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Axolotl

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About Axolotl

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    Michigan
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    Obsessed with roaches, beetles and teeny tiny spiders. I also love coffee and my zero dragon Witz.

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  1. Congrats! I've been following along with your journey. So happy that you're having success with these. I love your set ups. I've been doing something very similar for my P. magnifica and it seems to work quite well. I think the verticality is key. Please keep updating.
  2. How long have you had the bag of food? They might just be bored. I notice mine love certain foods for awhile (typically chow), but then won't eat it again until I break up the routine. If they don't eat it, you might as well be safe and just get a new fresh bag.
  3. I concur on the beetle jelly. Mine are nuts for the banana flavor. They also really like crushed, dried black soldier fly larvae and packaged moist grasshoppers. They eat way more insect protein than I would have thought.
  4. Go bioactive. Basic substrate: 30% organic compost, 30% coco fiber, 20% crushed hardwood leaves and 20% flake soil. Mix it all together, keep it damp and top with moist moss. Add some springtails, dwarf white isopods, red wrigglers and the beetles. Offer horizontally stacked bark and vertical bark. Lots of ventilation. That's been working for me for ages. They will always have the "runner smell," but personally I kind of don't mind the smell ... Okay I actually really like the smell. With that set up, you shouldn't need to separate the nymphs and ooths from the adults. The females will di
  5. I have both. Plenty of Deropeltis now, but I'm not parting with my E. davidi until I have a stable colony, which will likely be late spring. PM me for more info.
  6. I'm in awe. So much info and so well put together! I was unaware that our tiger hissers are likely Princisia. What are your thoughts on correcting the species name in the U.S. hobby? It seems like a major undertaking, but I would much prefer to use the actual species name rather than the commonly used name. Question on the Elliptorhina laevigata: My adult males look like sausages. They're so round I often mistake them for very, very gravid females. Is this characteristic of the species? And are they slow or difficult to breed? My females are equally fat (and have been for nearly 4 months
  7. @Beaker41 What a gorgeous girl! I'm curious... Did the nymphs survive? How many did she birth during the ordeal?
  8. Wish I still lived in San Diego!
  9. OMG. I immediately had adrenaline pumping through me. Do not joke of such things, for I will want them. I've always been fascinated by two-headed herps. Does that even happen with invertebrates?
  10. I have a cup full of old molts. It scares me every single time I find one, thinking I lost one.
  11. Yes, G. oblongota are available for purchase -- and they are amazing. So huge and very prone to "hissy fits." I recommend placing a wanted ad in the classifieds to find a breeder. I have a handful of small nymphs available, but you might want to find someone with adult pairs to jump start your colony. If you're interested, send me a private message.
  12. I have both in my Therea petiveriana (bioactive) terrarium, and haven't noticed any ill effects. They make for great decor, but I don't think they're eating them or hiding in them. C. schwarzi might use them as hides, though my schwarzi colony loved cork bark as a edible hide.
  13. I've had this flare up from time to time in several of my hisser colonies, though most often on G. oblongonota. I see it rarely, yet with enough regularity for me to also think it's related to a biochemical/bacterial/fungal imbalance. It seems to show up overnight and only affects a few individuals at a time. Perhaps the individuals mite count drops enough that the fungus can flourish? All of my hisser colonies have mites, so I'm not sure what triggers the white bloom. Maybe a mite die-off? I've long suspected that the white coating may be a fungus, though a benign one that doesn't seem
  14. I'm curious: Why are Henschoutedenia flexivitta and Nauphoeta cinerea referred to as "lobster roaches"? How did they get that name? Even using my imagination I can't see a resemblance to lobsters. And are they both called lobsters due to their similar appearance or were they once in the same genus?
  15. Arthur Aeluropoda said: Find yourself some fat millipedes @SirUblaberus. We just got some #SmokeyOaks and Gordon Roachsay has nothing on them. Their poop is delicious! Best part: Nymphs don't seem to want any. #foodhacks #dontjudge #findyourownfood #moreforme LadyLat said: Just laid my first ooth. It took awhile to bury it because the other moms-to-be kept stealing my moss, but it's now tucked away safely underground. Time for some Bug Burger. I'm starving! #momlife #healthyeats
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