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  1. I'm so glad you said this. I thought I was weird. Well, more weird than I already thought I was for wanting to be surrounded by a bunch of roaches. I love the smell of my roaches. The hissers are a bit stinky, but I love the lateralis smell. The lobsters are kind of sweetish. The E. posticus are sort of skunky, but in a good way, strangely. None of my Blaberus have any smell at all. Whenever I crack open a bin and get that first lung full it just males me feel comfortable and relaxed. I wonder if that's what drugs do to people. I'm most certainly addicted and can't wait to get my roach fix every day. I'm glad its not just me.
  2. Okay, got it. I think I need to wet it a bit more. They seem to stay above ground so I'm not as worried about how wet the substrate gets with them. So they have a big appetite in groups, huh? Good to know. I'll check for ooths tomorrow. Probably a bit too early, but now I'm anxious. Thank you for the tips.
  3. Oh yeah, I forgot about the leaves. I've got two kinds of oak and some maple. They actually munch on them quite a bit.
  4. I'm feeding Pro-Plan Chicken and Rice dog food, monkey chow, occasional Cheerios and a large assortment of fruits and veggies. I also use water crystals. Don't know if this is right, but so far so good.
  5. Thanks for the tips. What was the "wrong" substrate? Also, what is the right substrate?
  6. Got my first adults today. I've only had them since the middle of December and they were fairly small when I got them. They matured much faster than I anticipated. Woo Hoo! Should have babies in a couple of months. I noted a large increase in their food intake about three weeks ago. Do they generally eat a lot more just before they molt into maturity? P.S. I was gonna post pics, but you all know what they look like!
  7. The three lids contain water crystals, fruit of the day (oranges today), and pro-plan dog food with a little monkey chow. The leaf pile in the back right corner is two species of oak, maple and whatever Matt sent me when he shipped them. The branches are old oak branches that have been laying around in the weather for ten years. I soaked the branches in scalding hot water in a cooler over night and then let them dry in the sun for two or three weeks. Substrate is soil, coco chips and coco coir about 2-3" deep. I pour a cup or two of water in the corner under the water crystals, once a week or so. I had three out of ten die in there. Well I found three dead, but I've only ever counted six at a time after that. One could be hiding. They all seemed in tip top shape when I got them and it was a good two weeks before I found my first dead one, so I believe it to be my error. Do you think its too dry? I started misting them again after I found the dead ones and none have died since then. They all come out to drink when I mist too. Room humidity hovers between 40-50% and stays around 79-84 degrees all the time. Should I mist more often? Should I make the substrate wetter? They seem to all be adults now, but any help here would be great.
  8. Welcome. Cool frog collection. I guess you'll have to get another species like, Blatta lateralis or Nauphoeta cinerea, to feed to the frogs. When you start liking those, go for some Blaberus discoidalis. The babies are the right size.... Pretty soon you'll be in the same boat as the rest of us. Not such a bad thing, by the way.
  9. Mine will, but they are very overcrowded and hungry. They'd prolly try to eat rocks if I put them in there.
  10. Roachman26

    My Froggies

    Beautiful collection.
  11. If its lying there twitching, and he's not eating it, he's not that hungry. Every animal I've offered them to goes crazy for them. Some animals take a little time to adjust to a new prey species, especially if they've been getting the same one for a long time. Don't forget its winter time and even though you didn't hibernate, his hunger and activity level might be lower than normal, just like all the Russian and Greek posters on Tortoise Forum. I'd skip feeding him for two or three days, keep him a little warmer and then try again. Once he's used to them, he'll figure out how to catch them better. That's the nice thing. He's got all day. You don't have to worry about your prey items dying or harming him. The lats might hide for a minute, but then they are usually out running around and attracting predators. You could also try putting the roaches in a deli cup in the freezer for a couple of minutes. Experiment with how long to leave them in there to get the desired level of slowing. Good luck and keep us posted.
  12. Ants found a tiny hole where the ceiling meets the floor near the shelf that holds some of my bins. They didn't do too much damage, but there were hundreds in each bin. I removed them mostly by hand, but kept finding more all day. Any ideas for how to get rid of them? I usually shoot pesticide into the hole where they come from, but I don't want to do it in my roach room. I thought about a vaseline barrier in the bin to keep them out, but they were going in through the screen on the side. I could mechanically plug the hole where they are coming in, but then they'd just find another. Help.
  13. Oops! I meant run vaseline around the top for the hissers.
  14. Nice lizards. They all look really well fed. What do they eat? .......... ha ha ha ha
  15. I wouldn't use a fish tank for lateralis. The little nymphs can climb up the silicone in the corners. You might be able to use a thin layer of vaseline to stop them, but I've never tried that with this species. You can hot glue your metal screen on the top of a rubbermaid bin, instead of the sides, if you're going to use a heat lamp. I've never used this method, so I'd rather somebody with more experience chime in here. I've only kept them in an 18 gallon plastic tub in a heated, humidified room. The fish tank would probably work great for some pepppered roaches. These are relatively calm and easy to handle. Plus their nymphs are born pretty big, so climbing the silicone in the corners shouldn't happen. Any of the hissers would be great too, but you'd have to run silicone all around the top since they are great climbers.
  16. When I first got my colony, the adults looked pretty good, but really chewed each other's wings up in the first few weeks. However, all of the nymphs that are molting into adulthood are turning out perfect and staying that way.
