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  1. #11
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    Maybe it's because I live in Florida where roaches are just like birds around here....there are just so many. I don't have them in my house (thank God!) but I keep hissers in my garage. I do have Palmettoes in my garage so I avoid it at night, and I think some Germans have invaded my backyard because road construction is pushing them out of the woods behind me. Then you have those little black cockroaches that are always ion the grass.

    You know, cockroaches don't carry their own diseases, it's just that they live and feed on decomposing matter. If they hang around our rotting trash, then they carry our rotting trashy germs. If you keep them in a clean environment and feed them fresh food, then they are clean. However, I have found that I am allergic to either the chitin or tropomyosin in insects and crustaceans. I can't even handle the cockroaches any more and have thought about giving them up completely. If I touch them even briefly, I get red and burning skin. Superworms are like that, too, but crickets are not too bad yet. :(
    Laura R (FL)
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    Thank you Txrepgirl I love your youtube videos by the way
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    Your welcome . Awww thank you . I'm glad you enjoy watching them. I'm going to try to make some new ones soon .
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    I tried the Dubias and they are wonderful. Love that they don't smell,don't make noise, and I have them in a very large rubbermaid bin. When we pull some out for feeding we take our time and go slowly so we never drop one. It's funny cuz when I put them in the Beardie tank they sit pretty still ...not knowing something is hunting them. I think they are easier for the lizards to catch than crickets. Oh and when my beardies poo, which stinks like death...when they eat dubias barely no smell!!! Proof is in the pudding! (I know lame joke!)

    I still have crickets for my Geckos. I hate -hate crickets! They are vile! The smell makes me wanna barf and yea even if they are fed and watered good they still eat each other and I know they would attack my lizards given half the chance. Eww and they jump!!! Vile I tell ya!!!
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    Yes cricket stench tends to be brutal....roaches tho....If i didn't need to go in there to get some for feeders I'd probably forget about them! No smell, sound, etc. great bug!
    1.0.0 Argentine B&W Tegu
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    0.0.1 Cane Toad
    1.0.0 Albino Western Hognose


    Roaches (Dubia & Lateralis)

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    I have to say again about the smell of crickets. Even if I just buy a few, if I leave them in the baggie they come in for too long the smell knocks me back. I don't even want to IMAGINE the smell of a colony in somewhere other than a big store. I've got a colony of hissing roaches not even 4 feet away from me most of the time, I have them set up in a office organizer bin thing on the cable box. lol. They don't smell at all, only make noise if you piss them off, and even though they can climb up glass and whatnot it's easy enough to stop with some vaseline. I think only one little baby has ever gotten out. Even if by some crazy chance one does escape, they aren't invasive and wont infest your home. About a month ago, I had to traumatize my gecko trying to get a stupid cricket out of it's enclosure because it was chirping all day and night. I put it in a bottle to save for the tegu in the morning. Actually, my husband was and still is scared of them but from seeing me hold and interact with them he's been a little desensitized. Honestly, I feel much more icky after holding a cricket than I do a roach. Maybe it's the smell and the poo that they get everywhere.

    Roach Pros:
    -Better nutrition
    -Little to no smell
    -Hardy, VERY easy to care for
    -Quiet
    -More for your money
    -Can sustain a larger animal with fewer critters
    -Aren't as sneaky or likely to escape
    -Don't jump
    -Easier to handle
    -Breed pretty quickly and easily with right temps

    Roach Cons:
    -It can be a little expensive to buy the buggers at first
    -They bug people (pun intended. :p )


    Cricket Pros:
    -The jumping might help some animals trigger the feeding response (my cats prefer them to the roaches, lol.)
    -Squishy and easier for little animals to eat

    Cricket Cons:
    -THEY SMELL LIKE DEATH
    -A huge pain to keep alive
    -Eat each other
    -Have to clean enclosure regularly if you want to go in that room they're in anymore
    -A pain to get a hold of when it's feeding time
    -Very noisy
    -Aggressive
    -Can be harder for the animal to catch


    I think that's good enough.

    <3<3<3

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    i cant remember, but those the ones i was selling? if so they look good and bigger.
    If not then never mind (i looked thru my mail and i empty it every other month and lost the PMs to who they went to)
    1.2.0 Argen Black & White
    1.1.0 Red Tegu
    0.0.1 Blue Tegu
    1.0.0 All American Tegu
    0.1.0 Hypo Red Tail Boa
    1.0.0 Lazik Tiger BP
    1.0.0 Normal Paradox BP
    1.0.0 Cuban Tree Frog
    2.3.0 America Toads
    1.0.0 Masked Ferret
    1.1.0 Children
    Rats & Roaches (Dubia)

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  8. #18
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    I had Hissers for a bit...I think I'll get some again
    1.0.0 Argentine B&W Tegu
    0.0.2 African Pyxie Frog
    1.0.0 Blood Python
    1.0.0 Albino Burmese Python
    1.0.0 Blue Tongue Skink
    1.0.0 Basilisk
    0.0.1 Cane Toad
    1.0.0 Albino Western Hognose


    Roaches (Dubia & Lateralis)

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    Yeah they are Pikey.

  10. #20
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    Did anyone of you all have/had a Tegu that didn't like the Roaches ?
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