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  1. I'm curious as to the legality of importing native species from out of country. I'm already fully aware that importing non-native species is completely illegal, but I've been unable to find a clear cut answer as to species that are native to the states already. I'm really interested in some of the work that has been done with our native species in Japan, and I'm already planning on getting some Pacman frogs legally exported from there. I've also seen people bringing Lucanus elaphus back in to the states from Japan, but I have no idea how they went about that, so I am wary to say it was a legal process. Anyone have a clean cut answer on that, or at least the ability to illuminate rather than speculate?
  2. I do not know the species of this grub, since I just found him on an off chance while out gathering substrate material. I want to say he is now L3 since he's a lot bigger than when I first got him but I didn't find him tiny, and he's doing well on the mix I have given so I assume it's a rhino/ox of some sort. Anyway! I made these gifs to explain to a friend how they crawl along their backs when she asked how they got around with those giant butts and tiny legs. Also some bonus fresh hatched D tityus! The poor pale guy hatched deformed but I have high hopes for the others.
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    Mystery grub crawling gifs

    I don't think we get D. granti here either, though I do believe we get D.tityus this far north but this definetly isn't D. tityus. The head would have to be a lot darker, I think. This state is huge with lots of different ecosystems, but we are very south and not terribly west. We get lots of crisscrossing territories but I don't think there's solid coverage for anything. If it is a flower, I'm going to need to give it a lot more wood, so that is good to know. I wasn't aware only particular beetle types moved along their back. I thought it was a more common form of locomotion. Also good to know! This guy isn't a recent find, I came across him in... November I believe?
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    Mystery grub crawling gifs

    I wish I could, but all I have is a poopy cellphone camera that detests taking photos of small things. The best photo I got of him last night was this: Not really ID worthy. All the other ones came out too dark, too blurry, or more often too amorphous blob. It'll have to wait until I get a camera with a macro setting
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    Breeding stenopelmatus fuscus

    I wish I could tell you, I just dug through some selective googling to get the info I gave. Sorry man
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    Euchroea histrionica

    Sorry about that. A lot of us are US located, so we're not allowed to have anything that isn't US native. Leaves us with a bit of an information void I'm afraid.
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    My underwater "bugs"

    Thought I should let you know that I never really considered shrimp as a pet until you showed that there were multiple varieties.. currently in the process of planting a 30 gallon and a 5 gallon for cherry varieties! You put the bug in my ear, so to speak, and I've been doing research and getting a little obsessed. Do you have any recommendations for folks to go to for high grade cherries?
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    Ball python

    If your female is not het for albino, you won't get an albino cinnamon. From a clutch between these two, your odds are 50/50 for each egg to be a normal or a cinnamon. All of the babies will be 50% het albino (if dad is 100% het albino,) meaning there's a 50% chance they are carrying the albino gene. If you want to hit an albino cinny, you need to have a cinnamon carrying the gene for albino. I would hold back any cinnamon daughters and breed them back to dad to try and prove them out if you don't want to buy an albino gene cinnamon. However you can never have too many females, picking up het albinos or other codoms carrying the albino gene would work just as well. You just won't get any visible albinos from this pairing here.
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    Ball python

    Is your cinny female het for albino? Albino cinnamons are some seriously sexy combos. If she is, I hope you hit an albino cinnamon!
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    Breeding stenopelmatus fuscus

    No personal experience, but from what I've read: Sandy soil would be a good substrate! It must be loamy enough to hold burrows. These guys are big on burrowing so deeper is better. You probably won't see much of them except for at night - maybe make sure they are exposed to a natural photoperiod through a nearby window to keep 'em on track. They do have a particular mating season. Set the terrain up with plenty of hiding places so they feel secure! They'll eat lots of stuff, including greens/veggies as a main part of the diet. They like small roots, potatoes, carrots, grainy foods, fruits... but they are BIG on eating predaciously, they need a sufficient amount of protein. They will hunt and eat other insects and eat meat if they're presented with it. Cannibalization can occur before mating because of this, but I'm having trouble finding anyone mentioning if they are supplementing any protein to try and prevent it. If you're going to attempt it, make sure there's a lot of space for each cricket, and lots of hiding places and additional food sources available. You'd still be going in blind of gaurantees, though. Females also cannibalize the males after mating. If you want to keep your male going, might be better to seperate their housing by sex, and make sure the female is stuffed full of other protein before you introduce the male.
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    Dynastes tityus

    I love the blonde haired heart throb look his dark shell gives. He's really cute! Nice find, especially with the females!
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    Importing natives?

