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How to Breed Madagascar Hissing Roaches

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How to Start and Maintain a Madagascar Hissing Roach Colony If you're looking to find an easy, nutritious, stable food source for your pet reptiles, Madagascar hissing cockroaches are a great option. They're healthy, easy to care for, and they don't stink like crickets.  In this guide, I'll give you all the basic tips you need to start your own Madagascar hissing roach colony. From basic setup to long-term care, everything you need to know is listed below.  Basic Information The Madagascar hissing cockroach (or Gromphadorhina arthropoda) is a fairly easy insect to care for. Their basic needs are a...

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How to Feed Crickets

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Guide to Feeding Crickets Crickets will require differing feeding regimes depending on the phase of their life cycle. The types of food presented to them will also depend upon their final use, the keeper’s budget, their age, and certain aesthetic parameters. Adult crickets order in bulk are easy to keep alive.  They will thrive on both prepared rations and food scraps. The keeper feeding crickets to pets will need to manage a gutloading vs daily maintenance equation.  Daily Maintenance for cricket colony Daily maintenance of a colony of adults can be done with a varied diet of dry foods. Cricket...

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How to Set Up a Chick Brooder

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Setting Up Your Brooder For New Chicks Baby chicks are fragile beings that need to be cared for diligently. One way to ensure that baby chicks have ideal conditions for growth and safety is to set up a well-designed brooder. A brooder can be designed any way you want but it must have adequate ventilation, be structurally resilient, contain bedding material, have food and water while maintaining an optimal temperature. Many people, especially beginners, make their brooder out of plastic storage containers or cardboard boxes. While this will do, rounded metal containers, high-walled kiddie pools, and wooden brooders in the...

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Praying Mantis Care Guide

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Praying Mantis Care Guide Praying Mantis Introduction To me, there a few animals as fascinating as the praying mantis.  Their behavior and appearance make them superb pets for those who like creepy crawlies but who don’t have a lot of space for pets.  There are around 2300 species of praying mantis on the Earth of which a few hundred are being kept as pets. There are far too many currently popular pet species to list in one care guide, so examples of various types will be highlighted. There is no one right type to acquire.  Different species require different levels...

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Leopard Gecko or Bearded Dragon - Which Reptile is Best for Beginners?

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Which Reptile is Best for Beginners: Leopard Geckos vs Bearded Dragons Why are Leopard Geckos Good Pets for Beginners? Leopard geckos are always a good choice for reptile beginners. They are easy to find at your local pet store or reptile show and come in an array of patterns and colors, referred to as morphs. One leopard gecko can be kept in a 20-gallon tank from infancy to maturity. These geckos live a fairly long time though (10 to 20 years in captivity), so if your young child is wanting one, be prepared to care for them yourself or rehome...

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