Hissers chewing through screen

EulersK

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So, this may be a silly question, but can hissing roaches (or any large roach, really) chew through screen? I know that dubia can't just by trying it myself, but I'd rather not run this experiment on my new hissing colonies. Rather than poke a million tiny holes for ventilation, I'd like to just cut a large hole in the lid and hot glue screen over it like I did with my dubia. Or should I just not risk it and make all the tiny holes?
 

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The plastic/nylon screen maybe but if you bought the metal I don't think they could get through that. I have a small colony but they are housed in a XL KK with Vaseline barrier.
 

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As long as it was some type of metal like @sdsnybny said you should be fine. Mine aren't kept with a screen, but I don't think their jaws are powerful enough to chew through metal or even standard plastics. Giant hole with screen will work wonders, and if you don't already have plans for a barrier then you may want one. Helps when you open the lid that they can't run out :D
 

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As long as it was some type of metal like @sdsnybny said you should be fine. Mine aren't kept with a screen, but I don't think their jaws are powerful enough to chew through metal or even standard plastics. Giant hole with screen will work wonders, and if you don't already have plans for a barrier then you may want one. Helps when you open the lid that they can't run out :D
Oh of course, I'll certainly be doing that. The screen that I've been using is specifically for large panels, meaning it's a bit heavier duty than the normal ones you'd have on your windows. It's not metal, but it's actually dulled my scissors from cutting it. So it should be fine.
 

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Sounds perfect! Just curious, what type of hissers? Just the Madagascars, or something more exotic like javanicas?
 

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Sounds perfect! Just curious, what type of hissers? Just the Madagascars, or something more exotic like javanicas?
Yes :D



Pretty sure the Gromphs are hybrids based on their massive size variations. Some are 3", most are 4", and a few are 5". I'm going to pluck out the largest of them and start a colony of (hopefully) giants. The smalls will likely be pulled out entirely once the colony gets going.
 

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Holy... 5"? My oblongata only get about 4"! Hope your colony does well, love hissers ;)
I know, they're freakishly large. There's only 3 (that I saw) that are that size, I'll have a better count when I house them properly tomorrow. The java's are adorable, those are cool just as a pet.

Generally speaking, are hissers about a 50/50 sex ratio? I got these primarily because many of my customers buying dubia want larger feeders. As you know, MM dubia are tiny and I'm not about to sell my MF's as a common feeder. I mean, the java's are bigger than AF dubias even as nymphs, so that takes care of the problem. But I'd love to kill two birds with one stone - cull the males and make a good sale in one go. What sex ratio do you aim for, if I may ask? The general consensus seems to be around what dubia are - roughly 3:1.
 

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I'd sat it's about the same for hissers. I haven't had mine long, but the large hissers tand to be very territorial between males. They really like to fight, do maybe even 1:4? Mine haven't bred for me yet, but I just know males are pretty territorial, especially species with horns. Probably could do 50/50, but it would probably work with half of that.
 
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