    I can blame them for having poor information. Ignorance of available information is never anyone's fault but the individuals, and that it should harm or hinder anyone else is idiocy at its finest. I'm fully aware of invasive species and the issues they cause. However, I am also keen on keeper rights and I am not a fan of blanket bans or assumptions. They are lazy, dismissive, and harmful. Using the beetle hobby as an example, imagine if they were better evaluated and banned species by species instead of as a whole - the hobby would be a lot bigger than it is. Things could even be handled at the state level populations could only establish in small pockets and microclimates. Instead, we get federal legislation that makes taking natives over state lines illegal. If they were the ones who banned it, how can I NOT blame them? I'm not faulting them, but blame is certainly deserved. I'm not here to debate that. I'm very prickly about these things, sorry.
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    Importing natives?

    The USDA claims a lot of things. I wish there was a more knowledgeable authority to call them out on blatant mistakes like that. Stupid blanket bans and their interfering with my conscious grumblegrumble etc
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    Dynastes neptunus 3D puzzle model

    Oh my goodness I need to get this. I've collected toys in the past, but when I look at the wildlife figurine selection Japan has I get pretty overwhelmed, they have some truly quality stuff.. this is definitely very nice and stand out enough to get.
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    Importing natives?

    Wait, having native species cross state lines is illegal? Is this a part of the Lacey Act or something very similar? That.. honestly gives me second thoughts about ever selling anything I raise, I would prefer to operate within the law regardless of how ridiculous it is. Perhaps I'll only vend from the local reptile show should the time ever come. Thank you for the more concise answer guys, every time I tried to find it, I came across nothing but language referring to invasive species.
  16. Composted manure has been allowed to decay and is broken down. This makes it more suitable for plants, but less suitable for dung beetles. Nutritional worth varies by stage of decay.
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    My underwater "bugs"

    I've never seen the blue velvet shrimp before! They are all very cute
  18. Manure for gardens is composted manure, so no, it would not work. I think its 4 - 7 inches, the deeper the better. Make sure they still have lots of floor space too.
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    Clip wings?

    The thing with birds, is it is a completely painless snip at primary feathers. These grow back, and they don't take away a bird's ability to fly completely. Clipping wings is actually a controversial and heavily debated topic amongst bird enthusiasts. I personally do not clip my bird's wings, and instead work on training, most specifically with recall commands! For a beetle, you would be shearing off one of its major limbs. It will not grow back, it leaves them open to infection, it would be great stress, and the beetle probably would not function normally after having its wings sheared. I really, really would not clip a beetle's wings. Just keep the cage secure and be unafraid to pick them up and place them back.
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    Any beetles give live birth?

    I don't think there are. Many cockroaches give live birth, though, if you're looking for a live birthing insect! I do not think cockroaches are technically beetles? I'm still pretty new to this myself. Not all of them are, but many roaches are ovoviviparous. Roach colonies are fun to keep and raise, especially if you have other animals that eat them. My dubia roaches give live birth, and I keep the colony for fun, as well as feeding my various vertebrate insectivores. The females are very cute!
  21. They only need to be provided with dung if you want to breed them. There is no substitute for dung when it comes to the females making brood balls. Nobody has succesfully replaced a dung brood ball with a fake brood ball as of yet. The adults can be kept with no dung around just fine provided egg laying isn't the end goal for them From the sounds of it, just provide them with dung (not compost) and substrate deep enough to bury the brood balls, and they do the rest! Use sifted dirt from your yard, or mix pesticide free plant food free soils mixed with some sand as substrate and press it down nice and firm, then put some loose on top. Keep it humid but not dripping. Give them a good sized wad of herbivore crap once a week or so and keep food constantly available, and you'll have busy, happy beetles.
  22. Hello! I'm very new to beetle keeping (which is to say, I don't even have a single grub to my name) and to inverts in general. I've kept a small handful of tarantulas, that's it. Mostly, I'm big in to reptile keeping, with some amphibians here and there. I would very much like to get in to rearing some of the more pet friendly and impressive species of US beetles, but we'll see how that goes - I started off loving ball pythons and thinking that they were the only reptiles worth keeping when I got in to herps, and now I have a very broad palette for species and find ball pythons to be among the most absolutely boring you could own. I wouldn't doubt that my list of species desired will grow just the same for beetles once I get the ball rolling. I don't have much to contribute as of yet, what with no experience and all, so I'm mostly here to learn and watch the classifieds since finding grubs and beetles has proven to be a difficult endeavor. Hopefully, though, I will be able to contribute something of meaning at some point. On top of being a reptile collector, I'm also an artist of many kinds for fun, and a barista for a living. Not too terribly interesting beyond that!
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    Caresheets? Fermented Sawdust?

