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Hello Everyone, my name is Roger,

I currently own roaches as both pets and feeders. I currently have about 25 Madagascar hissing roaches, 250 Dubias (both as feeders and selectively breeding them for color traits) and 50 Discoides roaches. In spite having a glass climbing species (the hissers) I tend to prefer species that either prefer not to climb or are non climbing species. I used to have a decent sized colony of Blaberus giganteus and I'm definitely thinking of getting them again along with trying to breed a colony of Peppered roaches as well however I was always wondered how many exotic pet roach species there are out there and are they any exceptionally colorful or bold species that are available as pets in the US? For the most part the species I know about are the ones that Peter Clausen sells on his website but I do wonder if there are other's more colorful, bolder or larger species such as species in the genus Megaloblatta that are available for captive breeding? If anyone can answer these questions I would be most grateful. Aside from that I have known about this website mostly coming across it by accident in the past looking for insect online stores and such but I never considered joining until Peter Clausen mentioned about this site to me in an online conversation. Its great to be among like minded people and I am very happy to be here aside from that I also like giant beetles so if anyone is giving away giant beetles or roaches please let me know I'm usually interested. If anyone needs any help with rearing, diet or some breeding tips let me know as well I'm always willing to help and I've been experimented with the roaches diets, environment, and lighting to see what happens so far the results are interesting.

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Welcome to the forum Roger! :)

Nice collection, CA has quite a few interesting native species that many people would love to get in culture, both roaches and beetles. :)

Roachcrossing.com is a great place to both buy roaches and to read upon them, he has most of the species that are available in the US for sale and has care information for them as well.

There are plenty of cool roaches in the hobby, most admittedly are different shades of brown and black but there are definitely some colorful species in the hobby as well, for example Panchlora nivea, Therea regularis, Eurycotis decipiens, the Gyna species, etc.

Megoloblatta is not in the US hobby, never has been unfortunately. Blaberus giganteus is as close as you'll get in terms of length, and they are not the easiest species to breed.

Glad you joined the forum, hope you enjoy it here! :)

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Welcome to the forum Roger, glad to have another eager roach hobbyist on here! :)

Pseudomops septentrionalis( Bordered Field Roach) is another colorful species that is in the U.S trade. Wish Megaloblatta was in the hobby as well, they look so prehistoric and massive! As Hisserdude said B.giganteus is pretty much the longest roach in the hobby. Macropanesthia rhinoceros is also very large, but very rarely ever available. I've got some Eurycotis decipiens and they are truly one of the most colorfully patterned species in the hobby, I ordered them from Kyle Kandilian from Roachcrossing.com, he has them available with virtually every other species available in the U.S.

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Welcome to the forum Roger! :)

Nice collection, CA has quite a few interesting native species that many people would love to get in culture, both roaches and beetles. :)

Roachcrossing.com is a great place to both buy roaches and to read upon them, he has most of the species that are available in the US for sale and has care information for them as well.

There are plenty of cool roaches in the hobby, most admittedly are different shades of brown and black but there are definitely some colorful species in the hobby as well, for example Panchlora nivea, Therea regularis, Eurycotis decipiens, the Gyna species, etc.

Megoloblatta is not in the US hobby, never has been unfortunately. Blaberus giganteus is as close as you'll get in terms of length, and they are not the easiest species to breed.

Glad you joined the forum, hope you enjoy it here! :)

I've actually had some success with breeding Blaberus giganteus although the attention needed for their needs is certainly not something to laugh at especially since males are so aggressive towards each other and fights can end in missing limbs and antennas. I had considered the gorgeous Panchlora nivea and its relatives but I have no way to properly contain the glass climbing and flying adults of the species.
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Welcome! The available species change somewhat regularly because there aren't many people who keep more than fifty species, most just a few.

Are there any glow spot roaches available in the hobby nowadays?
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Welcome to the forum Roger, glad to have another eager roach hobbyist on here! :)

Pseudomops septentrionalis( Bordered Field Roach) is another colorful species that is in the U.S trade. Wish Megaloblatta was in the hobby as well, they look so prehistoric and massive! As Hisserdude said B.giganteus is pretty much the longest roach in the hobby. Macropanesthia rhinoceros is also very large, but very rarely ever available. I've got some Eurycotis decipiens and they are truly one of the most colorfully patterned species in the hobby, I ordered them from Kyle Kandilian from Roachcrossing.com, he has them available with virtually every other species available in the U.S.

