Pharma Posted September 17, 2009 Share Posted September 17, 2009 Hi everyone I or better my B. craniifer 'ugly brown' (as you prefer to name our beautiful chocolate brown European 'strain') have a frequent problem: There are good times when nothing happens and such when most of them die shortly after the last molting (and only after that!). The chitin skeletons of the bodies are always nearly fully hardened and colored (I think therefore that they die within a few hours after molting) but they are very limp and feel mellow (like they were filled with some cream instead of muscles and intestines) when "normal dead" are already in a kind of rigor mortis. When I find them few days later they 'disintegrate' and fall into slimy pieces when I trie to lift them out. Another strange thing is, that I have three other B. craniifer strains and B. giganteus in neighboring boxes with the same parameters and food and without any problems, so it can't be a parasite like phoride flies (which I would see anyway), intoxicated food or poisonous items. Furthermore it can't be inbreeding (well, I do selective breeding with only a few specimens and therefore it is a lot of inbreeding...) because if it would be that, they would be normally dead (e.g. turning hard and not into 'jelly'). It can barely be bacteria, cause then I'd expect i) dead roaches after any stage of molting ii) no intervals and iii) the other strains should suffer the same problem. So for me the only thing that remains is humidity cause I keep all the death's heads in boxes where one part is dry and the other contains humidified soil and it could be by coincidence that I water only the 'ugly brown' a bit to much... but that is mere speculation. Does anyone has an idea what's going on with my roaches? Insufficient Voodoo spell ? Liebs Grüessli Andreas Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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