I got some very cool new roaches last week from Spencer Thornton AKA Sleepy Lemur on the forums. I ordered seven Blaberus craniifer"Orin McMonigle"nymphs, eight Blaberus craniifer"UCR"nymphs, ten small Elliptorhina laevigata nymphs. However, I received sixteen B.craniifer"Orin McMonigle"nymphs, twelve B.craniifer"UCR"nymphs, fourteen small E.laevigata nymphs, AND nine free Diploptera punctata(three adults, five large nymphs, and one medium-sized nymph!) :D I was obviously beyond pleased with what I received, in fact, it has to be the most generously packed box that I have received from anyone on or off the forums! Also forgot to mention that despite the package getting shipped Monday and unfortunately having to get held over Thanksgiving, I only received one DOA(that being a very small E.laevigata nymph who was preparing for a molt, and apparently got handled a bit too roughly by the post office), which is a testament to Spencer's packing job.
But that's enough with the review, I'm pretty sure you guys want to see some pics and such of the roaches right?
First, the B.craniifer"Orin McMonigle" are mostly medium/large nymphs, but there are also a couple very small 2nd-3rd instar nymphs. With the B.craniifer"UCR", I received exclusively medium/large nymphs. I'm keeping both strains in sixteen quart plastic containers( which I will be adding ventilation holes to very soon)with about two inches of moist coconut fiber as the substrate. I will also be adding a piece of bark or egg crate to their enclosures for them to molt to adults from.
Here are some pictures of the two strains and their enclosures!
|Medium/Large B.craniifer"Orin McMonigle" nymphs|
|Medium/Large B.craniifer"Orin McMonigle" nymph burrowing into substrate|
|Handling medium/large B.craniifer"Orin McMonigle" nymph|
|Handling very small B.craniifer"Orin McMonigle" nymph|
|Sixteen B.craniifer"Orin McMonigle" nymphs|
|Handling B.craniifer"UCR" nymphs|
|B.craniifer"UCR" nymphs coming out of substrate|
|Twelve B.craniifer"UCR" nymphs|
|B.craniifer enclosure(note that I only took pics of one since they're exactly the same)|
Second, all of my E.laevigata are pretty small, although a couple of them I'd consider very small, and a couple are almost medium-sized. I'm keeping them in a thirty two quart Sterilite gasket box container, with two 2.5 inch ventilation holes on each end. I have them on a substrate of dry coconut fiber(I still keep one corner moist) with a bit of coconut husk and dead leaves mixed in. I additionaly have a couple large semi-rotten pieces of wood in there to serve as both climbing surfaces and hides(you won't see the second piece in the photo though, I added it after I took it), along with a nice, non-porous Zoo Med food bowl.
Lastly, a couple of my D.punctata nymphs molted in shipping giving me a total of three adults! The rest of the nymphs are sub-adults or pre-sub-adults, except for one nymph that seems to be one molt behind the rest. Their enclosure is a twenty quart Sterilite gasket box container, with a three inch ventilation hole in each end. Their substrate is the same as the hissers', mainly coconut fiber with a small amount of coconut husk and dead leaves mixed in. I also have an egg-crate and a piece of cork bark for them to hide under.
Here are some pics of them and their enclosure!
That's going to be it for this post, hope you guys enjoyed hearing about my new roaches and until we meet again, so long!