Sylva Ansuz Posted July 25, 2011 Share Posted July 25, 2011 Hi all! I just recently adopted 2 Madagascar hissing cockroaches who belonged to a colony of feeders that was brought into the wildlife center where I volunteer. After setting up a tank with lots of hiding places and providing an under- tank heater, I was pleased to discover that the roaches are interesting and very lively! I have 2 males, and named them Andre and Gregor. I cannot, however, tell them apart after Gregor molted (which was the subject of another post: I want to mark them somehow so I can tell them apart). It's been a long time since I've had an insect pet (I had large Asian millipedes in the past, and a few others), and several years since I've had any kind of small pet. When it comes to insects, though, I'm also very interested in butterflies and also (especially!) large native moths, and I volunteer in a butterfly house. Anyway, I'd love to talk with other people who have pet cockroaches, either here or on Facebook. I have lots of photos and videos of mine! I've had trouble uploading the photos to this site, unfortunately, but I'll try again. I do have some good ones, including some of Gregor's molt, which I just happened to witness! I have lots of questions about my roaches which I'm sure I'll pose as time goes on. I would like to ask, though, what some of their favorite foods happen to be. I've read that they eat mostly vegetation, but I haven't observed mine eating much of anything, although I can tell that they are eating (as I've found lots of excrement in their cage). I've read that many people feed them dry dog food (is that correct?) but I've been offering mine a smorgasbord of different veggies and such also. The only thing I've seen one of them eat was some applesauce. I was wondering... if they cannot bite a human, how can they eat dry dog food? I mean, it's rather hard! I've tried moistening what I'm offering them to see if they prefer it that way. I haven't noticed that it makes a difference. I've also read that they love to eat carrots, but I have the same question about that- carrots, too, are hard! Thanks in advance for your welcome and advice! 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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