Red Runner Feeder Roaches


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Red Runner Feeder Roaches are also known as Turkistan Roaches or Lats, are Shelfordella lateralis, formerly Blatta lateralis.

25 small to medium individuals for $12. Specimens measure about 1/3 to 1/3 inch on average but there is some variability outside those ranges as a bunch all live together and we don’t pick them out for orders one roach at a time. 😉

These are are often regarded as the best feeder replacement for crickets. Newborns are comparable in size to pinhead crickets and the oldest have a mass similar to adult crickets. Best of all they are very hardy and unlikely to die even with only minimal care. If you’ve ever smelled a single dead cricket fouling the air in a tank, you’ll easily understand why many keepers of feeder roaches have made the switch to roaches.

Turkistans are not able to climb glass and have a very limited ability to climb dry plastic. An inch or so strip of vaseline rubbed at the top of the tank will thwart any individuals that do happen to make the unlikely climb that far. They don’t fly, though adult males (only) do gain wings with the final molt.

Room temperature is fine and even colder, though they do grow more quickly at warmer temps and are only likely to reproduce in temps above 80 to 85 degrees.

Feed them a little dried dogfood, fruits and vegetables or whatever. They really aren’t picky.

Roaches love jelly products which are healthy, clean, don’t spoil and don’t attract pests or mold like rotting fruit sometimes does, particularly during warmer months of the year. I also offer mine fish food pellets in small amounts for protein and other nutrients. These small pellets disappear quickly and prevent attraction of mites, etc. Substrate in your roach tank provides both nutrition and humidity for your pets. My roach care sheet is located here.

Sorry, no shipping to Florida.

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Weight .15 lbs


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