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  1. id figured the live dog feeding etc (said theyd say"why bother killing it, its going to die anyway"), would be frowned upon, but never knew it was actually illegal, as heard of puppies and kittens etc used for food and fishing bait. the retriever mix didnt really do more than get any damage on the big male, unfortunately, and i just put it out of its misery, as the snake just had the back half, and i figured it was better to do it faster, even though they said the snake could kill me if i went in its enclosure (the four tanks took up at least half of the main room), though id have stabbed it in the head at that point, no offense to other snake lovers. they did how ever feed the animals properly, though they were filthy for a while except the last time i was over (one of the snakes had gotten out and attacked the woman and at least seriously injured the child, so they had sold the one of the two pairs at least, but remember the one was till there, and they had to stab or something the other one, and forget what they did with it, but loved it like a baby they said, so couldnt let it die (me id have killed the snake if it went after my kids or woman, but then again mine are handleable, and i wouldnt have one of the biguns, around my kids or woman, unless the snakes were in at least sealed room, and locked cages (not just weights on. lol), as regardless of what some say, ive seen snakes bend and break even chainlink, glass for salt water tanks, and plexiglass, as well as wood, while eating, agressive/defensive or hungry.
  2. true, but i never did that, or used live wild, road kill etc. like others, and not advocating either, but theyre snakes were really healthy, so possibly, variation in FEEDER type animals raised on better food (ive never used rodent pro, as wasnt around when was kid with alot of herps), in general, aside from most buying pet store quality feeders etc. or not feed for some to several months, so dont have to buy food for hundreds they cant afford to feed. though if im wrong on the last part, of believing you shouldnt only maintenance feed large snakes let me know, as not sure about how much thye should/would eat, but they seem to be the ones that attack and escape, when left hungry for months,seeming to break the myth they only need to eat every several months.
  3. ok.. good point, the whatever baby i had that was over nine and a half feet, just had a heated blanket, a kiddy pool, before just used a huge fishtank itd go in anyway when out (it had a filter designed for large turtle habitats), a heater in the water wrapped in whatever they use for turtle tanks so the glass doesnt get broken from sudden hard impacts, a whole extra freezer and fridge for food, as well as distributer that could provide live and frozen, as well as bred some of my own, though guinea pigs might not produce enough for anas appetites, but prefer rabbits as easier keepers anyway. or for food, you could do what a local breeder did and just take any free animal, even pet: cats dogs ferrets parrots monkeys etc (which im against feeding live pets to snakes, as even though all part of food chain, when you see a loving trusting large dog get its bones slowly crushed as it whines and looks at you wondering what wrong it did, you would never want to see it again or visit them, and hope the snake chokes to death on it).
  4. why five thousand for the ana, and your rattler attacks and tags you, or it just tries and you hook, tongs it, or just get the heck outta there? id probably just settle for a colubrid that looks similar. though had two cotton heads, and known those who have had rattlers, copperheads, cotton mouthes, and two kinda of cobra, as well as lesser water cobras etc (one guy i knew had a momba, but was saying how it kept getting out and would be found loose in his garage, or in yard after monthes no problem, even though he had a bunch of rugrats, and hardly any cages were locking).
  5. i now have: one tokay gecko (i know not desired by most, but was a dream pet to me). one leopard gecko. three bearded dragons. two kingsnakes. one ball python. add a chinease water dragon, and ill have all the herps ive ever wanted, ive had at some point or other, besides a yellow anaconda, and rattlesnake. i having to downsize, just gave to herp guy, for zoo: one large juvi savanna monitor, four leopard geckos, two ball pythons, and one tarantula. others may have forgotten as well as very many assorted birds and mammals.
  6. trying to figure out why i dont get my mail from here.

  7. wish i could breed him to my female!
  8. the top of my dream herp list, right above: hogg island boa, yellow anaconda, pygmy rattlesnake, pine rattler, Tokay and Caribbean house geckos, fire bellied toads(by the way heard hognosed snakes were immune to toxins of these and good food source... any advice?), water and clawed frogs.
  9. awww, we need an update video, and i want some...
  10. im very curios to see pics and setups of them. i was under the impression you had so many from breeding out from only a small amount, and were working on tame and/or morghs of captive generations.. either way im envious.
  11. wow, good to know they are as communal as i thought, and not just mindless aggressors like most say. you wouldnt want to part with any would you?
  12. i didnt know it took alot longer to kill and/or weaken bacteria from roaches that needed the heat for the bacteria to thrive.. how long would they need to be frozen to be safe (not that i cant just compost them, and feed fresh, i just thought i might get some use out of them hopefully)? oddly my dry bin has alot more dead ones when i cleaned, than the somewhat damp one in areas, so im wondering if they are drying out to much now as they did well, when in all moistened bins. im keeping the nymphs except the tiny ones i dont want to bother trying to catch all, and letting them grow out till they are ready to turn ooths (how long from molting to adult if mated right away does it take for the time to turn the ooths to need the soil to be comfy and decrease abortion?. oddly i had one female giganteus just die after i put them all back into their tank after cleaning up, as it just seized and or cunvulsed, and started running around and died on its side (yes side, as it wedged itself in that position).
  13. i was going to feed ones i had frozen for a few days at least as i have a jar ful, but just mostly feeding deformed and old ones now.
