GENERAL CARE AN BREEDING OF LOBSTER ROACHES
Lobster roaches are one of the easiest feeder roaches to keep and breed. I will discuss a few variations that can be used and the ones we use.
We use cypress mulch for our colonies to help hold the humidity and keep the roaches from dehydrating. Other substrates that can be used are coconut mulch, Pine shavings and the easiest of all is no substrate. We also provide paper towel rolls and egg crate material for hides and to keep the roaches happy and active.
This species of roach are known wall walkers, however they can not fly they are flutterers meaning they will flutter their wings to slow there descent only. We use 56 quart sterlite containers with a band of Bug stop/Bug Barrier around the top of the container in a 6 inch band. The use of petroleum jelly (Vasoline) is safe and a widely used substitute. You can also use aquariums with lids but the barrier will still be needed as they will climb the glass as well.
Temps are best between 75 and 85 degrees however lower temps will not hurt them but they will be less active and breed less. Temps above 85 can be harmful or fatal to the colony and on the flip side temps below 55 can also be harmful as well.
Males of this species will have longer wings which will extend past the vent or end of the abdomen where as females wings will stop at or just short of the vent.
The most important factors to watch when attempting to breed this species is food and temps. Keep the temps about 80 and feed as much as you can. This species is a veracious feeder and will turn a large pile of food into nothing right before your eyes. The more you feed the more they breed. This species carries an egg sack inside of them which you will see from time to time protruding from the female as she attempts to cool the eggs. No eggs will be laid the female will incubate the eggs inside of her abdomen until they are ready to hatch at which time she will give birth to live young. The babies will be born white and remain this color until the exoskeleton hardens at which time they will turn a dull brown to black in color. The babies are 100% self efficient and just as veracious as the adults.
Care sheet provied by Bayou Beast aka Tony
Lobster roaches will feed on literally anything. Just keep in mind what you put into them your animal will be getting out of them. We feed greens, carrots, apples, squash, ground beef in small amounts, flake fish foods, Various fruits, and on occasion leftover pizza crusts. We also mist our colonies once a week to help prevent dehydration, you may opt to use water crystals which is a good idea but not necessary.
Many insects may not be kept or bred in the state of Florida without a permit.
I would also like to thank Tony from BayouBeasts for donating lobster roaches to a rescue I support and taking the time to write this care article.
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