Interesting the Orin roach is captive bred in the states I didn't know that along with the bordered field roach both I need to do research on before I consider breeding but thanks for the tip :D
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Welcome to the forum Roger! :)

Nice collection, CA has quite a few interesting native species that many people would love to get in culture, both roaches and beetles. :)

Roachcrossing.com is a great place to both buy roaches and to read upon them, he has most of the species that are available in the US for sale and has care information for them as well.

There are plenty of cool roaches in the hobby, most admittedly are different shades of brown and black but there are definitely some colorful species in the hobby as well, for example Panchlora nivea, Therea regularis, Eurycotis decipiens, the Gyna species, etc.

Megoloblatta is not in the US hobby, never has been unfortunately. Blaberus giganteus is as close as you'll get in terms of length, and they are not the easiest species to breed.

Glad you joined the forum, hope you enjoy it here! :)

OMG I just checked out the Roach Crossing website it is amazing!!! thanks for showing this site to me!!!!!
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I've actually had some success with breeding Blaberus giganteus although the attention needed for their needs is certainly not something to laugh at especially since males are so aggressive towards each other and fights can end in missing limbs and antennas. I had considered the gorgeous Panchlora nivea and its relatives but I have no way to properly contain the glass climbing and flying adults of the species.

Yeah, I've heard B.giganteus can be a pain, not only because of the territorial males, but also the weird random die offs that fresh adults tend to have.

Are there any glow spot roaches available in the hobby nowadays?

Yeah, here in the US we got Lucihormetica subcincta and L.verrucosa available, in Europe they also have L.grossei.

Interesting the Orin roach is captive bred in the states I didn't know that along with the bordered field roach both I need to do research on before I consider breeding but thanks for the tip :D

Well of course it is, Orin lives here after all, and of course he'd have them. :D I actually got mine from him, they truly are beautiful!

Pseudomops septentrionalis is great too, unfortunately both species can climb so you may not want them. BTW there are some great airtight containers out there, some you can get from the dollar tree even, so what exactly is preventing you from containing climbers? Just curious.

OMG I just checked out the Roach Crossing website it is amazing!!! thanks for showing this site to me!!!!!

No problem, happy to help! :) He said he was going to update the site last month and add a whole bunch more species for sale but he's late it seems, probably been too busy.

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Yeah, I've heard B.giganteus can be a pain, not only because of the territorial males, but also the weird random die offs that fresh adults tend to have.

Yeah, here in the US we got Lucihormetica subcincta and L.verrucosa available, in Europe they also have L.grossei.

Well of course it is, Orin lives here after all, and of course he'd have them. :D I actually got mine from him, they truly are beautiful!

Pseudomops septentrionalis is great too, unfortunately both species can climb so you may not want them. BTW there are some great airtight containers out there, some you can get from the dollar tree even, so what exactly is preventing you from containing climbers? Just curious.

No problem, happy to help! :) He said he was going to update the site last month and add a whole bunch more species for sale but he's late it seems, probably been too busy.

Interesting ok cuz I'm definitely interested in breeding L verrucosa especially because I've been hearing a lot that if you feed the roaches fluorescent or bioluminescent mushrooms it can recreate the bioluminescent effect they have in the wild.

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Interesting ok cuz I'm definitely interested in breeding L verrucosa especially because I've been hearing a lot that if you feed the roaches fluorescent or bioluminescent mushrooms it can recreate the bioluminescent effect they have in the wild.

Well that's the rumor, unfortunately it does not seem like anyone has tried it, so I don't know if that is a viable method. If you do try culturing luminescent mushrooms and feeding them to the roaches, let us know how it goes! :)

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I found a site that sells a kit for growing these mushrooms here's a link if it's what your looking for http://www.blackjungleterrariumsupply.com/Bioluminescent-Glow-in-the-Dark-Mushroom-Habitat-Kit_p_1965.html

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Well that's the rumor, unfortunately it does not seem like anyone has tried it, so I don't know if that is a viable method. If you do try culturing luminescent mushrooms and feeding them to the roaches, let us know how it goes! :)

I definitely will and if I can I will be more then happy to provide pictures as well because for some reason images of lucihormetica species glowing in the dark seem to be very scarce.
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You can buy the glow mushroom kits on Amazon for $18.95

You can buy the glow mushroom kits on Amazon for $18.95

Oh yeah I've seen them but I need to get some freshly cut wood first to culture the fungi on

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I found a site that sells a kit for growing these mushrooms here's a link if it's what your looking for http://www.blackjung...Kit_p_1965.html

I checked out the site a couple of weeks ago and they have a wider array of glowing fungi but I found some of their kits are cheaper on Amazon overall including shipping I guess they have a partnership with Amazon.com.

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