  14. well i just got an awesome most grown bearded dragon morph, so she should continue to plow through the colonies, and hopefully will be my dumpster for the dead roaches (right after i got her home she plowed through 14 adults, that needed disposal of.
  15. hahaha! so nothing aside else as to how to deal, besides just culling or separating and hoping it burns out?
  16. any other possabilities except the parasite one presented so far? as its just odd its only attacking the adults (though they and the tiny nymphs are the only real ones that go on the dirt except to eat, or when i take all the paper hides out), though seeming easy enough to control.. Im hesitant to take all mine out, of the tub with dirt, and cupholders, and try keeping them with sterile as possible conditions, as they were just starting to do so well aside from the dying adults. females seems before or after birth, and right after molting same as some males, but mine mostly go limp, fall apart, and are a bright or off yellow with an oddly pleasant smell to me at first. ive notoced very few of the even large nymphs dying at all, and as they dont even eat their shed skins (the blaberus), i tend to notice the ones that die, and only see chew marks on the bodies of the males, and wings of the females. is there a way to test or treat the tubs/soil, if it is the parasitic round worms and symbiotic bactreia type, preying on the roaches that they catch on/in the soil, or do i just have to scrap that soil, and try to sort all the nymphs out and try new sub, if there is any that wont harbor the worms (or would cooling and drying do as well as ive heard it might?)?
  17. saddly mostly only my herps do that, unless i just leave to many feeders in a herp setup, then they apparently breed like drunken prom dates, as i find the bottom under things covered in babies (so i just move them to the invert tanks).
  18. Im looking into trying to set up the original setup i had in mind for a pair of tokay geckos, as as i have to move the big one or the smaller three ball pythons that have quickly out grown that tank for all four ( i know i know, but they oddly are less stressed and feed every night together, mostly). anyone on here keep them, or if by luck even breed, or would ship me a wild caught baby, or a pair of adults? we all know how much they eat, and that all of us have plenty of feeders for their eat anything apetites.. lol also looking for fire bellied toad's, tadpoles, or developing eggs.
  19. Im going to try keeping at least some of my roaches off soil, and see if it is helpful if the problem is Steinernematid and heterorhabditid nematodes, which are exclusively soil organisms, to see if this offers any results, as well as change temps, as its written in alot of places that they live in all soil types, so guessing moisture and humidity have no effect (please enlighten me further, or if im way off).
  20. stopped problem, as i added potting soil, and removed all the males (i had hundreds end of last month again), leaving only the new molted ones that just came out to breed, and i have more than i imagined i would have now again so quick, as they will consume a hand full of food four times a day, with at least two of the times if not all four in minutes, and put them all together in a 50 gallon tub about maybe a month or two to taking all the males out.
  21. my hissers will be super active, battling and breeding constantly at 90-110 degrees Fahrenheit and i used to have a heating pad under them, and they crowded the hot spots and never seemed injured from the heat that was uncomfortable to me even when the heater got bumped up from low (though at high in the plastic tubs, the plastic was warping and starting to melt), were when i kept them in the eighties were my dubia were comfy (at a hundred they croaked off), they didnt do hardly anything.
  22. Ive actually had the ootheca of mostly dubia, some hissers, and two cranifer, hatch by keeping them on a pop cap or something raised, with moist moss or water gel around them but just not touching, in a plastic sauce cup with clear at least possible and kept warm. oh, i dont know why itd matter, but the ooth has to have the curve staying up up or they will die for some reason it seems. also avoid touching them or anything thats not being rinsed out with, your hands, as i think the bacteria or oils kill the bacteria or something on them and they dont hatch as well. I know its stupid probly to try, but at first i had so few dubia, and it was more of a project for the mad scientist in me. i have had from a few to forty hatch, sometimes eighty if its the cranifer or maybe hissers.
  23. I actually have been having the same trouble i was going to post asking about, but it stopped for a while in the one bin when i moved half my adult colony of cranifer, now its back. also i have a bunch of what i assume are all male giganteus, and no females ive seen them mating with (oddly it seems to be affecting gender in spurts right after molting to the males, then the females other times).
  24. well actually i had this happen alot at first, and just found a female dubia and hisser living in the bottom of a pet stuff box a month after switching rooms with the master bed and had moved roaches to escape proof tubs, after they had had another litter of babies. unfortunately if she does have babies the hissers need more humidity than the average person's home will provide, so they will die off abotu the first molting time, were the dubia live on and grow. the best way to lure then to you is with the cheap smelly old roy dog food or the purina dry cat food, as it reaks and mine run right out to it besides the preggers, that only come out if i put out oranges mostly that fast in minutes (the wife hated me showing her that trick the first time, as a blaberus ran right up to her and she hates all but the hissers. hahaha). if you want to try to lure her to stay somewere put a heat pad under a paper egg carton, and put fresh cat food and water crystals in it, as thats how i got the dubia nymphs in one spot when i opened a shipment and they exploded out the box in small number of tiny nymphs (right now alls i have is the hisser nymphs that a couple escaped, and wont come out for food, as they were newborns and i had to put out the litter from the parent' tank to get them. maybe you could put the rest in a tiny vented container in a bigger one with just enough room for iut to get in by them and it might stay close to them, as ive found the escapees trying to get in by the rest if alone (i had a human heating pad under my hisser tub, on the floor, but now up on a shelf, so they get into the other roach tubs instead probly).
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