Hissing Cockroaches as Pets

A few years ago, one of my Insect Behavior lab students did his independent project using Madagascar hissing cockroaches.  Then he left them with me because his mom was “definitely not going to be okay with having them in her house all summer.”  I hadn’t ever cared for hissers, and suddenly I had a dozen of them.  I was determined to keep them alive, however, so I bumbled my way through the first few weeks and eventually gave all but 2 away.  The last two have been my pets ever since.

I hadn’t ever expected hissers to be enjoyable pets.  I knew people who’d had hissers, but very few of them kept them as pets that they actually interacted with.  I interacted with mine though, and I’ve found them to be really fun!  Today, I’m going to share how I care for my roaches in case any of you out there want to get your own roachy pets.  (You know you want to!)

But first, let me introduce my roaches.  Meet Mr. Darcy:

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Mr. Darcy

Mr. Darcy is an active, aggressive, and enormous hisser!  He spends a good part of his day hissing, roaming about the cage, and pushing his roomie around.  I can hear him hissing all the way in the next room!  He entertains me to no end.  And this is his equally large roomie, Elizabeth (who else?):

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Elizabeth

Elizabeth doesn’t hiss and spends most of her day being pushed around by the big bully she lives with or clinging to the walls of the cage near the lid.  She’s much less exciting to watch and has a less vibrant personality, but she’s also a lot easier to handle as she doesn’t run around constantly like Mr. Darcy does.

Caring for my pair of roaches has been ridiculously easy!  They live in one of those cheap little plastic aquariums that you can get at any pet store:

plastic aquarium

Plastic aquarium

I’ve set mine up so that they have a 1/2 inch layer of coconut husk in the bottom of their cage.  It’s great stuff!  It is sold in dense bricks in the reptile section of the pet store, but it expands enormously when you add water.  The coconut holds water well, and considering that these roaches are decomposers in forests in the wild, I think it probably mimics their natural habitat fairly well.

If you’ve ever had wild roaches in your home, you are aware that they like to have places to hide.  I got my roaches another item from the reptile section of the pet store, a half a hollowed log, to give them a hiding place.  My roaches are weird and spend most of their time on top of the log rather than under it…

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My hissers

…but it’s available for the rare occasions when they want to have an out-of-the-way place to go.  My setup looks like this:

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My hisser cage

I feed my roaches a combination of foods.  I give them dry dog food because it has a lot of necessary protein and fat in it and they love it.  I toss in some of the alfalfa pellets that people feed to rats and other rodents, mostly because I happened to have a lot leftover when the last of my pet rodents died, but also to give them some carbs and nutrients.  My roaches also get a mixture of leafy greens (whatever salad greens I have in my fridge) and baby carrots.  According to what I’ve read, hissers REALLY love carrots and I’ve found that to be true:

hissing roaches eating carrot

Hissing roaches eating carrot

The combination of the dog food, alfalfa pellets, and fresh vegetables provides my roaches a well-balanced diet.  I leave alfalfa pellets and dog food in their cage all the time, but I only give my roaches the veggies every few weeks.

My hissers get water several ways.  Their main source is a piece of a sponge that I cut up, rinsed very well, and placed inside a yogurt cup lid.  Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth can suck water out of the sponge and I keep it wet all the time.  I also pour water into the coconut husk every few weeks to rehydrate it and spray their cage down with water to keep their log a little damp.  I’ve seen them suck water droplets off the side of the cage, the log, and the bedding, so they seem to take advantage of any water that I provide.

Then it’s just a matter of cleaning out their cage!  I only clean them every few months as they’re not very messy and I don’t have to worry about mold most of the year.  Cleaning them is a simple matter of removing the roaches (and listening to Mr. Darcy hiss – I imagine him screaming, “Put me down, you miserable wench!”), removing the dishes and log, dumping out the coconut husk, and then putting new coconut in before replacing everything else.  Easy!

If you happen to have a male and a female, you can tell you’re doing a good job caring for your roaches when you find a whole bunch of these in the cage:

immature roaches

Babies!

Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth just had their first children!  The little roaches mean I’m going to need to ramp up my care a bit so I’m providing more food more often.  I also had to add a layer of fine mesh to the lid to keep them from escaping through the slats, but their care is otherwise exactly the same.

