardy species. You'll probably find her in your mom's shoe or purse or something like that. Not sayin' how I would know such a thing... just seems to go that way more often than not. I don't know why they can't get in MY shoes..uhh I mean YOUR shoes.....cough....cough....
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