Cold tolerant roaches

lazarus

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I want to establish a feeder roach colony but I don't want to bother heating their enclosure. So what roach is able to reproduce at 20-22 Celsius (68-72 F)?

From what I read Blatta orientalis seem to be a good choice, what do you guys think? Do you have any other recommendation? I don't need them to be fast breeder (i only have 2 Ts and a gecko for now)
 

Vfox

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If you're not worried about the speed of reproduction I would use dubia roaches. Mine were at room temp, about what you mentioned, for quite a long time and they still bred; but it was at a very slow rate. The Blatta orientalis or lateralis would work but are not quite as hardy as the dubia.
 

odiakkoh

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As already stated dubias will breed at that temp range. Not as fast as if it was hotter but after 5 months or so most people have roaches in surplus anyway.
 

bugmankeith

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What about those wild roaches that you find eating decayed wood, we have them here and the Winter can sometimes reach 0. They are reddish-brown and black.
 

Vfox

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What about those wild roaches that you find eating decayed wood, we have them here and the Winter can sometimes reach 0. They are reddish-brown and black.
The pa wood roach would work great if you can actually find some.
 

dtknow

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I lt my dubia flunctuate with room temp. Seems like they are on a yearly cycle. Most of the nymphs mature in early summer and by the end of summer lots of little uns. I go ahead and feed off most of the older, more tattered looking adults. By November it is getting down to 60 or so and breeding/growing pretty much stops.

Oh yeah-lobsters will also work. A little too well...IMO
 

lazarus

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i got some dubias and some lateralis (the seller advertised them as orientalis but I think they're actually lateralis because males have yellowish wings that cover all their body)
 

v1641

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If you want to breed a roach colony with roaches which can tolerate cold temperatures around 20 Celsius then one has to do a good study to select the correct breed. You don’t have to give extra attention to the temperature for them. The dubia seems to be a very good option for this temperature but only problem is their breeding rate. They seem to reproduce at a very small rate. One more interesting find is the easily available roaches on the wood. They also suit well to this temperature.
 

ZephAmp

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Pycnoscelus surinamensis, Blatta lateralis, and Hemiblabera tenebricosa, as well as most Eublaberus species, will reproduce very quickly even in cooler conditions.
 
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