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  1. A few observations based on my experience with Death's Head Roaches. They do not tolerate high temps like Dubias, I keep mine at around 80 degrees, although it does go up to the mid 80s in the heat of the summer. They also need a little more humidity than Dubias, but not as much as Peppered Roaches. After years of keeping them, they seem to have the uncanny knack of eating primarily orange foods - oranges, carrots, butternut squash, etc. when given the choice. They also do not seem to be inclined to eat higher protein foods when given the choice. I currently have 3 allegedly distinct strains and for the life of me, I cannot tell them apart and their behavior seems to be identical.
  2. Here is how I raise thousands of Dubias. My invert room is around 80 degrees, but this setup I describe can be kept in a room at typical room temperature and still facilitate decent reproduction rates. I use 30 gallon Sterilite Totes. I use 2 pieces of 1 x 4 about 10 inches long and screw one to the other on the top and bottom of the lid perpendicular to the length of the tote about 12" from the end of the tote. In the center of the 1 x 4s I drill a 1/4" hole for the light cord. I install a ceramic light fixture on the inside of the lid 1 x 4, wire it to a 6' extension cord with the plug cut off and use a 25w red incandescent bulb for additional heat. This also keeps excess moisture from building up. I cut 2 - 4" diameter holes with plastic cross stitch mesh hot glued to the lid on the end opposite the eggcrates between the light and end of the tote for ventilation. At the other end of the tote I put in egg crates vertically oriented. I do not use water crystals ever. I use primarily organic carrots and rolled oats for food and moisture and put in new carrots every 2 or 3 days. I occasionally feed winter squash, oranges, plantain bananas and seasonally available root veggies for variety. I like to keep some dried oak leaves and a small piece of oak wood in the totes at all times. Raising Dubias is not rocket science and their care is overly complicated by most. I use no substrate and clean the totes every 6 months or so and pick up any uneaten food every time I feed. I like to feed them so they completely eat everything before I feed again, so more often than not there is nothing to clean out on feeding day.
  3. During the heat of summer when my roach room heater is off, I increase ventilation and feed whole organic carrots and oats primarily. I put in fresh carrots twice a week, remove uneaten carrot pieces and have no mold issues. Growth rates and reproduction levels seem unaffected by the abbreviated diet.
  4. Never tried the pellets. I do occasionally feed the small organic compressed alfalfa cubes. I peel a few layers off of one and it disappears in a few days. I have observed that only the small nymphs eat it. They swarm the alfalfa.
  5. I agree, Sandwich. I guess the bottom line is to watch the animals you are feeding the roaches to and experiment with different roach feed mixes until you find something that works.
  6. Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good. Lefty Gomez would be proud.
  7. Sorry for the late response...it has been very mild here as well. I saw some garter snakes sunning the other day, it was 65 and sunny. Go figure. It's interesting you bring up dried fruit. I get my a lot of my fruits, vegetables, rolled oats and barley at a Mennonite store nearby. The last time I was in there, I found organic dried figs and tried them with several species. They were eaten with gusto and because they are dried, the chance of mold is eliminated. Great supplemental food. It definitely sounds like you have the diet dialed in perfectly.
  8. In an effort to offer a fresh perspective, I will provide a link that I found a while ago and forgot about and found it again today when perusing the interwebs. It supports the use of less protein when raising Dubia Roaches. It is an interesting read with some decent links for those on the fence about the whole high protein verses low protein debate. https://dubiaroachdepot.com/guidance/dubia-roaches-dietary-protein
  9. You may want to try an Actinic light. I use Actinic lights on my tarantulas and scorpions. I have noticed that a lot of light sensitive species will display well under Actinic.
  10. Peppered, some Death Heads and Wide Horns. Actually, I believe my "Wide Horns" are P.vanwaerebecki x G. oblongonata. They stay in the open and are my two year old daughter's favorites.
  11. Agreed. The Peppered Roach belongs on that list.
  12. That sounds about perfect. My biggest problem with most commercial feed is the hidden preservatives, but if you use a high quality fish flake you will be golden. Using the dried milk and fish flakes as supplements is the way to go.
  13. Well, regardless of the different conclusions we draw based on our personal experience and research, this sure has been fun. Thank you, Sandwich. You're a good sport.
  14. Go back and really read what I posted. It is accurate. You are obviously upset, which was not my intention. I was trying to help you understand on a deeper level. Check this out, it may help...https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glycoprotein.
  15. I can't teach you organic chemistry. Glucosamine is an amino sugar, similar to melamine, in that it can give a false picture of true protein content. Remember the Chinese company that was boosting the protein analysis of baby formula with melamine? Same principle. Also, amino sugars are known to inhibit bacterial protein synthesis. Try to connect the dots.
  16. You weary me. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glucosamine
  17. Chitin itself contains glucosamine, which is a form of protein. Fact. The cuticle is not only Chitin, but various proteins as well. Fact. Do the math. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/096517489400052J
  18. Then don't be convinced. I can go look at thousands of Dubias right now and not see a single roach like those females. They were deformed. I saw your pictures, read your argument and I disagree. It also happened with Death Heads in significant numbers. You are operating under the assumption that cave dwelling roaches only inhabit caves and eat primarily guano. I think that would be the exception rather than the rule. You are also assuming that all guano has that level of protein. Finally, a part of that protein is found in the chitinous exoskeletons of the partially digested insects and would likely be difficult or impossible to digest, even for a roach.
  19. The deformed females were round. Round, like a circle. They got around and seem to function adequately. I used them as feeders, which I rarely do with my females. I have kept Orange Heads and they did well on the diet I feed. I kept the humidity higher and the population density lower and they did fine. As I stated before, I am not completely convinced protein content is the main or only issue. I do believe a lot of folks feed too much and the wrong kind of protein.
  20. I do not. I haven't seen one in years. They were bizarre.
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