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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.



Macleay's Spectre (Prickly Stick Insect) tiaratum FOUR nymphs
Availability: Summer

Macleay’s Spectre or Australian Prickly Stick Insect Extatosoma tiaratum


This is one of the world’s most spectacular insects, and the female is reputed to be one of the heaviest insects on record, heavier than many birds!


Medium nymphs are supplied, minimum size 2.5cm long. They grow quickly in summer, becoming adults the following year. Feed on Bramble, Oak or Eucalyptus. Cages with netting sides or an aquarium are suitable. Change the food about 3 times a week, depending on temperature and how long the food is lasting.


These are hardy creatures, but they must be given regular care most days. They love having the foodplant sprayed! The adult females have a firm grip with spiny legs. If treated harshly they can retaliate! The males develop large wings and can fly across the room!


In winter Bramble and Eucalyptus are available. Keep the insects at living room temperature. Eggs are dropped loose on the cage bottom. They take months to hatch, and will sometimes do so even if the adults have not mated.


In all stages these are fascinating creatures and ideal for children, with adult supervision.


African Lined Mantis Spodromantis lineola FOUR young mantids
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African Lined Mantis Spodromantis lineola


Third instar nymphs are supplied, about 1.5 cm long, so well established and able to catch food.


Mantids do not feed on greenery. They catch live insects for food and you must ensure that you can give them such things as fruit flies, small crickets and possibly maggots.


They must be kept each one in their own cage or cylinder. Before ordering, please familiarise yourself with the needs of mantids.


Supplied in lots of four for £30.00  In stock now.


Giant Hissing Cockroach Gromphadorhina oblongonata 5 Nymphs
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Giant Hissing Cockroach Gromphadorhina oblongonata


Cockroaches have an unfortunate reputation, but these are clean creatures and make good pets! Yes, they hiss when you pick them up. Don’t keep doing this, remember they are creatures and don’t ill treat them.


Supplied as young at 2.5cm long or more, they quickly grow to become very large, sometimes up to 12cm long! Keep in a tank with compost in the bottom. Give them some sticks and stones to hide in and live amongst. Feed on fruit, greenery, vegetable scraps, and they like fish pellets.


Rearing and Studying Stick & Leaf Insects
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Rearing and Studying Stick and Leaf Insects Paul Brock


Specifically intended for beginners, although it is also suitable for experienced Phasmid enthusiasts, it is one of the few guides to rearing that features the majority of the culture stocks available, 22 species in detail.  The informative text is complemented by 8 colour plates, 14 black and white plates and 29 figures.