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Blatta lateralis cannibalism?

Discussion in 'Insects, Other Invertebrates & Arthropods' started by BoyFromLA, Jul 11, 2018.

  1. BoyFromLA

    BoyFromLA ‎٩(ˊᗜˋ*)و Arachnosupporter

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    This is something cuaght my eye just awhile ago as I was watching my B. lateralis colony. A couple of other roaches are attacking, and eating freshly molted roach. I know it happens a lot with crickets, but roaches?! This is very new to me.

     
  2. pannaking22

    pannaking22 Arachnoking Active Member

    Yeah I've seen it happen from time to time with lateralis. Other species are more prone to cannibalism than others, usually when it happens it's from stress. What are your conditions like?
     
  3. BoyFromLA

    BoyFromLA ‎٩(ˊᗜˋ*)و Arachnosupporter

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    In a 6x6x6” acrylic case with a row of vent holes. Approximately hundred of them in mixed sizes, provided with egg crates as hides.

    Feeding dried dog food once a week, occasionally sliced fresh vegetables.
     
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  4. MetalMan2004

    MetalMan2004 Arachnobaron Active Member

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    Following this as I’m starting a colony as we speak!
     
  5. pannaking22

    pannaking22 Arachnoking Active Member

    Hmm, I'd think that'd be fine. Maybe a bit more space, but I wouldn't think that would cause cannibalism. Hopefully it's just the random nibbling that they do and they aren't killing any of the freshly molted individuals.
     
  6. LdLrLyChLd

    LdLrLyChLd Arachnosquire

    I read once that they start to eat the eggs if they feel they’re lacking protein. Maybe make sure they have higher volumes of food or easier access to that food so they’re not so tempted to eat something live whether it’s a roach or an incubating ootheca