Orange Head Roach Care and Breeding
Orange Headed Roach Care and Breeding
The Orange Head Roach breeds very well and makes an excellent feeder. Very fast breeder for a non climbing species. Orange Head Roaches are live bearing, non climbing and non flying. Orange Headed Roaches get their name from the lovely orange coloring they achieve at adulthood. Adult Orange Headed Roaches are beautifully marked with a splash of orange on the pronotum and considered to be one of the most beautiful of the roach species. Nymphs are a deep red color. Unlike the Discoid and Dubia Roaches, Orange Head colonies do have a defensive odor when disturbed.
For an enclosure, use a glass aquarium, plastic critter keeper, Rubbermaid type plastic bin or garbage can. Orange Head Roaches can not climb so choosing enclosure is simple. Place cardboard egg flats in the bin or tank for hiding places. Stacking vertically works best as it allows all the debris to fall to the bottom of the enclosure. Use no substrate, it is not necessary and only makes cleaning more difficult. Some people use substrate such as bran bedding but that makes it harder to keep the enclosure clean. Plus it’s impossible to get the baby Orange Head Roaches out of the bedding as they will hide in it.
Unlike crickets, roach enclosures do not smell and can be kept clean with a little attention to housekeeping. Sweep or scoop the bottom of the enclosure as required, usually only every few months.
Orange Head Roaches are more carnivorous than other species of roaches and a lot has been made over their tendency toward wing biting. The problem is easily addressed by paying attention to diet and moisture requirements. Wing chewing does not affect the breeding of the colony and is mainly cosmetic.
It is especially important for Orange Headed Roaches that you provide a high protein food such as dry cat food or roach diet at all times. It may be placed in a dish or directly on the floor of the tank. Also try whole grain cereal, baby cereal or fish flake food. Orange Headed Roaches also enjoy meat much more so than other species of roaches do. Be careful to only feed as much meat as can be consumed in a few hours as an excess with draw flies and can spoil.
Water should be supplied by water gel as it does not get stinky the way sponges will. Using water gel insures against immature roaches accidentally drowning. A dish of water gel also raises the humidity inside the enclosure so that misting the sides of the tanks is not necessary. A constant source of moisture also tends to decrease the incidence of wing biting in the colony.
Offer your roaches fresh fruit or vegetables at least once a week. Carrot, apples, oranges, fresh leafy vegetables and fruit are all eagerly accepted. Remove any fruit or vegetables that are not eaten in a day or two to prevent mold. Mold is a threat to your roach colony, so best to feed only what they consume in a short while. Make sure any dry food such as roach diet or cat chow stays dry, easily accomplished if you are not using substrate or misting.
Keep your feeder roaches at a minimum temperature of 68 degrees. Orange Headed Roaches are Tropical Roaches and need to be kept warm. If you want them to breed, keep them warm. Day temperatures between 85 to 95 degrees are preferable. Humidity levels should be mid range. Unless you live in a very dry area of the country, there will be enough humidity at 90 degrees.
Orange Headed Roaches are easy and reliable breeders. If your adult Orange Headed Roaches are not producing young, then you are keeping the temperature too low. If roaches die during incomplete molts, then the humidity is too low.
It is best to allow your roach colony to become fully established before feeding heavily out of it. Once colonies are well established, you will have roaches of all different sizes to offer lizards the exact size they need.
We sell Orange Head Roaches. See Orange Head Roaches for Sale.
Need some tips on how to heat your roach tanks? See Heating Roach Enclosures.
Is there any advantage to using substrates? See Substrates for Roach Enclosures for common substrates and whether to use them.
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