Foods of the animal's terrarium
All the animals which we present in this site feed, generally, exclusively on alive preys. We are going to enumerate them :
The breeding of preys
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AlWhile cockroaches called huge can constitute the main menu of the tarantula of important size (as Theraphosa Leblondi for example), the smallest sorts can be an interesting alternative in crickets, and it for different reasons:
· Contrary to big sorts, they are in most of very prolific cases and have a much shorter cycle.
The choice of the sort is crucial, because it is necessary to avoid having a breeding cockroaches in attic or in the cellar, for it our choice will go on "exotic" sorts which will not be able to survive very for a long time in case of evasion in our moderate climates.
So two main sorts can answer this expectation : Nauphoeta Cinerea and Panchlora Nivea.
1/ Nauphoeta Cinerea
2/ Panchlora Nivea
Another sort of cockroach called Schultesia Lampyriformis presents even characteristic as Panchlora Nivea, without this one is brown and possesses a cycle about 2 months in 25°C.
Conditions of breeding :
To keep these small sorts, I use glass terrariums of 15 x 30 x 20 cms with superior opening, the fenced in opening is covered with a piece of nylon bottom to avoid the evasion of young subjects.
With these small sorts, I consider that it is better to have 2 or 3 small tubs rather than a big.
As for the big sorts of cockroaches, it is necessary to put some petroleum jelly on the top of the tub, on about 4 cms to avoid evasions.
Substratum consists of a thickness of 2 or 3 cms of shavings of wood, to lavish them hiding places, I stack 2 halves of the patches with eggs, what in a terrarium of this size is amply sufficient for 70 in 80 specimens, even a little more.
This substratum should be renewed about every 2-3 months because small sorts tend fast to make dirty their environment.
Cockroaches are insects omnivores, they eat of everything, croquettes for dog, sound, bread, and appreciate particularly fruits and fresh vegetables (apple, orange, cucumber ).
I arrange the perishable food in small small dishes made paper aluminium, what to be disposable and allows not to moisten pointlessly substratum and to avoid so the development of molds.
To develop suitably, these insects need heat, To do it, I have to opt for a small heating cable arranged under the terrarium, so, heat coming from the bottom allows of assecher substratum and avoids so the too fast demonstration of stenches.
Regulation of the breeding :
In case of overpopulation (what is not surprising with these sorts) several solutions offer themselves to you:
· To warm less the terrarium.
The combination of several solutions evoked above give results more than convincing.
NB: to avoid any degeneracy of the tree stump, I advise to add about every 6 months 10 or 20 grown-up specimens to your breeding to bring some " new blood ", should the opposite occur, I noticed one to lower with the reproduction and a longer cycle from 10 to 25 %. This phenomenon of degeneracy is smelt otherwise at the end of 8 in 12 months.