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Blatta lateralis, or Shelfordella lateralis, the Turkestan Cockroach , also known as the red runner, rusty red cockroach, or Red Lat is a small sized species of cockroach which grows to about 1inch in length. These roaches have been raising in popularity for that last few year as feeders for a variety of reptiles, amphibians, arachnids and fish.
The higher protein content combined with the easy to digest chitin shell make Red Runner Roaches highly sought after and a greater alternative to the most common staple feeder the Banded Cricket. Red Runner Roaches are much easier to keep than crickets. They have more positive nutritional benefits than super worms and mealworms
Highly Nutritious food for your pets
• Great for young to Mature insectivores
• Quickly Reproduces
• Excellent nutrition
• Easy to digest
• High in protein
• Growth sizes almost match banded crickets
Optimal Choice of Insect Feeder
• Odorless ( with regular enclosure cleaning out) and soundless
• Can be stored out of sight
• Simple to care for
• Cannot jump, fly or climb up smooth surfaces
• Triggers feeding responses in many Reptiles
Red Runner roaches need to be held in containers with smooth sides so they are not able to climb out of their enclosure. This species of outdoor wooded area roach are not known to climb smooth surfaces, they will be able to use rough-surfaces and walls as toeholds and may reach the top of the enclosure. To avoid them escaping place a layer of Smoothed out tape or layer of petroleum jelly along the inside top edge. Glass aquariums, plastic totes / tubs (18 – 30 Gal.), or Plastic insect carriers with ventilated lids can be used. Although the roaches cannot climb, it is wise to cover their enclosure so unwanted materials, pests or household pets cannot get in. Aquariums can be covered with mesh screen covers used for reptiles. Most plastic tubs are sold with heavy-duty plastic covers. In order to provide ventilation for a plastic tub, cut a hole in the cover at least 50% of the lid and hot-glue some vinyl mesh over the opening, you can also use a strong adhesive tape. This will make sure the humidity does not increase beyond the room’s normal humidity.
Red Runner roaches need places to stand and places to hide. Cardboard egg crate flats provide the surface area per square inch. You may be able to get egg crate flats from a local farms or stores or store like Walmart or you can buy them from our supplier at eggcartons.com. M.R. Pet Supplies recommend stacking the egg crate flats vertically so the Red Runner roach droppings fall to the bottom of the housing. Make sure that the cover is on tight and that the egg crate does not extend so close to the top of the enclosure that the roaches can crawl out, a good inch from top edge to top of egg crate is ideal.
FOOD AND WATER
Providing great nutrition and adequate hydration result in healthy Red Runner roaches, which means great food for your pets. Healthy Red Runner roaches provide a large array of great nutrition to the animals that feed on them (click here for a chart). Red Runner Roaches can eat a variety of dry fruit, grain or plant-based food including what is commonly called Roach chow, powdered grains, commercially available insect gutload, a variety of fruits and vegetables, especially orange ones which contain carotenoids (NOTE that do not gut load citrus for feeding some lizard species as this can be harmful to them.). Low moisture vegetable parings such as potato or other parings, apple cores or broccoli stalks. Be sure to remove fruit and vegetables before they get moldy (typically root veggies 12-24hours and leafy veggies 8-15 hours; mold is lethal to roach colonies. Avoid high protein foods such as dog or cat food and meat, since Red Runner roaches convert excess protein into uric acid that can harm the reptiles that eat them. 14-16% Protein is ideal for Red Runner roaches.
Red Runner Roaches droppings are called “frass". The enclosures will need to be cleaned every 4-6 weeks to reduce buildup of frass and shed exo-skeletons; this can be extended with the purchase of cleaning crew beetles sometimes called buffalo beetles or Dermestid (taxidermy) beetles( in the red runners environment they will not last very long as its very dry but can help extend the time between cleanings). This can be extended to 8 weeks easily. As long as there is not a sweet smell, pest invasion and you are removing any remain food scraps after 12-15 hours.
It is useful to have an extra enclosure and or a few 5 gallon buckets when cleaning. Transfer the egg crate flats with the Red Runner Roaches and the food and water dishes (which may contain roaches as well) to the extra container. Then you will begin the process of removing the frass and not roaches!
MATERIALS RECOMMENDED FOR RED RUNNER ROACH CARE
• Glass Aquarium or plastic tote / tub (at least 18-30 Gallon) (for smaller temporary feeder holding small plastic insect cages with ventilation slits.)
• Ventilated Enclosure cover (vinyl mesh and hot glue gun needed if converting a plastic tub cover)
• Egg crate flats
• Water crystals (recommended to not use with unprocessed oats click here for colony pests and issues)
• Roach food or veggies (click here for a list of great veggies and an inexpensive Red Runner roach chow)
• Shallow bowls or plastic cups with an opening
• Extra Tub to use when cleaning
IMPORTANT PLEASE READ
Please be aware that some people can develop allergies / Asthma to Red Runners roaches without proper airflow and ventilation. This can happen without warning and seems to increase with more exposure to their frass (excrement). This is more likely to occur if you are breeding roaches without proper ventilation, since it will dramatically