EASY COCKROACH MIX (introductory offer 15 for the price of 10)

EASY COCKROACH MIX (introductory offer 15 for the price of 10)
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EASY COCKROACH MIX (introductory offer 15 for the price of 10)

A widely varied mix of species, in different sizes and sexes. Please order only when you have set up the living conditions required. Can be sent only to UK addresses.

There are more than 4,500 species of cockroach. Whilst some are defined as pests, there are tropical species that are unable to survive in a temperate climate.  They make great pets.

There are a couple of points to remember for successful rearing:

  1. Most species come from tropical countries and therefore need to be kept at a minimum of 25°C.
  2. The risk of the cockroaches escaping.

As most species of cockroach are good climbers a tight fitting lid is required with a good quality fine mesh to allow for air flow. As not everyone is able to house them in a specially heated vivarium, the simplest method is to use a glass vivarium with steel mesh vents. Use a thermostat controlled heat mat. A good rule is that the pad should rest comfortably under the cage/aquarium so that two thirds of the cage is directly over the pad. This produces a temperature gradient giving the cockroaches some choice over the temperature they experience.

The floor of the container should be covered with wood shavings and organic (non loam based) compost with mixture of surface hollow décor like cork or tree bark such as used for reptiles. Remember any rotting wood/ materials from the garden must be boiled for 20 minutes to eliminate potential predator eggs like centipedes or woodlice, which quickly over populate and compete for food.

Cockroaches are omnivorous.  In captivity most species do well on a mixture of dried feed/grain and fresh vegetables or fruit. A good diet would be fruit,  such as bananas and apples mixed with wheat biscuit chunks, dried cat food. They do especially well on gold fish flakes and soft dry or moistened pond fish pellets and the odd slice of bread.  Although they don't need fresh food every day, and remember not to overfeed resulting in a mouldy mess, it is important that they always have enough to eat otherwise they will start eating the cage decor as well as any baby roaches.

Water should be available in a shallow bowl filled with cotton wool which should be changed 3 times a week or supplied in mini inverted drinkers similar to those used for Hamsters.

Tiger Hissers and Deathshead roaches have both males and females. Males have prominent bumps on the pronotum: females do not have this. Their bodies swell giving rise to 15 to 30 perfect miniature live young a couple of times a year.