Thinking of what to get next, what will eat adult roaches?

6StringSamurai

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I started a roach colony to feed my Ts and it's doing great, a little too good actually. There are a lot adults that even my largest Ts aren't interested in.

So, I've got a large Sterlite container. What can I put in it that will eat adult roaches? I'm thinking of creatures of the reptile persuasion but I've got an open mind. I'm hoping to spend around $50.

The next local exotic pet show is in one month, so I have time to set up the vivarium and test to make sure proper temps and humidity can be maintained.

Also, any recommendations are good. I was toying with the idea of getting another snake.

What do you guys think?

Thanks! :D
 

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i think, but im not sure, that a large mantid would eat adult roaches.
 

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Mantids

How long do they live? Ghost mantids, and those wandering mantids, look AMAZING. Definitely something to think about.

Pyxie Frog

Hm, my wife likes frogs. I might go with something like that. I think the sweater box is a little too big though.

Thanks for the suggestions, what else can you recommend?

:D

Large Chameleons could eat adult roaches.
Chameleons are awesome looking too, but from what I hear they take a lot of work and dedication to raise properly or else health problems arise. Do you have any experience with them?
 

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Chams do require alot of work and they are far from cheap to set up proper. A pac man frog would be a good choice if you didn't want something as large as a pixie.
What species of roach do you have?

Mantids live 8-10 month generally.
 

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That sucks about Mantids, I don't think I would enjoy having a pet for less than a year, and I don't have the resources to breed the things.

I have Lobster Roaches, all in all the experiment is going well. It's great having just the right sizes for all my spiderlings and geckos. I'm kind of surprised that my 6 inch rosie, my 5 inch Brazilian Salmon and my four inch A. Seemani aren't eating the large ones.

My Seemani and my c. fasciatum wont even eat the smaller ones so I have to get crickets still :8o
 

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That is odd that your bigger T's wont take the adults, mine do. When I first started feeding the roaches, it took awhile for some to start eating them, I only had one who refused to make the switch and I recently sold her.

Snakes don't eat roaches unless you get a green snake and I don't think they would eat many. Maybe you can just sell your extras, that what I did.
 

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I've been trying to do the same thing, I'd particularly like to control my male dubia population. Just picked up a couple good sized Tokay gecko's at a show. By reputation they should fit the bill pretty well but mine are not eating much, I'm hoping they only need time to aclimate. I'm also thinking about a pyxie and/or pacman frog. Seems like the damn dubia's are eating as fast as I can fill the dishes...

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I've been trying to do the same thing, I'd particularly like to control my male dubia population. Just picked up a couple good sized Tokay gecko's at a show. By reputation they should fit the bill pretty well but mine are not eating much, I'm hoping they only need time to aclimate. I'm also thinking about a pyxie and/or pacman frog. Seems like the damn dubia's are eating as fast as I can fill the dishes...

Bill
I have both pacman and pyxie frogs....get the pyxie, trust me.
 

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Get a bearded dragon.....From what I remember, you can usually get a baby one for about $50 or so, and they eat insects and veggies.
 

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That is odd that your bigger T's wont take the adults, mine do. When I first started feeding the roaches, it took awhile for some to start eating them, I only had one who refused to make the switch and I recently sold her.

Snakes don't eat roaches unless you get a green snake and I don't think they would eat many. Maybe you can just sell your extras, that what I did.
Yeah, I was surprised by it too. The rose hair ate one and now refuses them. The Seemani wont even try. I put her back on crickets because she recently molted and her abdomen is a bit small for my liking. Once she's been eating for a while I'll try the roaches again.

Of course, I wouldn't even try to feed a roach to a snake, I'll just take any excuse to buy a new snake {D They're like Ts once you get into them.

That pixie frog does look like it might fit the bill.

I'll look into a beardie too. I'm always fascinated by those.
 

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Really? are pyxie more aggressive? I thought about getting a pacman.
Aggressive is difficult to define, but definately more voracious and willing to run down and gobble up anything, and they can snap at you like nothing else when hungry.
 

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I find my horned frogs are willing to wait for a perfect opportunity to eat instead of chase anything.. the Pyxie however will try to eat frogs in other tanks if it has them in clear view. lol
 

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I think I'd go "frog" on the roaches too. Speaking of frogs, I saw a show about a giant species of Monkey frog some researchers were in search of. I forgot what country they were in. I think I saw that show a few years ago. Anybody else see that? There are a few species of Monkey frog, right? What species was it on that show? They looked pretty big. They looked big enough to handle a big roach. If they are available, might be more than $50 though.
 
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I think I'd go "frog" on the roaches too. Speaking of frogs, I saw a show about a giant species of Monkey frog some researchers were in search of. I forgot what country they were in. I think I saw that show a few years ago. Anybody else see that? There are a few species of Monkey frogs, right? What species was it on that show? They looked pretty big. They looked big enough to handle a big roach. If they are available, might be more than $50 though.
Probably talking about Goliath Frogs in Cameroon or something. Very hard to get and breed, only some 300 come here a year. So I say stick to a pyxie.
 

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There is a type of giany monkey frog but I can't remember the name, really cool looking.
Beardies are awsome, I have one myself but they will cost alot more then $50, you might be able to find a baby for that price but a proper set up will run around $200.
 
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