Hapalopus sp. Colombia Large (Pumpkin Patch Tarantula) Care Sheet

H Colombia Large Juvenile

Hapalopus sp. Colombia Large is a small ground-dwelling tarantula with unusual orange markings on the abdomen. These markings have led to the surprising common name of “Pumpkin Patch”.  Hapalopus sp. Colombia Large has yet to be properly scientifically described, hence the rather unwieldy “scientific” name it is normally given. Hapalopus means “soft foot”. The Colombia …

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Cyriocosmus elegans (Trinidad Dwarf) Tarantula Care Sheet

C elegans juvenile

Cyriocosmus elegans is a dwarf burrowing tarantula species with a unique and most attractive appearance. Cyriocosmus elegans is the total opposite of what most people think a tarantula should be. Big? Nope. Brown? No way. Aggressive? Negative. It’s the very fact that Cyriocosmus elegans is so “different” to more common species like Curly Hairs or …

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How Many Dubia Roaches to Start a Colony?

Dubia colony

Dubia roaches have become one of the most popular feeder insects for carnivorous exotic pets. Not only are they easy to keep alive – meaning better value for money when buying from a pet store – but they’re also quite easy to breed in the home.  That said, there are a few important points you …

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Why Do Dubia Roaches Turn White?

Dubia roach

If you’ve ever kept a colony of dubia roaches then you may have noticed the odd specimen that seems to change color overnight. So why do dubia roaches turn white like this? White dubia roaches have just moulted their exoskeleton. They do this in order to grow. The old skin splits open, and out pops …

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Dubia Roaches Care

Dubia roaches have become arguably the most popular feeder insect for keepers of exotic pets over the years. Part of this appeal is simply how easy they are to care for when you’ve covered just a few basic points.  In this article we’ll be looking at dubia roach care, based on my experience over the …

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When Do Dubia Roaches Breed?

WHen do dubia roaches breed?

Most of us keeping dubia roaches are doing so as a free source of food for our pets. Dubia roaches are capable of producing hundreds of babies when kept correctly, leading to a never-ending supply of food. This leads to the obvious question: when do dubia roaches breed? Roach Age It goes without saying that …

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Idiothele mira / Blue Foot Baboon Care Sheet

Idiothele mira

Idiothele mira, also sometimes known as the Blue Footed Baboon, is a mid-sized burrowing tarantula from Africa. To my eyes, they’re one of the more exciting species currently in the hobby, owing to a great combination of attractive appearance and fascinating behavior.  Appearance  As the common name of Idiothele mira would suggest, this tarantula species …

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Hissing Cockroach Setups

Hissing cockroach setups

Hissing cockroaches are surprisingly easy to keep once you provide a suitable setup. Luckily, an effective giant hissing cockroach setup is cost-effective and simple to create, allowing your roaches to live a long and healthy life. In this article I’ll discuss my own experiences of housing hissing roaches at home, and lay out my own …

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What Do Hissing Cockroaches Eat?

Hissing cockroach food

Hissing cockroaches are capable of thriving on a wide variety of different foods. What you choose to feed your Madagascan giant hissing cockroaches will depend on your personal tastes and what you happen to have freely available at home.  In this guide we’ll look at what hissing cockroaches eat so you can make some informed …

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Hissing Cockroach Care

Hissing cockroach care is surprisingly simple, as these fascinating armoured roaches tend to be incredibly hardy in captivity. With just a few simple steps you’ll be well on your way to keeping Madagascan giant hissing cockroaches successfully. In this guide we’ll cover all you need to know, based on my years of caring for and …

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What Do Dubia Roaches Eat?

There’s a reason why dubia roaches are so easy to keep in captivity; they are capable of eating almost anything – even cardboard.  Naturally omnivorous, a good plan of action is to find one or two “base” foods to provide at all times, supplemented with a wide range of fruits and vegetables. By offering a …

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Fruit Beetle (Pachnoda marginata) Care Sheet

African fruit beetles like Pachnoda marginata are some of the easiest tropical pet beetles to keep and breed in captivity. The adults grow to around 3cm in length, being an attractive combination of orange/yellow and brown. They’re reasonably active – especially when provided with suitable light and heat – so can make an attractive display …

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