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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…

Hello there. I was wondering given you have gotten more success than I with dubia roaches if you wouldn't mind sharing what you do for them. I've had my adults since Febuary of this year and still haven't seen babies. I had to go and buy some more medium size ones to raise up as well as mix in my leos diet. Any help would be appreciated. Like house, food, ect.. thank you! :D

Yeah definitely!

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!

mkmorphs:

Photos from the National Reptile Breeder’s Expo in Daytona this past weekend. Hope you enjoy!

We ALMOST walked out with the Leopard BCI! Also I thought it was cute that the shadow of the label showed up on the ivory!

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crispysnakes:

Pile ‘o sheds.  
I have a ton, I suppose I’ll find a use for them some day.

oh good I’m not the only one who does this haha

crispysnakes:

Pile ‘o sheds.  

I have a ton, I suppose I’ll find a use for them some day.

oh good I’m not the only one who does this haha

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liremir:

This is a skeleton of an African Rock Python, that I took today at the Colorado Gators Reptile Park today in Mosca, Colorado. I had some mixed feelings about the place. I talked to many of the employees and they are all super passionate about the animals, but I find a lot of their husbandry practices disappointing. They primarily work with alligators, and while I don’t know a whole bunch about them (I am a snake person) they all seemed pretty healthy and well cared for. I was very disappointed in most of the snakes enclosures, however. I’m not going to go into that now, but I did think that this picture was worth sharing tonight. What did make me happy was seeing how many people today change their minds about reptiles. Almost all of the snakes they had were rescues.

aah! The gator farm! This place is pretty much a 30 minute drive away from where I live and has such a fun cultural status to residents of the San Luis Valley (“Yeah we’ve got gators! In Colorado!”). I do agree with your sentiments though that the husbandry isn’t too great there. I was last there years ago, like 2006, but I’m guessing they haven’t improved much. It’s very roadside attraction in how it’s set up, which is rather unfortunate. Some more time and care put into proper housing could really make it something neat if they wanted.

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

mkmorphs:

Holdback 2014 Female Mojave Cinnamon PH Hypo

Only one of her siblings is still available. If you are interested it is also a female mojave cinnamon PH hypo and we are asking $500 shipped. Payment plans are available.

fuckyeahballpythons:

Super Cypress hatchlings produced by Micheal Freedman of The Florida Reptile Ranch.

The Cypress is an incomplete dominant mutation that appears to be similar, and possibly related, to the recently introduced Bongo from E.B. Noah in Ghana.

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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.