Hissers are great insect pets, especially for children, because they are completely harmless: they don’t bite, they don’t fly, they don’t sting, they’re not inclined to run very quickly, and they’re large.  They usually stop hissing once they get used to being handled, but Mr. Darcy isn’t your average roach.  He’s 33% bigger than any other hisser I’ve seen and he always hisses.  But that’s part of what makes him so fun too!  If you have more than one roach, you can also see how each has its own personality.  It’s really fun to see how different my two roaches are, and they’re both completely different from the roaches I’ve worked with for outreach events.  Their personality makes them feel a little more like a traditional pet rather than a giant insect too, which is always a plus when I have to explain why I have roaches as pets.

So, you all want pet roaches now, right?  (Hah!)  If you do, there are a few options.  Pet stores that specialize in reptile often have them for sale.  They should cost less than $3.  Or, you can buy them online and have them shipped to you in the mail.  Unless you live in Arizona.  Or California.  There are weird restrictions for mailing animals to some states, so check with the supplier before buying to be sure they can be shipped to your home.

My roaches are probably the lowest maintenance pets I’ve ever had and I enjoy watching them, so I’m happy that I got dumped with reject roaches.  I know it will probably seem a little strange to many of you reading this, but they really have been fun pets.  I highly recommend them!

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  1. I actually gave my daughter a couple when she was about twelve, my husband was horrified! They were quite easy to keep and lived in a plastic box just like yours. I fed them vegetables and dog food etc. They were both very hissy and she liked to handle them, nobody but us would even touch them. They just couldn’t get beyond that cockroach aura!

    • Exactly! People are so opposed to the idea of roaches! My husband was HORRIFIED the first time I brought my roaches home from work. I was hard to take care of them properly there, but I had kept them there for over a year because my husband hates roaches. I only managed to convince him to let me keep them at home when I had taken them to an outreach event and couldn’t take them back to work for a few days due to a family emerency and he was forced to deal with their being in the house. He still doesn’t like them. I think it’s sad because they’re a lot of fun to handle and observe if you give them a chance! At least he thinks it’s funny when Mr Darcy starts a hissing fit now. He might not go over and talk to Mr Darcy like I do, but I consider this progress. :)

      • Definitely! I have culled my colony a couple of times each year to keep them from getting too numerous. I really don’t want more than 10 at a time and it’s SO easy to end up with a whole lot more than that!

        • Not sure if you will see this reply since this post is quite old by now, but by culling, do you mean killing them off, or just getting rid of them some other way? I am interested in getting a hisser or two, and if they had babies, I wouldn’t want to kill any of them!

          • I had to kill some of mine because I couldn’t find anyone to take them off my hands at the time. Happily, I later found a shop in town that would take any extras I didn’t want. They sold them and I was able to get rid of them without having to kill them, so it was a nice win-win! However, these insects CAN reproduce so much that they will outgrow their container. Start looking for people who want any offspring before you get them if you don’t have the heart to kill them and do your best to keep males and females apart so it’s not even an issue. They reproduce quickly and in large numbers, so you will quickly have more than you can handle if you’re not careful!

    • No, those were the ones I used for work. Mr Darcy and Elizabeth are my personal roaches. Still like Jeffrey better, but Mr Darcy is quite entertaining too in a very different way! And, he got busy and gave me grandkids, which makes him fabulous. :) Granted, I’m not sure what to do with 35+ new roaches, but I’m going to let them grow a bit before I decide.

    • I suppose it’s possible. Considering how many of these are sold as pets in the US and their distribution across the country, however, I would imagine that we would have heard something about them by now if they were becoming invasive. They’ve been sold as pets for years! That’s not to say that it won’t happen eventually though… I’m very careful with mine, but who knows what other people are up to!

    • No they need a temperature of 75 degrees to 85 degrees to reproduce and it needs to be really humid. Also hissers Can’t redroduce with other species of roaches.

  2. All right, you’ve convinced me. I’ll be getting some roaches! I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before, actually.

    I have some leftover bedding that is currently supporting a healthy colony of springtails. Do you think the roaches would be okay with them, or should I bake the substrate first?

    • I don’t think they’ll care. As I mentioned in the post, they’re forest roaches and decomposers, so they’re probably adapted to living with springtails. Mine have a lot of booklice to deal with and they do just find with them.

