Ways to Feed Lobster Roaches and Other Glass Climbing Species to Your Pets

Care should be taken when using Lobster roaches, Madagascar Hissing roaches, or any glass climbing species as feeders so that they do not escape the enclosure. Depending on what animal or insect you are feeding, there are some tried and true methods to insure that escapes do not happen.

Method # 1

If you are feeding lizards such as Bearded Dragons or Monitor Lizards that are scavengers by nature and thus take non live prey, simply pre freeze your roaches and defrost as needed. Roaches will keep in the freezer for many weeks with no freezer burn. Just let the frozen roaches defrost at room temperature and serve in a shallow dish. This is much more nutritious than feeding commercial canned feeder insects.

Method # 2

Feed your animals in a separate container with a strip of olive oil or cooking oil smeared along the top edge. Rubbermaid type tubs work well for this method. Simply put a large amount of roaches in the tub and transfer your lizards from their cages and place them all in the tub. When they have eaten their fill, return them to their housing.

Method # 3

Leave your animals in their own enclosure but smear a small amount of cooking oil or olive oil around the upper edges of the glass tank. The cooking oil or olive oil will do no harm if some is actually ingested.

Method # 4

Use a smooth plastic or glass feeding bowl deep enough to contain the roaches. Then smear your cooking or olive oil along the top edge of the feeding bowl to keep the roaches inside so your pet can eat out of the bowl at leisure. Works especially well for chameleons.

Method # 5

Cut off the head before feeding. It is said that usually the roaches still have enough movement left attract the interest of many reptiles. I have not personally tried this method.

Method # 6

Cool down Lobster roaches in the refrigerator or freezer to slow them down. Lobster roaches are extremely fast but the colder they are, they slower they move. Be careful not to accidentally freeze them, so check on them often and feed as quickly as you can.

Method # 7

Take a pair of sharp scissors and trim all three legs on one side of the roach body. If you are using an adult Lobster roach, the easiest way to accomplish this is to hold the roach by its wings. The roaches can still run quite well but they can no longer climb!

Additional Comments

These instructions were geared toward Lobster roaches as adult Hissing roaches do not move very quickly. Still, the nymphs are agile climbers so if you are using young Hissing roaches as feeders then best to follow one of the feeding methods above. Escaped tropical roaches fare very poorly in a household environment and are not equipped to survive in conditions found in most homes. It’s too cold for them plus there is the absence of food and water.


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