If you know how to care for Orange Head Roaches properly, they can grow up to two inches long and live for two years once adulthood is reached. How do you care for Orange Head Roaches properly? The following are some tips and tricks to get the most out of your Orange Head Roaches and ensure that they are healthy enough to breed as quickly as you need them to:
You can keep your roaches in anything from a five-gallon bucket or rubber storage tub with ventilation holes to a large, glass fish tank. No matter what you choose to keep your Orange Head Roaches in, you must make sure that there is enough standing room for the roaches as well as room for food and water dishes. Additionally, it is important to cover any holes created for ventilation with a fine metal mesh. This is important to ensure that no roaches escape and that other pesky insects are unable to enter the enclosure.
If you want to have happy roaches, it is important to make sure that they have plenty of room to climb and places to hide. By adding an egg crate or toilet paper tubes to a habitat, you are giving them just that!
There is no need for special lighting when it comes to raising Orange Head Roaches. They are nocturnal by nature, so the darker a space is, the more active they will be.
Though they do not require special lighting, is important that they are kept in a room with moderate temperatures – between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
Roaches do not do well when humidity levels drop. They are from the Caribbean, so they thrive best in a humid environment. Therefore, depending on the climate you live in, it is important to mist the roaches’ habitat with water every, or every other, day.
Orange Head Roaches tend to be more carnivorous than other species of roach, often biting or chewing the wings of others in their habitat. It is important to note that wing chewing is purely cosmetic and does not affect breeding at all. However, this problem can be addressed, and minimized, by paying close attention to a roach’s diet. Orange Head Roaches need to be fed a high-protein diet with greens being offered two or three times per week. As with all feeder animals, it is important to pay attention to what you feed them because of the direct correlation between that and the nutritional value they give the animals you feed them to.
There are commercial Orange Head Roach dietary products including canned and dry foods. They can also be fed foods intended for monitors and bearded dragons. However, they should also be fed vegetables like carrots, leafy greens, celery, tomatoes, bananas and squash. Roaches are very opportunistic feeders, meaning that they will eat anything you feed them. Though this is true, it is not an excuse to feed them garbage. It is important to fill them with vitamins and nutrients that will be passed on to the animal who eats them.
One thing you definitely need to remember is to remove uneaten food from the roaches’ habitat within a few days. This will keep your roaches healthy by keeping them away from any mold.
After your Orange Head Roaches have matured into adulthood, they are ready to begin breeding. To induce the breeding practices of Orange Head Roaches, it is important to raise the temperature of the roaches’ habitat to between 80 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. If this is done, breeding will occur quickly.
If your roaches are breeding too quickly, feel free to lower the temperature of their habitat to around 75 degrees Fahrenheit. This will allow the roaches to grow and thrive, but it will slow down the breeding process.
Female Orange Head Roaches lay eggs in an egg case that is incubated internally for 30 days. After 30 days have passed, approximately 40 young will be born. It is important to consider not separating nymphs, baby roaches, from their parents right away. It seems that there is a physical connection between them that can help them thrive – though it is not uncommon for nymphs to be separated from their parents right away.
Nymphs are approximately 3/16 of an inch when they are born and will reach adult size in three to four months.
Depending on how many roaches you have per container, habitats should be cleaned at least once a month. Some Orange Head Roach breeders prefer to clean habitats once a week. Since Orange Heads omit an offensive odor as a defense, it may be beneficial for you to clean habitats frequently so as to eliminate any added odorants – like waste.
To clean your roach enclosures, simply brush or scoop waste off of the bottom and remove.
Orange Head Roaches truly do only require common sense care. Just be sure that they have something to climb on, like an egg crate, the proper temperature and humidity levels, enough room to move around, and the proper nutrition. They are living creatures and need to be cared for as such.