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Phileurus truncatus Inactive Adult Period

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How long do P. truncatus adults stay in their pupal cells after eclosing? I got one of mine out, and it seems active. This is the first time I have raised a rhino beetle, so I do not have experience with other species as a comparison. Should I just put it in an enclosure with deep substrate, offer some prey, and let it do its thing? 

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In my experience they come out pretty fast, unlike some other species like Luncanus that takes forever. Yes, do exactly like you said in your last sentence and you are good to go. That's what I did and all of mine are healthy and eating and doing well. Have fun, they are s pretty cool beetles and live a long time. What area do you live in? I caught mine in Arizona.

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1 minute ago, Garin said:

In my experience they come out pretty fast, unlike some other species like Luncanus that takes forever. Yes, do exactly like you said in your last sentence and you are good to go. That's what I did and all of mine are healthy and eating and doing well. Have fun, they are s pretty cool beetles and live a long time. What area do you live in? I caught mine in Arizona.

Mine came from central NC. I hope mine are fine with being played with because the one I held tonight was so cute to watch. 

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They are totally fine being played with and are very robust. I even had one escape his container for a few days. It was on a pretty high shelf so I'm pretty sure it dropped from a good distance. My my son found it wandering around the house a few days later and it was fine.

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