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  1. Tleilaxu

    Tleilaxu Arachnoprince Old Timer

    The Cheddar Cheese Balls. My new, and possibly temporary Pycnoscelus surinamensis colony.


    For the substrate I used the soil where I found most of them and mixed it with leaves, similar to the place where I caught them. It's namely sandy soil mixed with dead leaves.


    As fate would have it, despite the fact the adults could easily climb glass, they cannot for some reason climb this type of plastic.

    It was not long before I added our first um guest, an adult female.


    After gathering some rotting wood and a few sturdy leaves here is the end result. Food is a chunk of banana and two pieces of dog food.

    As you can see I've also caught a few isopods as a clean up crew, I will need to add more than the four currently in there, I have two separate species.


    After a watering mishap I had to rearrange some things and replace the dog food that got splashed.

    As you can see, the isopods seem to like the new enclosure, the roaches are currently underground.

    And here is the final roach added for now.

    I'm probably going to catch a few more, congrats and well done to @Hisserdude for the positive ID based off a tiny nymph.

    I'm anxious to see how prolific they are since this is a parthenogenetic species. As of now the total is two adults and one nymph.
    Last edited: May 19, 2017 at 5:24 PM
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  2. Tleilaxu

    Tleilaxu Arachnoprince Old Timer

    As a bonus here is the nymph. Quite the glass climber, foiled by the enclosure.

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  3. VolkswagenBug

    VolkswagenBug Arachnosquire Active Member

    It seems like it's hard for climbing roaches to scale rounded tubs like that one. Cheese ball (apparently) and Red Vines tubs work well for containment, in my experience.
  4. Hisserdude

    Hisserdude Arachnoprince Active Member

    Very nice, they'll do well in that setup! :) They are extremely easy to care for and very prolific once they get going, my main culture isn't doing so well ATM, mainly due to overpopulation! So I've separated a few individuals and am trying to sell the rest via Craigslist.
  5. Tleilaxu

    Tleilaxu Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Well if I ever get too many they can go in here...

    And the clean up crew is wasting no time in doing their job.

    One of the adults came out and is trying and succeeding in stealing a whole piece of dog food, not to mention has made a visible bite mark into it...

    It should be noted that they can apparently see "blacklight flashlights" UV spectrum and hide when illuminated for a few seconds, same with my scorpion, but it has a much harsher reaction than the roaches do.
    Last edited: May 20, 2017 at 12:47 AM
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  6. Hisserdude

    Hisserdude Arachnoprince Active Member

    Lol yeah you should be covered when it comes to crowd control! :D

    Haha, reminds me of my darkling beetles, they always try to steal whole pieces of kibble for themselves, carrying them away from the main feeding area! :p
  7. Tleilaxu

    Tleilaxu Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Got some more isopods, I have around six of each species, I have two separate species, one that rolls into a ball and another that is exceedingly fast, especially when compared to the isopods up north.


    These are the fast ones. The pillbugs can be seen in the opening post.
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  8. Hisserdude

    Hisserdude Arachnoprince Active Member

    You have Armadillidium vulgare and Porcellionides pruinosus/floria (really have no idea how to tell those two apart, they are almost identical).