Mario's Super World

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Re: Mario's Super World

Postby SHBailey » Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:31 pm

It looks like you have a nice enclosure set up for him too.

BTW, what kind of a thermometer do you have? Those kind that stick on the wall are usually inaccurate. Hard to tell from the photos if that's what you have in there.
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Re: Mario's Super World

Postby MariosDad » Wed Aug 12, 2020 4:02 pm

Wow! It's been a while!

Mario is getting HUGE! He is 13 inches and 122 grams.
The most he's eaten so far is 435 bugs in 1 week, about 62 bugs a day! :shock:
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Roach breeding is going well, but the 1/2 inch bugs are elusive! We ended up getting a 3rd container so we can get the tiny babies out of the big bin and grow them in a different one.
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He's also big enough now to roam around the living room under CLOSE supervision. And, his first set of wings almost fits!
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Also, dubiaroaches.com is still (IMO) the best place to order bugs from. Mario eats dubias, BSFL, and mealworms for treats. I've never had a problem with them, and their Instagram is hilarious and transparent when it comes to their business practices. Can't recommend enough. :headbang:

Hope everyone else is doing well!
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Re: Mario's Super World

Postby SHBailey » Mon Aug 17, 2020 8:20 am

Sounds like Mario is doing a good job eating and growing. :blob5:

..And it also sounds like you are doing a good job raising your own roaches. We played around with the idea of doing that but decided against it -- not sure how it would have worked with a breeding colony and one beardie, so we're still buying our roaches at the pet store, as well as crickets and the occasional hornworm splurge. They don't always have everything, but they usually have something that he'll eat. :)
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Re: Mario's Super World

Postby MariosDad » Fri May 14, 2021 10:52 am

Mario is home!
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Re: Mario's Super World

Postby SHBailey » Fri May 14, 2021 1:33 pm

And a very nice home it is too. :D
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Re: Mario's Super World

Postby MariosDad » Fri May 14, 2021 10:08 pm

SHBailey wrote:And a very nice home it is too. :D


Thanks! He seems to really be enjoying it.
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Re: Mario's Super World

Postby SHBailey » Sat May 15, 2021 9:59 am

probably larger than the one he grew up in, huh?

That's a nice salad too. Does he eat it? It's hard to get our beardie to eat any greens at all unless we hand feed them to him, and even then he's not too enthusiastic about it. :roll: Lately he seems to prefer crickets and squash. You're lucky if yours eats greens like they're supposed to. :)
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Re: Mario's Super World

Postby MariosDad » Sat May 15, 2021 3:59 pm

SHBailey wrote:probably larger than the one he grew up in, huh?

That's a nice salad too. Does he eat it? It's hard to get our beardie to eat any greens at all unless we hand feed them to him, and even then he's not too enthusiastic about it. :roll: Lately he seems to prefer crickets and squash. You're lucky if yours eats greens like they're supposed to. :)


Yeah, we're really lucky. He's been munching greens since he was about 6 months old! :D
The first tank I built was 48 gallons, this one is 120. Big upgrade!
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Re: Mario's Super World

Postby SHBailey » Sun May 16, 2021 8:31 am

That's about the same size as the one we have for Puff. He was at least almost fully grown when we got him, so we started out with the big one -- a ready made aquarium. Took two guys to haul it in here.

I don't know much about how he was raised for the first year of his life, but from his condition when he came to the rescue, as they told me, it wasn't too good, but at least they kept him alive.

I hear that if you don't start them with veggies when they're young, they don't always take to them when they're older. So you did a good job with Mario. :D
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