    There is a portion on fermenting sawdust in The Ultimate Guide To Breeding Beetles. Definetly a book worth picking up. Long story short you mix up a bunch of shredded hardwood with some accelorators in a thick garbage bag and leave it in the heat to get toasty. Can get the regular recipe later, kinda brain dead right now at 3 am. Be careful where you put it, though, don't leave it in too dry an area. Fermentation and rot produces heat, wood and compost is nice and self-insulated. In hotter areas, mixes like that can ignite themselves with their own heat.
  24. I really love this book. I just got the hardcover a bit ago and have been thumbing through it since, after devouring the entirety of its contents in an afternoon. If it wasn't for it, I wouldn't have felt like I was properly armed with the information I needed to keep and breed these creatures, and luckily it contained at least a little bit on all the species I currently want to work with, as well as bringing a few new ones to my attention for consideration. It is definetly a step in the right direction for the hobby you love so much and it sounds like, at least with me, it accomplished its goal. I do feel like it could have been improved upon in some ways, but those ways are very few, and all completely organizational - something of a moot point, considering it is actually many books in one. Despite the repitition on some points between chapters and the differences in elaboration, there are few things I would change about what's there! Definetly a must have, with how sparse solid nuggets of information are.
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    New content?

    I really think the smallness of the beetle hobby here in the US can be 100% attributed to the fact that it IS small, and it is practically invisible. I just got in to this stuff. I've only spent not even a month getting in to it. I am an experienced husbandry researcher and can weed through all sorts of websites and information nuggets to find everything I need to maintain and breed just about anything - reptiles, amphibians, other inverts, fish, even exotic mammals. You can find husbandry information, breeders, and communities within the first couple links of a relevant google search. Not with beetles. With beetles, I had problems. I took it as a challenge, but most people would probably find it frustrating and think husbandry techniques are far too young. To top it off, once you find the information, finding a source is difficult. Beetles are not really widely available through common pet vendors across the states, and they aren't even available in specialty shops or at specialty shows - I see tons of inverts at the reptile shows I frequently attend, for instance. Not only do people have to come across the idea of keeping beetles on their own (you can have the idea to research tarantula keeping by seeing a tarantula for sale, but not so for beetles) but should you manage to glean enough scraps to feel prepared to keep one from the bowels of the internet, you are on to the second stretch of the challenge - finding and securing stock. The entry level for beetles is very high when it comes to information finding, and only the people with information will find vendors, and only people who can find vendors eventually enter the hobby. What the beetle hobby needs more than anything here in the US is definetly visibility. It needs to seem way more accessible than it currently does. Things like substrate will follow - after all, things like that already exist outside the US (premade and presupplemented substrates, beetle jellies, etc) but importation won't seem appealing to pet product vendors if the market isn't visible. Same for in-country producers. Information needs to be more available. Forum topics should be viewable by non-members. Beetle vendors could also stand to be more visible in general. I sort of feel like I'm wiggling my way in to a very exclusive club right now, trying to get in to beetle breeding, and a hobby that has the potential to explode definetly shouldn't feel that way. Once I get started on all of this, I do plan to extensively document and make information readily available in easy to understand, effective, accesible ways. I'd love to make a website centered on providing everything that I found lacking while trying to get my foot in the door. Visibilty and ease of access! That's all we really need, and the cute beetle faces will do the rest!