Damon diadema and B. dubia

BQC123

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I was at the LPS and they had a couple left. We got them out and it turned out to be a pair. I had a bunch of credit to burn, so they came home with me.
They are awesome to look at, but to observe them feeding is incredible!

I fed crickets on the second night, which were eaten eagerly. The next day I found a freshly molted B. dubia nymph. I put it on the cork bark but it soon hit the substrate. About an hour later my female was on the substrate. That is a first, and I suspect she may have eaten it, as it was nowhere to be found.

I hope to get them eating roaches. I will try freshly molted at first, with crickets as well. I will update here as things progress. If they do not convert, I guess I am back in the cricket business. Totally worth it. Probably the coolest animals I have ever kept.
 

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I have and do feed mine small 1cm, and up to 3/4 of an inch hissers, they love them and seem to only have a small problem chasing them around till they're skewered and munched upon.
 

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I have been adding any small, freshly molted B.dubia I find. Also feeding crickets. So far only one B.dubia has been seen burrowing, so they are likely being eaten.

Today there was a spermatophore on the top of the cage. Hoping for the best.
 

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Well, just an update.
I started finding roaches uneaten. Even the crickets were lasting longer than they should.
The female was acting strange last week. Alone, unusual location, and not moving for a couple days. Then she started moving again, and I noticed eggs. I guess I'll hold off on the roaches for a while. After she starts eating again, I will try them once more.
 

BQC123

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Well, the B. dubia are definately not the food of choice for mine. After having babies the female eagerly took them, but now I find live roaches every time I am in the enclosure. They will take the occaisional individual, but are primarily eating crickets. I guess I try B. lateralis next. One positive note, the female is gravid again.
 

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I have and do feed mine small 1cm, and up to 3/4 of an inch hissers, they love them and seem to only have a small problem chasing them around till they're skewered and munched upon.
I do seem to be getting decent results by feeding hissers. Crickets are still best, but hissers do get eaten much more readily than the B. dubia.
 

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I have and do feed mine small 1cm, and up to 3/4 of an inch hissers, they love them and seem to only have a small problem chasing them around till they're skewered and munched upon.
Thanks for the reminder...I always have too many & this is a perfect way to keep numbers down.
 
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