      Want some baby roaches? If so, I can hook you up! Watching them grow up could be loads of fun. Okay, so I really just need to figure out a way to get rid of my new hoard of little roaches… I might be trying to load some of them off on you. :)

      • I can’t give you a definitive answer at the moment, but I am interested! I’m going out of town for a few days, but I will let you know when I get back!

    • I’m sure your hissers have long passed by now, but for future reference: Springtails will help your enclosure stay clean longer, they’ll snack on decaying plant matter and live peacefully among your roaches. They are actually essential if you want to keep hissers in a tropical vivarium.

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  4. I love my hissing roaches! They have been great pets. Mine like to sit on top of their harborage as well, I believe the males do this to defend their territory. The females and nymphs tend to congregate around the male, but as soon as another male comes along, battle ensues. It’s very entertaining! (The males don’t hurt each other though)

    • Yeah, my female’s usually up with her male too, but the nymphs like to cram themselves between the lid and the cover I have over the lid to keep them from getting out. They really love that space! I used to have 2 males in the same cage, but the bigger one kept attacking the little one and the little one was effectively living on the water sponge. I felt bad for him, so now I’ve got 2 pairs in separate cages!

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  6. Hi dragonflywoman i have a question, i got a hissing roach today how can i make it get use to me? He is scare of me.
    So is true they dont bite?

    • It will get used to you if you keep handling it! Easy. And no, they don’t bite. The worst that can happen is they sometimes grab your fingers pretty tightly with their claws and it can be hard to pry them off. Doesn’t really hurt – it’s just hard to get them to let go.

  7. Bahahaha it happend to my fiancee hehehehehehehe omg im so happy to have oneeee thank u so muchhhhhhh i hope my mom doesnt scream at me ahhhhhhh… Bahahaha

  8. Hey i have a ten gallon tank with coconut substrate and a nice piece of druftwood and about 30 cocks and a giant african millipede. They live very well together and i was wondering if you know any live plants like grass or moss or something i can put in there that wont kill them. Thanks

    • I really don’t know, but I can’t imagine that grass or moss would hurt them. They might nibble it a bit, but I don’t see why it would so anything bad to them. I haven’t ever tried it though, so I can’t say for sure.

    • Possibly, but without having ever seen him or experienced what he was like normally, I’m really not the right person to diagnose your roach. You know him better than I do, so what do you think?

  9. My new little girl Kagome (yes, im sad like that) is alot darker than yours, but she’s still lovely, and the funny thing is, i’ve had her for only two days and i can’t get her to hiss at me no matter how hard i try to wind her up (not being nasty of course), but the the day my friend gave her to me who looked after her for a week, she hissed every time he picked her up. Which gives the impression shes not all that fond of men. I love it when they hiss, but im kinda happy she doesnt find me as a threat or anything.

    • It’s been my impression that hissers hiss less when they’re handled frequently than when they’re left alone. Your theory might be correct, but perhaps your friend just left her be while you were gone so she forgot what it was like to be handled?

      • Perhaps, but what i’ve been told was that she never had attention, and was never handled. I just thought it was unusual that she would hiss at him then stop when he gave her to me. I’ve also noticed that they are more likely to hiss depending on the temperature. I do my best to keep her above 10 degress celcius, but i will be getting a proper heat matt soon. The other day, i left the heating on abit too high and when i went to get her out it was roughly 30-40 degrees, and she hissed at me! I was amazed and kept poking her gently till the temperature cooled and she stopped. In fact, i might be able to use this as an experiment in one of my college assignments! She also tried to eat me the other day, which was funny ‘cus it bairly tickled. :)

        • I read the first couple of sentences and immediately thought that maybe temperature has something to do with it! Great minds think alike, eh? :) I know that when I hold hissers, they tend to go rather comatose and I’ve always assumed it’s because I have incredibly warm hands. One of the roaches that I used to take to classrooms full of kids was absolutely silent and perfectly still sitting on me in a way she wasn’t with anyone else. The only difference I noticed was that my hands were MUCH warmer than any of the kids’ hands, so I figured she enjoyed it. She also lived in my very cold apartment and I was dragging her out and about in cool weather, so it probably felt nice to warm up a bit every now and again.

          Now my gigantic male, Mr. Rochester… He hisses at everyone and everything. I’ll be working in my office at home and he’ll be hissing up a storm because one of the gals in his harem has stepped onto the wrong part of the log or something. That is one crabby roach!

