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Well, as the geek I am- I don't keep just fish. I have kept and bred many reptiles and other exotic animals as well many times in the past.

I am ridiculously into bugs. Might sound stupid or weird but I am an especially big fan of madagascar hissing cockroaches. I had 7 adults in a small kritter keeper today and while at work apparently one exploded into a cluster of a ton of babies.

I am excited because although roaches seem easy to breed, this is the first time I've ever bred these bad boys in captivity (I say this because I had the same roaches lose in my apartment in Texas- they bred, but it had nothing to do with what I did lol).

My wife and I heard a hissing noise from the living room yesterday but didn't bother checking on them. Today she said she heard it all day- I guess thats when it happened.

For anyone who doesn't know and is interested at all, these roaches can be longer than 3" long, they hiss very loudly when threatened, although they make awesome display/pet insects. They do not bite, and are slow enough as adults that handling them is VERY easy. They are active and spend quite a bit of time outside of hide spots in their cage, and eat whatever you have at the time so feeding isn't an issue.

In the past I have used them at my daughters school and they were a hit.


BTW- If anyone in the reptile section likes them at all, or wants any I DO have many babies lol- shoot me a PM or something.
 

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AHHH Q.Q im so scared of them! how do you do that, if u posted a picture i think i would scream!
 

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This thread is useless without pictures! Post pics, PLEEEZZE. :-D
(Hide your eyes Romad and Teddy!)

hahahaha, I will most definitely post some pictures as soon as I get home from work.

These guys are admittedly a bit creepy at first. My wife was skeptical, but with how big and chill they are, it is more like having some sort of small animal pet than anything.
 

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Here ya go! Sorry the pics suck. I counted around 30-40 babies. Woah.










 

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Man, that's alot of babies. I'm going to have to go youtube these guys so I can hear what their hissing sounds like. They don't freak me out to look at them but I doubt I could handle one crawling in the palm of my hand. Yikes. :shock:
 

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mmm would make an interesting talking peice? but my sister would NEVER come over again, but is that really a bad thing lol jp

How big of a container do you keep em in?
 

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mmm would make an interesting talking peice? but my sister would NEVER come over again, but is that really a bad thing lol jp

How big of a container do you keep em in?
lol, I worked at a pet store that sold them and was terrified of them at first, but after handling them for a few confused customers they actually grew on me, and I had to get a couple. They are definitely a conversation piece, thats for sure.

As for housing, I have a small plastic kritter keeper thats probably the equivalent of a one gallon tank I keep the 6 adults in. They need very little space. I heat the cage with a heat pad.

I went to Michaels craft store and bought one of those plastic beanie baby cases for the babies and that seems to work out fine. Theres quite a few, but they can get through the top of the plastic cage so I keep them separate.

My intentions were to keep them to breed for gecko food, but I never got a gecko :|
 

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I'd think they'd scare a gecko to death! I just went and listened to their hissing sounds. It sounds like something you'd expect to hear from a mummy's tomb. Pretty cool, actually.
 

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I'd think they'd scare a gecko to death! I just went and listened to their hissing sounds. It sounds like something you'd expect to hear from a mummy's tomb. Pretty cool, actually.

Yeah, the hissing is terrifying- I still jump lol. The babies are small, and the most nutritionally balanced food available for lizards, believe it or not lol. They are mainly sold as feeder insects.
 

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have to say that i would hold one of thoses rather than a spider
anyday.
thanks for the piccies.:-D
 
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