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Is My Hissing Cockroach Pregnant?

Discussion in 'Insects, Other Invertebrates & Arthropods' started by Roachesintheivy, Jun 14, 2018.

  1. Roachesintheivy

    Roachesintheivy Arachnopeon

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    Very recently- just a couple days ago, actually -I received a starter colony of hissing cockroaches. The colony has several adults and several nymphs. I picked up one of the (presumed) adult females this morning and I noticed she seemed unusually fat. However, I'm pretty inexperienced, so I don't know how to tell for sure. I have not seen an ootheca poke out of her body, but I know that's rare to see.

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    This is her. After realizing she may be pregnant, I quickly set up a small enclosure for her in a critter carrier (one of those little things you can get at walmart or any petstore).

    Also, her name is Crabmeat, by request of a friend.

    Sorry that the image is so large, I'm still figuring out how to use the forums and their functions
     
  2. Roachesintheivy

    Roachesintheivy Arachnopeon

    UPDATE: She's mostly been huddled up in the critter keeper all day, and I can see her doing small "breathing" or "heaving" motions, moving her abdomen up and down ever so slightly. Is this a sign of molt or pregnancy? I would very much appreciate a comment!

    (and Crabmeat would probably appreciate it to; I'm already trying to cater to her every need.)
     
  3. Roachesintheivy

    Roachesintheivy Arachnopeon

    Update: she definitely was. I am now the proud grandparent of lots of little roach babies.