          • hahahaha. You say that, but i have very cold hands, even in summer. She sits quite calmly in my hands too, and gets active when i hold her infront of my heater. My room is really cold too, and she spends most of her time in one spot in her tank. i guess it’s cus they are insects and require heat to move.
            Another thing i wanted to mention is soon after i got her. I had some free time and got her out to hold her, but where i had picked her up there was a giant wet patch. and while i was holding her, she kind of ‘threw up’ what i think was water (didnt smell or cause harm or anything). does this sound normal???

              • Hahahaha, i hope not! yeah, i just don’t know what its all about. the day i got her, she almost jumped at her water bowl and then threw it back up the next day. :/ maybe just stress from moving about so much. ( i did have her in my bag on the way home, which im ashamed to say..). Its almost stopped now so im not that worried anymore.

                What fruit do you feed yours? do they have any favourites, or will they eat anything? My Kagome seems to love grapes. :)

                • My hissers don’t often get fruit, mainly because I don’t like fruit and my husband can’t eat most of them, so we never have it in the house. My guys get mostly veggies: lettuce, carrots, squashes, potato or sweet potato, etc.

                  • Aww, thats a shame. I’ve yet to give her veg, and im not sure whether she’ll like it. Though i suppose as long as she eats it, right? Why can’t he? Is he allergic? I can’t have apples; the acid turns my stomach and i become ill. :/

                    • My husband can’t process sugars very well, so he has to be careful how many of them he eats. Funny that you’re allergic to apples though! Me too! There aren’t all that many of us, so it’s always interesting to learn of new people who can’t eat them.

                    • oh dear, im gueesing its a type of diabetes? I knew someone who was allergic to sugars, she was so skinny.. wow, what were the chances of that? yeah, the acid turns my stomach.

  10. Do you know anywhere that they sell hissers? I finally
    convinced my parents to let me get one, but I cant find them
    anywhere.

    • You can buy them online for sure, though stores that specialize in reptiles often have them. Online, I recommend kenthebugguy.com (you might be buying one of the ones I donated to him!), but there are a lot of other places that sell them online too. Ken sells them in small quantities though, while lots of others only sell 10 at a time.

      Good luck finding your new pet!

  11. I just LOVE how you named them Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth! And also, do you find it important to feed them dog and cat food. I’ve been feeding my Karen whole wheat bread, carrots, lettuce, and oats. Is that enough?

  12. Hi, so my hisser (who has lived alone in a set up similar to yours for about a year) just had babies alone. I don’t think another plain roach could have slipped in the cage, but I suppose anything is possible. I know some insects can carry eggs or whatever for a long time–is that possible here? I mean, I just didn’t expect Gregor Samsa to be a mother today. It gives me the heebie jeebies.

    • Huh. Interesting! I had no idea that they might be able to store sperm that long, but your experience suggests that they can. How odd! Now I want to look into that. I’ll add it to my list of mysteries to solve.

      If you don’t want the babies (and sorry, but I can’t possibly take any more – I currently have more than I can handle!), my recommendation is to clean out the cage, dump all of the bedding into a bag with all the babies, then stick the bag in the freeer overnight. I always feel a little bad killing my roaches, but there are only so many roaches any one person can handle and sometimes you just have to do it. Alternatively, there are a lot of teachers that like to use them as pets or experimental subjects who might be interested. I’ve gotten rid of a lot of my babies that way too. And once I gave a bunch to a pet shop that sells them to add to their colony. All good options for unwanted roaches.

      LOVE the name of your roach! Makes me sorry I didn’t come up with that one on my own… My roaches are quite literary, but it never even occurred to me to go Kafka with them!

  13. Hi, so I have a male hisser at home all alone in a tank, he wont eat very much if anything at all and he is not very active. I thought of getting him a female to see if that would improve his “attitude”, but every website I go onto does not tell you if they are giving you a male or female when you buy one. Do you know of any websites that let you choose what gender you buy, or any other way to get him a female?

  14. I have always thought that cockroaches were horrible animals, but after having to do a assignment for collage on them, and stumbling upon this, i really have changed my mind. would really like to add one too the family, but with lizards and eggs about to hatch, i think i’ll wait for awhile!

  15. I have hissers in my classroom at school. We just had babies yesterday, and the kids were so excited! That is all they could talk about yesterday. We have 4 males and 7 females, and now have added to our family. :) Any tips on the babies? Thanks!

