I’ve caved and gone the way of the google doc to track things with my reptiles, way easier to edit than paper. But now I’m trapped in own self inflicted data entry hell haha. 5+ years of feeding records oh boy here we go…
One of the biggest things for roaches is warmth, they’re much more active and breed more readily at warmer temperatures. I don’t have exact degrees handy (I’m sure someone out there does) but if they’re seeming a little sluggish maybe adding a heating pad to the bottom of their enclosure, or somehow finding a warmer zone for them might help. I know I’m really going to run into that issue now that I’m back in Colorado since we keep our house pretty darn cold in the winter.
For housing I use some big, tall, solid colored plastic tubs with air holes punched in the top. They get lots of egg crates inside to run around on as well. I like to think they enjoy the total darkness and are more eager to do they’re thing without worrying about predators. Dubias are pretty skittish as far as feeder roaches go.
For food I feed them several things. I use my mealworm gutload to give them some grains (a mixture of whole oats, powdered milk, baby rice cereal, wheat germ, nuts, unsweetened coconut, and some other things) and a bit of cat food for protein (although I’m trying to find a better protein option). They also get tons of veggies and fruit, they love carrots, apples, squash, oranges, bananas are a favorite. I’ve also given them yam and sweet potato skins, green beans, peas, lettuce, broccoli, pretty much anything that seems like it would be delicious and healthy. Hell I’ve even just tossed in slices of whole grain bread and they think that’s AMAZING.
So that’s basically the big three: warmth, security, and lots of good food. Here’s hoping your guys start getting jiggy and giving you babies soon!
I only have two medium rats left for the 2 BP’s and no money to buy more and this is getting really stressful :c
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I know those feels, the beginning of this year was scary as hell for me. Life happens though, there will always be situations out of your control. All you can do is prepare as best you can for it and take the punches as they come. Best of luck!
D’aww thanks! <3 yeah even with no income or spare cash, 2014 has been INFINITELY better than 2013, and more awesome things are still to come. I had to do the bounce back to the parent’s after college thing, which stings a little (man I wanted to be on my own all professional and stuff so bad by now) but they’re more than willing to help me get back on my feet so I’m not completely sunk.
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Any way you can arrange breeding your collection? Make some income that way?
Hmm, it could be possible. Right now the only things I could pair up would be leopard geckos, even if it’s a bit late in the season. I could potentially make Snow Bells, Super Snow Bells, Snow Rainwaters, Super Snow Rainwaters, Tangerine Rainwaters and possibly more Patternless Rainwaters. I would need some housing for babies, but other than that I have an incubator and everything else. Maybe I’ll keep this option on the table too. I sure do miss babies, they’re so cuuuute.