clay coda Posted August 22, 2018 Share Posted August 22, 2018 Dear friends of roaches, I have an all male colony of about twenty g. portentosa who appear to be displaying mating behaviors. At night, they hiss loudly and fight constantly, appearing to defend prime territory in their enclosure. The largest males especially then attempt end-to-end mating with other males, pushing out from their rear what I assume to be their sex organ. They try for about ten seconds while hissing before moving on, generally to fight another male. They appear healthy and the behavior is only potentially problematic for me as it is amazingly loud and goes all night. In the day they are relatively docile and quiet. In terms of environment, they live in a twenty gallon tank with many cork rounds and egg cartons to hide in which I've heard should be sufficient, but do they possibly need more space? They have constant access to dog food, fresh vegetables and water. Their enclosure doesn't mold over and I live in a warm area. The obvious explanation is a female is among them but I have twice sorted through every one by hand; they all have large protuberances and the additional sections on the underside of their abdomens. Is it possible they're just exhibiting homosexuality? Has anyone else seen this behavior in an all male colony? I can attempt to create footage of this behavior if people are interested. Thanks a million, 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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