    • My only tips would be make sure they have food and water and keep them clean and they should be fine. In my experience, they’re relatively easy to care for and resiliant to what most kids can throw at them (figuratively at least!). They’re also excellent escape artsts, so you’ll need to have a fine mesh lid to keep them in. Learned that the hard way when I had my first batch and they walked right through the slats on the top of the plastic aquarium I keep them in! I just lined my lid with a paper towel that I taped to reinforce the edges that come into contact with the lid. Works wonderfully, and didn’t require buying a whole new container for my babies.

      Love that your kids were so thrilled with their new family members! That’s just adorable.

      • My teacher has like 20 and he is going to give me 4 of them… 1 male 1 female and 2 nymphs, I don’t have any supplies yet. What can I put them in for the time being? Im going to mexico for the summer and dont know if I should take them with me or not. Any advice?

        • They can go into any container that has holes small enough that any future nymphs can’t get out. You can feed them dry dog food and give them water in a sponge and leave them for a while. They might not be super happy with this arrangement (they really do love getting fresh veggies and regular clean water), but they should at least survive for a while if you do this much. Honestly, I wouldn’t recommend bringing them to Mexico unless you have a permit for them. You can probably get them there, but getting them back across might not go so well…

          Hope this helps!

  16. I a gal in my 50-s who’s always loved insects. I just bought 4 island roaches. I went in looking for meal worms & came out with a tank & them . They were being sold as lizard food& I just felt bad for them. I found this site & love all of the information on here.
    Now, I want to find hissing roaches. Does anyone know of a place in Connecticut that sells them?
    Thanks

    • If you can’t find them for sale in your own area, you can purchase them online if you really want them! I know kenthebugguy.com sells them on his website, though you can get them from other sources as well.

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  18. I was given an single adult female about seven years ago. A couple of months later, she gave birth to exactly 50 babies. That’s right, FIFTY! Generations have been born since, all descended from that one female, but when youngsters appear now, there are usually just a handful. Their numbers seem to have reached an equilibrium with their environment some years ago. They really are great “alternative” pets. When I hear multiple hisses, it’s a sure bet that some of the males are playing “King of the Mountain” on top of their log, and it’s always fun to watch them try to knock each other around with their rear ends :)

    Anyway, I wanted to mention to you and your readers that banana, especially OVERRIPE BANANA, is a super mega treat for them like no other. The lot of ’em will go after it like a pack of hungry wolves, and my brood of about 40 can finish most of a small banana in a day. They will even reach up and take it right from your fingers! They also enjoy our leftover banana peels, which they pick clean, leaving just the thin outer husk.

  19. I have 6 Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, I got them after having a snake that was awesome, a newt that starved himself to death and then another snake that starved its self to death as well. I got the idea to get these wonderfully entertaining species after I heard that they are happy eating nearly any type of food and don’t care if it has mold or something on it. I am happy to say I have 6 MHC’s but there are a few that look pregnant. Pretty exited to see the baby roaches! I have seen them “getting busy” before so I know that they are going to just keep on having roaches. :) I love them to death but since they all look the same except the female and male differences I have decided not to name them unless there is something I can stick on their shell or something.

    • Fun! Glad you’re enjoying your roaches. I really loved mine while they lasted! I did, however, find that I was no longer able to care for them and started dispatching the baby roaches when they were born and didn’t replace my adults when they finally died of old age. Hope you get babies soon!

  20. Hi! So I recently took in what I was told were 4 boy hissers. I have little babies now lol. My question is, I have them in a Terrarium with slats in the top. I put a little Vaseline at the top, should this prevent the babies from escaping? I would hate for them to escape….
    Also at what age can I sell them? I Def do not want to keep this many. Thanks!!

    • I’m not sure about saleable age for hissers – you’d need to ask whomever you wanted to sell them to what they prefer – but it’s not like they’re getting anything from their parents once they’re born. As for the Vaseline… I’m not sure that’s going to be sufficient to keep them in the container! My container has slats too, and I just put a papertowel over the top of the container before snapping the lid on and I haven’t had many escapees. Really simple, keeps the air flowing in and out well, and keeps the hissers inside.

      Hope this helps!

