Are hissers cannibalistic?

craze horse

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I have a dozen adult hissers which are quite happy and I've posted before that I've not seen any young for a while, as in they've all vanished. Last night I lifted a piece of bark and 1 single youngster ran out ! I say young about a half inch in length. Could they're have been others that were eaten or is this the chosen one ?!!!
 

Marijan2

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they'll eat only the dead ones. only way i see them eating their own is if they don't have enough food in their tank
 

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Baby sweetcorn, broccoli, lettuce, cabbage, asparagus tips anything that's available. Always a couple of jellies in there as well as constantly sprayed. This thread is pointless now as I just moved the three pieces of bark which are overlapped to see how many were around adults included and it appears they've been playing hide an seek. I must have at least 10 fully grown adults and about 30 babies at least. All around the inch mark. Since the cooler weather here I have put a heat mat in and they're all hidden away and warm. Just didn't realise they could have all been in that one spot. Must be a very close family....
 

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Have just found out that sometimes hissers will eat each other when shedding !!!! I just had a grand count of my adults as I did have 12....... now I have 6. Explains a lot ! Gonna seperate them tomorrow I think. Keep all the males seperated. And there are 5 adults !
 

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You need to occasionally feed them dog food for protein otherwise they will cannibalize freshly molted individuals.
 

craze horse

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You need to occasionally feed them dog food for protein otherwise they will cannibalize freshly molted individuals.
This is where I've gone wrong. I thought the jelly were protein ? I've found a few molted exo skeletons recently and wondered why they hadn't been eaten. Obviously because they've been eating the hisser. Are we talking dry dog food or wet ? Any other protein supplement I can give ?
 

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Dry food is fine, you can also provide cuttlefish bone for calcium. I've found that pond sticks make a great additional dry food as it contains spirulina powder.
 

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This is where I've gone wrong. I thought the jelly were protein ? I've found a few molted exo skeletons recently and wondered why they hadn't been eaten. Obviously because they've been eating the hisser. Are we talking dry dog food or wet ? Any other protein supplement I can give ?
what kind of jelly we are you talking about? i though only jelly used in invert feed is water jelly/crystals which isn't really needed but to each his own i guess. Is yours something different?
 

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They will do it sometimes. I feed my Hissers dry cat food (blue buffalo), romaine lettuce, apples, bananas, oranges, watermelon, mango, carrots, moist white bread, beef/chicken/turkey/banana-orange baby food (no spices or lemon juice), and dry oak tree leaves. I've had one attack and that's it mine are very well fed.
 

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I wish they were more cannibalistic, I have thousands of them, I use them as feeders. Is it possible they are getting out? Babies are very light so they can slooowly cross a Vaseline barrier. I use olive oil, messy looking but it works and there's nobody else here to complain about it.
 

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Yeah some sort of dog/cat/fish food is needed for protein, the beetle/roach jellies don't have that much protien in them, I think they are more like treats. Without protein they'll cannibalize each other, especially freshly molted individuals.
 

craze horse

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Well ive been giving them dried dog food and also fish flakes. I've noticed a lot of the dog food getting smaller where they've been eating it. Do they have a preference for fruit that's gone off ? I've noticed they never touched the apple in there until it turned. I've also found TWO more adults
They're very big and I don't know how I could possibly have missed them. I laugh when people specify that you must have ridiculous sized homes for even a few roaches, I read somewhere that 5 gallon tank for 5 roaches ! I'm not sure the exact size of mine probs two at best, and my roaches rarely come out from under there Cork bark except for at night when they're clearly partying.
 

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I've been keeping hissers for years and I've never seen any cannibalistic behavior.
 

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Yeah some sort of dog/cat/fish food is needed for protein, the beetle/roach jellies don't have that much protien in them, I think they are more like treats. Without protein they'll cannibalize each other, especially freshly molted individuals.
Yeah, those jellies are just flavored and colored sugar with some solidifying agent -- no protein -- and strangely, NONE of my roaches will touch the stuff. :confused:
 

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I asked in my local rep shop and he said a few of them do specifically contain protein but the rest are just a sugary substance. My roaches love em. And even more so fish flakes along with they're dog food. Sure I heard one bark......
 

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Oh man. I don't believe it
I always hear scurrying but don't see much movement with my hissers. Amazed at how noisey so few could be. Last night I saw a juvenile at the top of the exo terra viv and I thought I hope he doesn't go down one of the tiny gaps....... 14808431196901402294248.jpg 1480843157275-433122383.jpg
 

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I've counted 25 youngsters all alive and happy and 3 adults. Will rescue them shortly and give them a good telling off ......
 
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