GOURMET DISH FOR HISSERS ----- GOURMET CARROT SALAD
GOURMET CARROT SALAD
Carrot is one of the favorite foods of Madagascar Giant Hissing Cockroaches
(Hissers). For this article, I am writing about bad, good, better and the best
way to prepare carrots for Hissers.
Choose a firm and fresh carrots. Do not use old, discolored, dried or molted
carrots. Then, wash your carrot and your hands under cool/warm water. Do not use
any soups or detergents. Any substances on the surface of the carrot have to be
washed away. The grease/sweat from your hand also have to be washed away because
Hissers do not like grease/sweat of human hand.
Serving carrot as is, regardless of the size of the colony (even over 300
Hissers in 10-gallon tank) is totally bad. Hissers of any stages even can not
munch the surface of the carrots. Their mouth-pad is not made to munch the
smooth and flat surface. The carrots will surely be forgotten and wasted in the
tank. And when you leave it for another few days, it starts producing deadly
fumes for Hissers, and even starts breeding Bad Mites (See my other
articles on Bad Mites)
Cutting the half of the carrot in 4 pieces in horizontal
direction (to produce skinny long four pieces) is still bad. The surface
condition is still not easyEfor smaller nymphs to munch them.
You should never leave a large amount of fresh vegetables in
their tank when you leave your home for a few days (especially for a weekend
camping trip!) This is especially critical when you breed many Hissers in a
small container. The bad fume produced by decomposing vegetables make them sick
or kills them. The same thing can be said to other tropical pet roaches.
(Incidentally the same thing can be said to crickets, too.) Roaches were
abundant during the Carboniferous period, 250 million years ago (far before the
time of dinosaurs) according to the comprehensive fossil records. Roaches still
like almost identical environment rich in oxygen with high humidity with
high temperature. In fact, over 99% of over 3500
identified roaches today live in tropical rainforests (jungles).
Use a skin peeler to prepare the carrot. You can get it at any super markets.
Try to produce each peeled strips as thin as possible. The length is not matter.
Now, you made a plain carrot salad for Hissers. The carrot prepared in
this manner is so easy for even smallest Hissers to munch it. As you can see,
Hissers munch each strip from their side just like most of caterpillars eat
leaves on a branch of a tree. Note that their mouthpads move side to side and
their heads move from up to down when they eat. This is the easiest and fastest
way for Hissers to eat carrots.
Although the carrot is one of Hissers favorite foods, it is not contain the
complete nutrients. Another words it is not a complete dinner. (Hissers
are nocturnal which means they are active at night. They eat at night the most.)
Breeding Hissers with only vegetables and fruits are not recommended to produce
healthy and well-breeding adults. To produce healthy exoskeleton, they need
calcium. To produce healthy muscles and eggs, they need protein.
Therefore, to prepare the complete dinner for Hissers,
we need a gourmet toping for the above-prepared plain carrot salad.
The topping should be made of finely ground following ingredients. They
are dried dog food (protein of land animals), dried cat food (protein of under
water animals), calcium powder, and dried milk (calcium). (I am still
experimenting a variety of ingredients to produce better topping.) Each
ingredient must be finely ground by any mechanical devices you have at your hand
- whether it is a canvas pliers from a painters atelier or a coffee bean
grinder from kitchen cabinet. (Make sure to ask your Mom! People can be very
sensitive about grinding dried dog food in a coffee bean grinder no kidding.
Also make sure to wash the coffee bean grinder before and after using it
thoroughly with soup and water for a long time.) Prepare a fairly large amount
of this topping and save it in a tightly capped container and placed it into a
refrigerator. They will last quite a long time with fresh/good condition. When
you place the plain carrot salad in Hissers tank, liberally sprinkle this
topping on it. This topping, by the way, should be the daily/main diet of
the Hissers. It should be placed on a low-rise lid of a small plastic container
in the Hissers tank for all the time. Here again, do not put too much of it.
When it turns whitish, immediately toss them away because it is not good now.
The problem of the above stated carrot salad with topping dinner is the
proportion between the carrots and the topping. Also, Hissers do not use
utensils to mix the topping to the salad when they eat, thus some of them might
miss eating topping. For the healthy growth of Hissers, the amount of the
topping has to be increased for this dish. To accomplish this, follow the
1. Place carrots and toping in a small, round and deep
2. Add more topping.
3. Toss them and/or shake them until the entire surface of the
carrot strips were coated with topping.
4. Serve it on a plastic low-rise tray (plastic round lid of a small container).
The Tossed Gourmet Carrot Salad should not touch the ground. Also produce
many small holes on the plastic round lid to circulate the air at the bottom of
the tossed carrot salad.
Now serve the Tossed Gourmet Carrot Salad Takeshi
style immediately to your Hissers! Can you see big smile on their small
1. To the topping, you could also add a small amount of other ingredients
such as oats, brown sugar and etc. Experiment and prepare the best topping
for your Hissers.
2. Do not save the Tossed Gourmet Carrot Salad in a plastic container in a
refrigerator to serve them the day after tomorrow. Always prepare this dish
3. Do not serve your Hissers Tossed Gourmet Carrot Salad everyday.
Consider this dish as weekly treat for your Hissers.
4. Remove the remains of this dish after about 3nights (before it becomes bad),
depending on the temperature and the humidity inside of the tank. Try not to put
too much for each dish.
5. Although carrot is one of the favorite foods of Hissers, some small number of
Hissers almost ignore this dish. In my Hissers tank, about 15 to 25 Hissers
out of over 300 Hissers prefer dried ground Oak leaves over carrots. Observe
what YOUR Hissers like for their main dish by giving them variety of small
amount of foods as experiments. Try at least 20 different foods dried foods,
canned food, boiled foods, deep flied foods, steamed foods, live foods,
processed foods and etc.
Good luck to you and your pet insects!
(c) Takeshi Yamada 2002
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