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  23. I have three big boys and they are great. True, each has its own personality. My G. portentosa is very large and quiet, and my G. oblongonota is very active when it’s handled, while my P. vanwaerebecki is smaller but always in sight. I bought them when they’re nymphs so basically they don’t hiss anymore because they know me but occasionally they fight, hissing and push (3 are males). In the end they are good friends and maybe they deserve some ladie-roaches soon. They’re also my 3 favorite models… Yep, photography is not just people and beautiful landscapes!

    • So glad you use your roaches as models! I think they’re quite striking if you really look. All those spines and plates and bumps – very interesting texturally! So glad to hear that you love your roaches. My last one died about a year ago and I miss them.

  24. I want some! I’m afraid my parents will shoot me, though. I’m 23 and moving out next year (had a set back with my car needing a brand new transmission and needless to say it ate up all my moving out money). I’ll have to get a pair when I get my own place. I also want a Giant Black Millipede. And a ball python. Yeah, people will say my pets aren’t cute and cuddly but who cares hah.

    • There’s nothing wrong with having pets that aren’t cute and cuddly! I know loads of people who have reptiles, amphibians, and insects as pets and they love them. Hope you are successful with your future pets!

  25. Hi dragonflywoman! I have an update, I have about 3 adult cockroaches now (the adults died naturally of age. Also I have about 10-15 baby cockroaches by the looks of it, haven’t had the time to count… I am back from a trip and they are happy to see me, they love being held. My cat won’t leave my room, lol, she is happily sitting on the cage to “supervise” the cockroaches.

    • My gut tells me that’s no problem, but I honestly don’t know for sure as I’ve never tried to combine them myself nor know anyone who has. They’re all decomposers, so they shouldn’t eat each other at least, but what I’m not sure about is whether the chemicals that millipedes tend to contain are harmful to the roaches or not. If in doubt, keep them separate! Also, if you have a male and female roach, you’re going to end up with a whole lot of roaches eventually – you may not have enough space for the millipede at some point!

    • I’m not really sure! Rabbit food has little protein, but these guys are herbivores (well, technically detritivores), so it will probably work. Give them some fresh veggies too – that keeps them happy. Mine were carrot fiends!

  26. Do you know if you can put Halloween hissers and madagascar’s together? Also, did the critter keeper contain the babies or can they get out of the tiny slits?

    • I have no idea if you can mix them, unfortunately. However, I do know that the babies were able to get out of the little slits on the plastic aquarium I kept them in. I just lined the lid with a paper towel and that kept them mostly contained without impeding the flow of air into their cage.

    • Halloween Hissers do fine with Giant Hissers. I recently added a m/f pair of Halloweens to my Giant hisser colony. :)

  27. Thank you for this very enjoyable post and info! I recently bought a Hisser and was worried about the stress I might be causing him when he hisses but knowing that one of yours is hissing all the time and is very hardy gave me comfort.

  28. FASCINATING!! Wheel, I’m one of those folks whose pets might be described as less than cuddly… Lol. I have 1 adult male green iguana- his name is Plato, he is an indoor, 4 and a half foot long, 10 Lb, free range (inside the house) sweetheart. Then I have two adult bearded dragons, a young male (Iggy) and an older female (Shin),, five crested geckos (Blaze, Lady Chantilly, Beauty, BB, and Echo), and my only fuzzy…my cat Rain….lol, add a colony of meal worms and a colony of kingworms. Soon, I will be adding a colony of Dubia roaches and another of Hissers. I’m super excited. I’ll be raising my insect colonies for feeders for some of my reptiles but who be making pets out of my best breeders. My hubby is oj with the reptiles… But he got EXTREMELY excited about the insects. Lol!! He keeps asking when they will be in… I love that he andican share our interests!!

  29. Fun reading a good portion of this. I’ve been breeding Giant Hissers for a few years now, as well as Dubias. They are food for my Monitor Lizards, but the Hissers are almost more pets than feeders. My Chameleons get fed the overage of babies, and my Nile & Savannah Monitors do get the occasional male adult Hisser if there is too much male vs male hissing/headbutting going on, but generally, I just let the adults be. They’re a great little animal. I also have one GIANT male, “Big Daddy”, who is quite boisterous also. :) I recently bought a pair of adult “black phase” Giant Hissers and an adult pair of Halloween Hissers to mix things up in their bin a little.

    Roaches are a fun project and my wife, four kids and I enjoy our, now, 6 species, including Halloween Hissers, Giant Hissers, Dubia, Discoid, Ivory Head & Dwarf Cave Roaches.

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