  17. Lots of good news to share! It was a big night last night apparently. Maybe it was the rain? My peppereds finally dropped some babies. There were some that were already on their own and one female that was nestled down part way into the substrate giving birth. Her huge white babies were all over her. Those newborns look like 2nd or 3rd instars of my Blaberus sp. They were gigantic. No wonder they were holding on to them for so long. My discoids finally dropped some too. I got them as 100 mixed nymphs on October 10th. They just now, FINALLY, dropped some babies. They've been adults since before Christmas. Got my fusca at the same time. Still waiting on those, but any day now... My 15 giganteous nymphs have found their appetite. They are eating like hissers now. My hissers are still going non-stop. Little piggies. Now I see what you guys meant by the explosive nature of lateralis. Wow! A few weeks ago, I thought something was terribly wrong and I'd never get babies. Now, I can't feed them out fast enough. Every time I crack the lid I see more and more babies. My lobster colony is too new to really tell, but it does seem to be getting bigger... steadily... just as you guys said it would. Got my first adult in my distanti colony overnight. She's all alone. Her 39 friends are all well buried and I never see them. My first dubia colony is overflowing with nymphs. I think I'm just starting to see third generation, and by my calculations, when those hit maturity in a few months, it should just explode. Craniifer are now steadily producing, but I did find one more aborted ootheca. There were several dozen aborted ootheca before I started housing them correctly. Saw new babies in the flexivitta bin again today too. The older nymphs appear to have gone underground. Well that's the latest. Words cannot describe the joy and happiness that I derive from observing and maintaining my colonies. I have all of you to thank for that. I didn't even know most of these species existed until I found you guys. I knew nothing of how to take care of them. Its a wonder my hissers have lived for so long, given my ignorance. Without you guys to share it with, it just wouldn't mean as much either. What I'm trying to say is: THANK YOU to all of you, especially the ones who answer all my newbie questions.
  18. I'll post a photo ASAP. They do dry out within a few hours when I give them a light misting. I keep one of the front corners damp, a la "MattK" style. I just pour some water into that one spot every few days. Most of their substrate is pretty dry on top and just a little moist deeper. That one corner is damp and that's also where I keep the water crystals. I have a feeling I was keeping them too dry. Since the room humidity has gotten up to 50%, I've mostly stopped misting as I got a couple bins starting to mold. When I found the third dead one, I gave the decipiens a little misting and they all came out and started drinking the droplets off the side. That's how I saw that I had some adults now. As I said before, they have dog kibble, water crystals and some form of "wet" food at all times. So I don't know why they would be so thirsty unless they just aren't going to the water and food. The kibble always looks a little munched on, so I know at least some of them are going to it. BTW, that is a fantastic pic!
  19. Hi Andy. The others forum members have definitely been steering you the right way. I make my bins the same way as Matt, with hot glue and a Dremel tool with a cutting disc. I make an opening on opposing sides about 3x6". But a little bigger or smaller might be appropriate depending upon how humid it is where you will be keeping them. I've been keeping Blatta lateralis now for several months and have had no problems with escaping and or infestation. I read those other posts too and was also very leery. For me, they have been no different than any other roach species. They don't climb, they don't fly and mine don't escape in any way. They are also probably a little more cold tolerant, which sounds scary, but it also means they are likely to do better in a cold garage. The dubia or discoidalis will be a better size for your dragons as they get older, but the lateralis will be just right for alligator lizards and small beardies. You can handpick the right size dubia or discoids for any size predator. One of the things I like best about the lateralis is that they don't try to hide when you drop them into your animals enclosure. They just run around until they get eaten. The others are all pretty good burrowers and hiders. I usually hand feed the others ones with rubber-tipped forceps. If I were you, I'd try two or three species and experience the difference for yourself. Get the roaches going ASAP as they take a while to really get up and running enough to feed them out in substantial numbers. You'll also have to learn how to sex them, so you can feed out the males and save the females for breeding. But more on that stuff later...
  20. I second what Matt said. Mine just turned 3 two days after yours was born. Congrats!
  21. How big are the babies? Say, in comparison to lateralis? They just molted into maturity in the last few days and I haven't checked the sexes. I'm guessing it will be a few weeks before I get any egg cases, IF I've got males AND females. Humidity?
  22. Where do these fall on the humidity scale? Dry, middle of the road, or downright damp? I've recently acquired ten and found my third dead one today. They've got two or three inches of damp soil/coco coir mix, egg flats and a leaf pile. Dog kibble, water crystals and fruit or veggies always available. I mist the sides a little every few days. Room humidity hovers between 40 and 50%. The others in the bin are molting and seem to be doing great. I've got a couple with wing stubs that go half way down the abdomen now. Are these adults? They still seem kinda small, but I don't know this species yet. Mine are the first ones I've ever seen in person and there's not a lot of info out there on them. My other species, acquired in the same shipment, all seem to be doing fine. No other casualties in 7 other species and several hundred individuals. Thanks, Tom
  23. Yeah you do. The little hitchhikers showed up at my place too. No dig deal. My venus fly trap loves them.
  24. I'm too new to be able to answer this yet, but my discoids are taking forever to have babies too. I got them as 1/2 inch nymphs in September. Saw my first adults just before Christmas. Still no babies. Almost the same story with my fusca. I had trouble with craniifer too, until I put them on substrate. I'm in that waiting stage with a dozen or so species. My lateralis are finally taking off and my hissers just won't stop. I haven't had any colonies outright die off, but I have several that just seem to be stalled.
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