Category: Live Roaches

Live Roaches

Live Roach Care Sheets: Ivory Head Roaches

Roach Species: Ivory Head Roach
Scientific Name and Common Names Eublaberus sp. 'Ivory'

Ivory Head Roach

Sizes Gets bigger than Dubia roaches

Life Cycle

Reproductive Capacity
Gives birth to live young and readily reproduces as long as they have food and Temps

Of about 80 to 90 degrees.

Difficulty Rating

 

Easy to Mid-range.  Although rearing Ivory Head Roaches is easy,

it can be made difficult by their need to have substrate.   Raised the same way

that Orange Head Roaches are raised with substrate of moist coir and leaves.

Climbing Habit

 

The nymphs and adults cannot climb.

Substrate
Coconut Coir Bedding or Peat Moss.  They like to burrow.
Interesting Information

 

Ivory Roaches are currently a rare breed in the roach world.

Ivory Roaches seem to enjoy some crowding and they love food scraps.

The Ivory Roach is often used a composting roach.


Sexing
Males and female adults have wings and are an ivory color

females are rounder, shorter and thicker. The nymphs are brown and

have a dark sheen with 3 brightly colored spots on either side of their bodies.

Origin and Restrictions
Foods Fruit and vegetable scraps.  Will eat moist cat food.
Water Always keep water
crystals present in a cup.   You can get that here
under the brand name, Cricket
Crystals.

 

Housing,
Humidity and
Temperature
Aquarium or plastic
container with air holes and a lid.
Pictures

Composting Roach, Eublaberus Sp. Ivory

Live Roaches

Live Roach Care Sheet: Red Runner Roaches

Blatta Lateralis, also known as Turkistan Roaches, Red Runners and a few other names, is a very easy roach to house and breed if you have proper temperatures.

Would you like to see 30,000 Red Runner Roaches in one Rubbermaid container? Check out our video.



Blatta Lateralis


Turkistan Red Runner Roach

Scientific Name

Blatta Lateralis

 Sizes

Up to one inch as
an adult.  Nymphs are about 1/8".


Life Cycle

Nymphs mature at 3
to 5 months. Adults live 6 to12 months

Reproductive Capacity
Egg cases laid
every 2 weeks.  The 20 to 30 eggs hatch in 1 to 4
months.

Housing

Smooth sided
container with cover and egg crates stacked vertically.

Climbing Habit   

Adults do not
climb but nymphs climb well so Bug Boundary Grease
is needed.


Substrate
None needed

Temperature

Above 70F. 
85 better for faster breeding.

Sexing
Males blonde with
wings.  Females red and wingless.
Origin Middle

East

Foods

Dry Roach Chow,
Cat Food, fresh vegetables and fruit. Love bananas and
oranges.

Water

Water gel
recommended.  You can get that here under the brand
name, Cricket

Crystals.


Humidity
Prefers a higher
than average humidity


Live Roaches

Live Roach Care Sheet: Discoid Roaches

Discoid Roaches, also known as False Deaths Head Roaches because of their similarity to the Death's Head Roach are very hardy and easy to care for.

 


Blatta Lateralis


Roach Species:  False Deaths
Head Roach

Scientific Name and Common Names

Blaberus discoidalis

False Deaths Head Roach or Discoid Roaches

 Sizes

Up
to 3"


Life Cycle

Reach adulthood in 3-5 months and
then will live another 10-14 months

Reproductive Capacity
Fast
Breeding

Difficulty Rating

Easy.

Climbing Habit   

Non Climbing.

Substrate
Coconut
Coir substrate and leaf litter.  Also provide hiding
places like small logs or tree bark.

Interesting Information


Sexing
Males
and females look similar with the female being rounder.
Origin Southern
Africa

Foods

Fresh
fruit and vegetables.  They love carrots, wet dog/cat
food and moist cereal.  Limit wet grain based food to
what they will eat at any one time so that you do not
attract pests like flies and mites.

Water

Always keep water
crystals present in a cup.   You can get that here
under the brand name, Cricket
Crystals.

Housing,
Humidity and

Temperature
Aquarium or plastic
container with air holes and a lid.  High humidity with
good ventilation.  85 to 95 degrees
Pictures


Live Roaches

Turkestan Roaches Egg Cases. Breeding Live Feeder Red Runner Roaches

The Turkestan Roach, also known as the Red Runner, Rusty Red and Blatta Bug, is a mid-sized, shiny, warm weather roach that is native to Asia.  (Here is an interesting article from Wikipedia)

The Turkestan Roach is fast moving, which helps stimulate reptiles who are attracted to moving prey.  Red Runner Roaches cannot climb which makes them ideal if you to not want to use Bug Boundary in liquid or Grease form (Sorry for the shameless plug).

Turkestan Roaches are a beautiful roach that is fun to watch.  Red runners do not give live birth.  They lay egg cases which hatch out under the right conditions of heat and humidity.  They prefer a warm home so be sure to keep them by your furnace or above your refrigerator in winter, or in a heated enclosure where you can keep the temperature above 80 degrees.  They will breed like crazy at around 85 degrees.

They are easy to feed with carrots, lettuce, vegetables, fruits and whole grains.  Be sure to remove any food before it molds.

This is an easy to breed roach if you are looking for feeders that only grow to about a 1.5 inches.

I was able to get our Red Runner Roaches on video depositing egg cases a couple of years ago.  Check it out and please let me know your thoughts on these great roaches.

Are there pitfalls, watch outs or tricks that you know of?  Let's hear them.
Thank you!

Ken Chiarella