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Pallid roaches (Phoetalia pallida) care sheet
« on: May 18, 2017, 16:46:02 PM »
Care Sheet for Pallid Roach (Phoetalia pallida)

As more feeding objects we use for our pets then better results with their health and breeding we will see. Nowadays market offers really many options, but sadly only few are in use among Irish reptile & amphibians keepers. I hope this short article will help everyone!

Origin:
Caribbean Islands / South America

Species features:
Its size is 1.5-2 cm, females have more stronger built and wider abdomen, males are slimmer and a bit smaller.  By overall appearance this species can be confused with another species - Lobster roaches (Nauphoeta cinerea), but in fact it is smaller and softer.

Behavior & Keeping:
Keeping is similar to most of other roaches:
Minimal requirement is standard plastic box that can be purchased in every DIY shop and also you will need something to give roaches an opportunity to climb. Most usually keepers use egg crates, as they are cheap, organic and non-toxic for insects, which will eat it slowly.

Pallid roach is a very good climber, so make sure that box is properly closed.Use vaseline to create a barrier (2-3 cm) that will prevent them to reach box lid - be aware, many plastic boxes designs may have lacunas under lids, which can be used by roaches as escape opportunity. If it will be happen - as these insects origins from tropical region they are not able to survive outside of controlled by keeper environment and will not infest household.

Keep in mind that Pallid roaches can jump and do it when scared of something. Also they can fly, but it looks more like gliding style than real flight.

They are not aggressive to other species and can be kept with Dubia roaches or Hissing roaches together. This is not necessary and such keeping method is pretty unusual, but sometimes it can be useful to keep one or two Hissing roaches in culture as cleaners (they will eat dead Pallid roaches). 

At the start of new colony you can keep a vial with water in the box to ensure that all insects have access to this resource, but it is not necessary if they will get enough food. The bigger colony will grow then more stable it will be - roaches will create appropriate level of humidity and no spraying will be required.

Feeding:
This species is omnivorous, what means - they can eat almost everything, including paper or cartoon. However to make them more nutritious for pets it is strongly recommended to give them fresh vegetables/fruits (apples, pears, oranges, carrots, beetroot etc), meat of different types can be used as well (as the cheapest example - chicken).

Breeding:
This species is viviparous, which means that they will incubate eggs in their bodies and bear live nymphs. Nymphs size is about 2 mm, so another important thing is to use very fine metal mesh for side ventilations to keep new born insects inside the box.

Females will give birth (10-30 nymphs) every 3-4 weeks, the most optimal temperature for this cycle is 27-28C, but they can reproduce even at 20-23C. Another good news is that adult specimens do not eat nymphs.


1.0 Varanus exantimaticus
0.1 Elaphe dione Xian locality

0.0.3 Avicularia versicolor
0.0.4 Acanthoscurria geniculata

Peruphasma schultei

Gromphadorhina portentosa
Shelfordella tartara
Panchlora nivea
Phoetalia pallida
Blaberus discoidalis
B. craniifer
Blaptica dubia
Gyna cafforum
Lucihormetica subcincta