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MY HISSING COCKROACH JUST HAD A SEIZURE IN MY HAND

Discussion in 'Insects, Other Invertebrates & Arthropods' started by Fredericusrex, Jun 6, 2018.

  1. ErinM31

    ErinM31 Arachnoangel Active Member

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    Sorry for your loss! :( You did the best you could for him!

    I had not said anything previously as I hadn’t any idea what could be wrong if not pesticide exposure.

    Do you know how old he was? Some older T’s I’ve had exhibited a decrease in coordination, but nothing like a seizure, and roaches I’ve lost to old age (no hissers yet) have just slowed down until they passed.

    Were there too their symptoms or signs that make you suspect a parasite? I am not familiar with those that may affect roaches, although I would think a specific parasite unlikely as any that prey on hissers would not be found in the U.S. and hissers have been in captivity for a while now... Perhaps it was a genetic condition that revealed itself with age? There are certainly plenty such maladies that effect other animals and I would be surprised if insects did not have similar.
     
  2. Fredericusrex

    Fredericusrex Arachnosquire Active Member

    I saw something veiny and black in his neck which wasn't there before, and it could be a worm. I don't have any more evidence, but the seizures started really suddenly and continued every 15 minutes from then on until he had a huge one and died. I think if it was genetic, I would see the seizures earlier and he would have died slower.
     
  3. ErinM31

    ErinM31 Arachnoangel Active Member

    Some genetic diseases exhibit a threshold effect with pathology appearing suddenly and severe, but I agree that it is not the most likely explanation.

    I would not expect that an internal parasite would cause deformation of the exoskeleton such as you describe... but then I cannot think of what would. :confused:

    Do you have other roaches? It might be a good idea to clean and replace everything in case it was a parasite or toxin.
     
  4. Fredericusrex

    Fredericusrex Arachnosquire Active Member

    No, he is my only one.

    Anyway, genetic disease is really possible, because he has aged quite quickly for a roach. He started losing his Tarsis about a year and a half after being with me.
     
  5. dragonfire1577

    dragonfire1577 Arachnobaron Active Member

    I have seen some old hissers and peppered roaches spasm and fall over when they walk, they usually don't last long after. If you had him a year and a half and got him as mature he's probably two plus years old, and thats a pretty normal age for a male hisser.
     
  6. Fredericusrex

    Fredericusrex Arachnosquire Active Member

    Ah, thank you.