An UN ROACHLIKE feeder roach!

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I know that many of us have other pet reptiles and amphibians, etc. And we feed crickets and other insects.
I also assume that I'm not the only one that draws the line at handling and dealing with feeder roaches.
Recently I found these on the Chameleon forum. HORSESHOE CRAB ROACHES.
They don't climb. The don't fly and they move slowly. All very un roach like.
I've just started a colony.
30+ mixed sized individuals for $55 shipped.
They all arrived healthy.
They can live and even breed at temperatures from 60 to 90.
I'm housing them on damp Orchid bark with dry oak leaf litter on top.
I'm feeding cut vegetables and REPASHY BUG BURGER.
The adults are still a bit creepy. But only at first.
This might be a doable option for you.
I'm pretty enthusiastic about them.
I actually fed 3 of them off to my Chameleons this morning.
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Very similar to Dubia (I think they are related)...also flightless, climbless, easy keepers.

Dubia are very quick in Scurry mode - are these slow moving?

I keep Dubia substrate-free with cardboard tubes for hides...their urine is pretty stinky, and substrate just borks.
 

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Very similar to Dubia (I think they are related)...also flightless, climbless, easy keepers.

Dubia are very quick in Scurry mode - are these slow moving?

I keep Dubia substrate-free with cardboard tubes for hides...their urine is pretty stinky, and substrate just borks.
These seem to require hardwood leaf litter and are said to be odorless.
They actually live partially underground.
Even the too small Deli cup they arrived in smelled like nothing.
Dubia are now illegal in Florida and they are too creepy as far as I'm concerned.
These are right at my tolerance level.
 

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Very cool. I hope they do well for you. This is a species I never kept for some reason. Don't know why I didn't try them out back in my roach keeping days.
 

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Very cool. I hope they do well for you. This is a species I never kept for some reason. Don't know why I didn't try them out back in my roach keeping days.
I can handle them.
The chams eat them.
The wife doesn't know that I have them.
So all is well at the moment.
Hopefully I can have them thrive and not die on me.
 

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I know that many of us have other pet reptiles and amphibians, etc. And we feed crickets and other insects.
I also assume that I'm not the only one that draws the line at handling and dealing with feeder roaches.
Recently I found these on the Chameleon forum. HORSESHOE CRAB ROACHES.
They don't climb. The don't fly and they move slowly. All very un roach like.
I've just started a colony.
30+ mixed sized individuals for $55 shipped.
They all arrived healthy.
They can live and even breed at temperatures from 60 to 90.
I'm housing them on damp Orchid bark with dry oak leaf litter on top.
I'm feeding cut vegetables and REPASHY BUG BURGER.
The adults are still a bit creepy. But only at first.
This might be a doable option for you.
I'm pretty enthusiastic about them.
I actually fed 3 of them off to my Chameleons this morning.
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I know that many of us have other pet reptiles and amphibians, etc. And we feed crickets and other insects.
I also assume that I'm not the only one that draws the line at handling and dealing with feeder roaches.
Recently I found these on the Chameleon forum. HORSESHOE CRAB ROACHES.
They don't climb. The don't fly and they move slowly. All very un roach like.
I've just started a colony.
30+ mixed sized individuals for $55 shipped.
They all arrived healthy.
They can live and even breed at temperatures from 60 to 90.
I'm housing them on damp Orchid bark with dry oak leaf litter on top.
I'm feeding cut vegetables and REPASHY BUG BURGER.
The adults are still a bit creepy. But only at first.
This might be a doable option for you.
I'm pretty enthusiastic about them.
I actually fed 3 of them off to my Chameleons this morning.
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Do they breed faster than dubia?
 

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Very similar to Dubia (I think they are related)...also flightless, climbless, easy keepers.

Dubia are very quick in Scurry mode - are these slow moving?

I keep Dubia substrate-free with cardboard tubes for hides...their urine is pretty stinky, and substrate just borks.
I had Dubai. They are not climbless. I had them escape my tort shed, would not keep them in the house. Some got out of their bin and some how got into the garage half which has a wall in between garage and tort shed. I have no idea how they did it but they sure can climb. I got rid if them after that.
 

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I can handle them.
The chams eat them.
The wife doesn't know that I have them.
So all is well at the moment.
Hopefully I can have them thrive and not die on me.
Lol, when I first had my dubias that Tom talked me into lol. We had our 3 flat we rented out. Some of the roaches I fed my Cham got out. I didnt tell my hubby, he hated the idea of having them incase they invaded our renters apartments. I quickly search all over and luckily got them all, I think and stopped using them. We had already had cricket invasion into the other apartments. Yikes!
 

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Lol, when I first had my dubias that Tom talked me into lol. We had our 3 flat we rented out. Some of the roaches I fed my Cham got out. I didnt tell my hubby, he hated the idea of having them incase they invaded our renters apartments. I quickly search all over and luckily got them all, I think and stopped using them. We had already had cricket invasion into the other apartments. Yikes!
At least ur safe w the Dubias.. they need hot and humid to breed. Not like ur normal roach. Crickets will drive u crazy chirping all night hiding in ur house lol
 

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I know that many of us have other pet reptiles and amphibians, etc. And we feed crickets and other insects.
I also assume that I'm not the only one that draws the line at handling and dealing with feeder roaches.
Recently I found these on the Chameleon forum. HORSESHOE CRAB ROACHES.
They don't climb. The don't fly and they move slowly. All very un roach like.
I've just started a colony.
30+ mixed sized individuals for $55 shipped.
They all arrived healthy.
They can live and even breed at temperatures from 60 to 90.
I'm housing them on damp Orchid bark with dry oak leaf litter on top.
I'm feeding cut vegetables and REPASHY BUG BURGER.
The adults are still a bit creepy. But only at first.
This might be a doable option for you.
I'm pretty enthusiastic about them.
I actually fed 3 of them off to my Chameleons this morning.
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Geez ZP.. u got rid of ur giant roach prob and now ur inviting them haha
 

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At least ur safe w the Dubias.. they need hot and humid to breed. Not like ur normal roach. Crickets will drive u crazy chirping all night hiding in ur house lol
Oh they bred really well when they were kept in the tortoise shed. I only had one cham to feed them to so I had lots of breeder sized ones. When they started getting out and invading the garage I was done with them.
 

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Oh they bred really well when they were kept in the tortoise shed. I only had one cham to feed them to so I had lots of breeder sized ones. When they started getting out and invading the garage I was done with them.
Short of the tote flipping over and the lid falling off, these aren't going anywhere.
And if they did. They're so slow that even I can grab them.
 

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Ive had dubias for many years back in my lizard days and have never had any escapes

Ditto...since 2001 my colony stays in a series of acrylic containers. I keep pieces of cheesecloth closed in the lids to keep out fruit flies and fungus gnats. I never find any roaches on the cheesecloth, even though their stacks of paper tubes come quite close to the top.

But they are a bit on the bug-stinky side and require heat, so I'm fascinated that there might be an easier-keeper. Especially here in the oak forest...
 

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Ditto...since 2001 my colony stays in a series of acrylic containers. I keep pieces of cheesecloth closed in the lids to keep out fruit flies and fungus gnats. I never find any roaches on the cheesecloth, even though their stacks of paper tubes come quite close to the top.

But they are a bit on the bug-stinky side and require heat, so I'm fascinated that there might be an easier-keeper. Especially here in the oak forest...
Damn.. do i smell that bad?? Ive never noticed any smell from them lol i just kept them in plastic totes with egg crates standing straight up and would dump out once a week . But id only order a thousand at a time
 
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