wodesorel Posted September 29, 2011 Share Posted September 29, 2011 Hi everyone! I got my first roaches last weekend. It was supposed to be just some Dubia so I could start a small colony to have on hand for my Emperor Scorpions, but my pet shop lady had also gotten a pair of hissers and it was love at first sight. I could tell that she had wanted to keep them for herself as it was the first time she had gotten them in, but I think she gave in and sold them since it was us. (My hubby and I are crazy pet people, and in the last few months I've been turning into an invert person.) I've been wanting hissers since I saw them as a child at a summer library program, so I'm just thrilled they're now a part of the family! I have a very tiny invert room that is heated to 80-85 degrees (gradient in the room) so the roaches are in there with the Emps, and also my hermit crab molting isolation tanks. So I have a male and female adult dubia and about 18 nymphs in a 25G storage bin. Very basic - just some branches and some peat moss for substrate. It's only the two scorpions for now that need the food, so I just want to have a tiny colony to supplement their crickets and so maybe I can trade some in here and there for store credit. The male and female hissers have their own 20G long and I'm looking forward to babies. They are being kept as pets, and I think they're just hysterical. The male talks to himself as he's moving around and bumping into things. Such a character! This is their home: Here is the male: And the female (she's shyer and I haven't touched her since the first night): I do have a few questions! 1. I was told that the hissers are most likely a G. oblongata and G. portentosa hybrid. Do you think this may be the case? If so, then any excess young will be used or sold as feeders as I don't want to muddle the gene lines. 2. What's the ideal humidity for the dubia and for the hissers? I have the dubia at around 60%RH, and the hissers at 80%RH. I'm finding a lot of conflicting info out there and I wondered if there is an accepted "good" range for them. 3. Sounds silly, but can the male hisser hurt me? He's gotten very frisky since we got him home, and he now kicks the heck out of me when I try to pick him up. It was enough to be uncomfortable so I stopped, but is it possible for him to break skin? If the kicking is the worst he can do then I won't worry about it, but I draw the line if he could draw blood. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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